Zimbabwe Select XI v Australia A, Harare, 2nd day July 19, 2013

Zimbabwe lose four in tough chase of 241

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Zimbabwe Select XI 142 (Waller 25, Ahmed 4-54) & 51 for 4 (Masakadza 35*, Hazlewood 2-10) need 190 runs to beat Australia A 226 (Henriques 71, Jarvis 4-54) & 156 (Doolan 52, Chigumbura 4-26)

Zimbabwe's Select XI were asked to score the highest total of the match so far against Australia A when they were set a target of 241 to win the three-day match in Harare. As was the case in their first innings, their top order collapsed against the pace of Australia's young quicks and they will have to rely on the lower order to restore respectability. 

They did a decent job of that earlier on the second day when they put on 60 runs to post a slight recovery from 82 for 5 overnight. Elton Chigumbura went without scoring and that proved a sign of things to come. He fell to Pakistani-born legspinner Fawad Ahmed, who ran through the tail. 

Malcolm Waller and Natsai Mushangwe shared a seventh-wicket stand of 31 but both were dismissed with the score on 113. Both succumbed to the pace bowlers, leaving Ahmed to deal with the remaining batsmen. He accounted for both Kyle Jarvis, whose score of 20 was the third-highest on the card, and Tendai Chatara to leave Zimbabwe's XI 84 runs behind. 

Their bowlers made the day brighter, taking the first Australian wicket with the score on 11. Jarvis had Aaron Finch trapped lbw. David Warner's Ashes ambitions took another knock as he managed just 11 while the runs came from Nic Maddinson and Alex Doolan. 

Partnerships were insubstantial apart from 55 between Doolan and Glenn Maxwell on a slow surface. Legspinner Mushangwe was among the wickets and claimed three while Elton Chigumbura accounted for the lower order as Australia lost their last six wickets for 21 runs.

With their bowling having done a fine job in dismissing Australia A for 156, it was up to Zimbabwe's batsmen to show some temperament but they could muster very little. Vusi Sibanda was out in the second over - bowled by Gurinder Sandhu - and Sikandar Raza followed in the next over. Zimbabwe were 1 for 2 and in a familiar position of strife. 

Brendan Taylor failed to make an impression in the match, out for 5, and the day ended with Waller also dismissed for 6. Hamilton Masakadza was still at the crease but will have to see off Ahmed and marshall the middle and lower order if Zimbabwe have any chances of registering an unlikely win.

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  • Sam on July 20, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    a) Well bowled Hazlewood & Cummins. They'll be soon in Aussie colours b) Don't forget Fawad Ahmed. He's good too c) Finch has very ordinary FC record, under 30 ave. He's for the shorter versions till now d) Watson, Hughes played well in the ongoing Asheas. Khawaja has one more innings to proove his worth e) For Zim, Zim lacks in the batting & needs to produce quality batsman likes of Taylor, Williams, Masakadza f) Zim missing Vitori & S Masakadza in the pace department g) Zim should have included Mutombodzi h) Maruma at 6 isn't looking good. He's a bowling allrounder & no 8 is the place where he should bat i) If Zim wants to be a force in the international arena, Zim needs to move on from players like Utseya, Sibanda who averages 20 with the bat & 40 with the ball, perhaps economical but doesn't take wickets regularly. Don't get me wrong their fans j) Forster Mutizwa looked good to me. Don't know where Zim disappeared him.

  • Chris on July 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Terrible batting by Zimbabwe. At home and against a crippled Australia team and still lost. Can you imagine a full strength Australian team against them? especially if Zimbabwe toured down under? :)

  • Hamish on July 20, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    This team is ridiculous. How in all hell are Finch and Maxwell in over Silk and Burns? I give up on Australian batting and selecting.

    But, my hopes will stay on the bowling... Great to see Hazelwood and Cummings especially fire, they truly have amazing potential. On Hazlewood, he has been a disappointment since his outstanding U'19's , but he has all the right features, fast and he swings it. Once he works on his accuracy he could work his way to internatioinal level. On Cummings, let's hope he continues this with a changed action, we need him. Him, Bird, Sayers and Patto will be our best pace quartet in two years

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    alex doolan should be included in the ashes series. david warner should play in the fc matches before he gets picked in Australian side. shane Watson, phil hughes and usman khawaja don't deserve to play for Australia. Australia should also not forget pat cummins. he is already a better bowler than pattinson and starc combined. I pray to god he stays fit and plays 6 to 7 fc games on a row. nic maddinson and Jordan silk will be Australian players at the end of 2013-14 domestic season.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    @azzaman333 - The harsh reality is, none of them are capable of scoring big runs. When guys like Aaron Finch, averaging under 30, are captain of your 2nd XI, you know your in trouble.

  • Peter on July 20, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Not sure how this has helped Warner prepare, all this side has shown is that we have plenty of pace bowling options if we need them. Doolan, at least showed some application in what appears to be a pitch favouring bowlers. For Zimbabwe cricket, it would have been more beneficial to have played 2 games against them. They need top quality teams to play against.

  • Graham on July 19, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Zimbabwes best batsman are struggling here , I suspect the wicket is sub standard at "Country Club" which I guess is the old Harare South ? The Bowling of Jarvis has been up to standard , but the young Australian pace attack is far to good for Zims best.

  • Aaron on July 19, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    There's spots aplenty up for grabs in the Australia team, but it seems no one wants to make the runs to take them.