yorker on off, and blocked to cover. Australia win by 100 runs!
2pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. What a memorable day for cricket. A record-breaking day as Australia secured their passage into the tri-series final. The cricket, however, does not stop at all. We'll be back, once again, tomorrow morning to bring you the fourth game of the series - between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Till then, on behalf of Ranjith P, this is Sreshth Shah signing off.
1.53pm Time for the presentation.
Aaron Finch, the winning captain. Says: "Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could've started better with the ball, so I thought we could've been more polished in the field. I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don't happen very often, so very pleased with it."
Hamilton Masakadza, the losing captain. Says: "We thought it couldn't get tougher than the first match, but here it was - got tougher. Credit to Finch, he struck it from first ball. Think we can bowl a bit better. We've conceded few too many in the Powerplay. We need someone to take a bit more responsibility. Boys started well with the bat. Tomorrow, let's see if we can improve in tomorrow's game against Pakistan."
Pranay: "They have post match presentation? Who is paying for that? Can poor cricketers get their salaries instead? All those exasperated by ZIM's performance, try working for free. " -- Whoa, easy there, Pranay. Zimbabwe Cricket have recently been handed a lifeline to get their finances sorted
1.20pm If you're wondering what records were broken today. Here's the full list
Sharma: "Finch showing what is wrong with the Australian ODI team. Why can't Australia play this team in the ODI format? Yes, Paine is amazing in tests but he has no place in the limited squad - and if you need more strength in the middle over, bring in Bailey for captaincy...or let Finch do it! "
Salman Zafar: "Australia beat Zimbabwe for the very first time in T20 history lol :)"
1.15pm The win never looked in doubt for Australia, even when Zimbabwe were going at over 10 per over in the Powerplay. The day belonged to Aaron Finch - who scored over 75% of Australia's runs today in his innings of 172. With a score like that, the task for Australia's bowlers were simple. They got smashed early on, but Tye and Agar did well to finish with remarkable figures of 3 for 12 and 2 for 16. That means Australia have qualfieid into the final, and now have a ridiculous NRR of +5.10. Stick around for the post-match presentation
David: "Zimbabwe needed to score 132 to beat Short's run rate."
Pratik: "This series is showing Gulf difference between top 8 - 9 teams to the rest, Its painful to see Zimbabwe struggling in their own backyards after so many years, show fighting spirit guys!!"
low full toss on off, and that's been driven to long on for a single
Rupesh Agarwal: "@Usama...probably Pramod had stanlake in his fantasy team as captain just like me."
slower ball, full on off. Nyumbu uses his wrists to work it to fine leg for a single
short on off, and that's been slapped over backward point! The audacity, you'd think, but Nyumbu gets this off the mean of the bat!
Ahmed: "The only way Zimbabwe can win this match is to hire Rajnikanth"
back of a length outside off. Nyumbu tries to poke at it, but inside edges it to the keeper. Almost chopped on
full just outside off, and driven to cover point
rolls his fingers over this delivery. Lands full on off, and Muzarabani defends it back to the bowler
Pratik: "@Usama Whats wrong in Pramod's comment? He said to rest Stanlake against less skilled Zim team!! not sure what has hurt you? "
good length on off, and that's been worked away off his pads to the sweeper fielder on the leg side
full just outside off stump. Nyumbu tries to play towards midwicket, but misses, and the ball sneaks through between bat and pad.
full just outside off. Nyumbu drives to cover
good length outside off, but Nyumbu can't put it away. Attempts the cut, but he's done in by Stoinis' extra pace on this occasion
short on middle, and he tries to pull. Slices it though, and Short races in front mid on to complete a simple catch. Zimbabwe nine down
Usama: "@pramod one bad day can't define team. pak won series everywhere. even india cant in new Zealand. one bad day and u r saying like that. be a cricket fan"
Tozza: "Required run rate is 54! Good luck!"
low full toss on middle, and he manages to swing through to the leg side. A single collected
good length just outside off, and he prepares to play the late cut. Except he can't get bat to ball
good length outside off, and slapped off the front foot to cover
yorker on leg stump, and the batsman does really well to dig it out of the blockhole
full on middle stump, and he works it off his toes to short fine leg
full outside off, and Burl drags this to the leg side. Swings through the ball's line, but mistimes it to long on. The easiest of catches for Richardson
good length outside off, but angling into the stumps. Mpofu attempts the cut but misses out on the shot
good length outside leg stump, and Burl pokes down to fine leg for a single
|Harare Sports Club|
|Toss||Zimbabwe, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 683|
|Match days||03 July 2018 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||Australia 4, Zimbabwe 0|