World Twenty20 2010 warm-ups April 28, 2010

'It means a lot to us' - Chigumbura

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe have been given a timely confidence boost after their shock one-run win over Australia in their World Twenty20 warm-up match. Elton Chigumbura's boundary-laden 76 helped to set up the victory and raise morale in the Zimbabwe camp after they lost both of their games against West Indies A.

"It means a lot to us in terms of confidence," Chigumbura said. "Maybe it was only a practise match for Australia but we know they were trying their hardest and we could see that they did not enjoy losing.

"We need to believe that we are good enough to beat any team and this was a good reminder because results haven't been too good on tour so far."

Alan Butcher, in his first major outing as Zimbabwe's head coach, paid tribute to Chigumbura's game-changing innings, highlighting just how much the win meant to them ahead of two tough engagements against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, but insisting that it was a team effort that secured the match.

"It may not mean too much in the context of the tournament when it gets under way for real, but it means everything to us and to Zimbabwe cricket," he said. "Everyone played their part, and I really mean that, although Elton played the biggest part and deserves all the headlines and praise that he gets."

Mitchell Johnson, who picked up four wickets on either side of Chigumbura's explosive innings, expressed his side's disappointment at the loss to the lowly Zimbabweans, but insisted that it would not affect the team's performance in the tournament.

"Obviously we would have liked to have won," Johnson said. "When you come into these practice games you want to be pretty close to your best.

"It won't be a setback. It's disappointing to lose in a practice match but we've just got to keep going forward, keep working hard in our training sessions and make sure we're ready for the World Cup."

Australia will be hoping for a win in their final warm-up, against Windward Islands at Gros Islet on Thursday, while Zimbabwe's last practice match before the tournament begins is against Pakistan at the same venue.

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  • Cric on April 28, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    "it does not mean a lot to most of us though as this was just a warm up match"

    Zimbabwe beating Aus in the inaugural World Twenty20 was not a warm up match though.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    what has andy flower's birthday got to do with zimbabwe's win. andy is england coach so i do not see why zim's win has to be connected to him. congrats to the boys, im confident we will shock one of the giants in our group. zim is a banana peel for one of them....

  • Siphiwo on April 28, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    it does not mean a lot to most of us though as this was just a warm up match

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Congrats to Giant Killers Zimbabwe. Andy Flower's birthday is made more special today.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I do not understand why it is being reported as a shock win. In Twenty Twenty there is no shock results. The team with the best luck on the day wins. Its not a matter of skill. Its simple the bat finding the ball and the more times this happens the better the team's chances of winning.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Great to see their cricket improving.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    It happens ! Hope Oz reach Super 8's this time

  • Nitesh on April 28, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Great work!! But it doesn't count, unfortunately.. Hope they can sustain this performance through the tournament and spring some surprises..

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    zimbabawe! now west indies' lost to them doesn't look so nasty

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Elton always like winning matches against Aussies and bagging MOM awards. Zimbabwe's giant-killing act reminded me of golden days of the past and what better day than on 28th April-Andy Flower's birthday- to stun the Australians. They did it before in world T20 earlier and there is no reason why cant they beat black caps and proceed to super-8 by maintaining healthy NRR. They have got the best spin quartet and explosive players at every position (Masakadza, Coventry, Blignaut, Chigumbura). Go Zimbabwe go.

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