RESULT
3rd match, Harare, July 03, 2018, ZIM T20 Tri Series
(20 ov, T:230) 129/9

Australia won by 100 runs

Player Of The Match
172 (76)
aaron-finch
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P
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Comms: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Australia 229/2(20 overs)
Zimbabwe 129/9(20 overs)
Peter Moor 19 (11)
Andrew Tye3/12 (4)
Ashton Agar2/16 (4)
end of over 206 runs
ZIM: 129/9CRR: 6.45 
John Nyumbu6 (9)
Blessing Muzarabani1 (2)
Andrew Tye 4-1-12-3
Marcus Stoinis 2-0-11-1

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

19.6
Tye to Nyumbu, no run

yorker on off, and blocked to cover. Australia win by 100 runs!

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!!"

final ball...

19.5
1
Tye to Muzarabani, 1 run

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."

19.4
1
Tye to Nyumbu, 1 run

slower ball, full on off. Nyumbu uses his wrists to work it to fine leg for a single

19.3
4
Tye to Nyumbu, FOUR runs

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"

19.2
Tye to Nyumbu, no run

back of a length outside off. Nyumbu tries to poke at it, but inside edges it to the keeper. Almost chopped on

19.1
Tye to Nyumbu, no run

full just outside off, and driven to cover point

end of over 191 run • 1 wicket
ZIM: 123/9CRR: 6.47 RRR: 107.00
Blessing Muzarabani0 (1)
John Nyumbu1 (4)
Marcus Stoinis 2-0-11-1
Andrew Tye 3-1-6-3
18.6
Stoinis to Muzarabani, no run

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? "

18.5
1
Stoinis to Nyumbu, 1 run

good length on off, and that's been worked away off his pads to the sweeper fielder on the leg side

18.4
Stoinis to Nyumbu, no run

full just outside off stump. Nyumbu tries to play towards midwicket, but misses, and the ball sneaks through between bat and pad.

18.3
Stoinis to Nyumbu, no run

full just outside off. Nyumbu drives to cover

18.2
Stoinis to Nyumbu, no run

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

18.1
W
Stoinis to Mpofu, OUT

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

Chris Mpofu c Short b Stoinis 3 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.75
end of over 181 run • 1 wicket
ZIM: 122/8CRR: 6.77 RRR: 54.00
Chris Mpofu3 (15)
Blessing Muzarabani0 (0)
Andrew Tye 3-1-6-3
Marcus Stoinis 1-0-10-0

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!"

17.6
1
Tye to Mpofu, 1 run

low full toss on middle, and he manages to swing through to the leg side. A single collected

17.5
Tye to Mpofu, no run

good length just outside off, and he prepares to play the late cut. Except he can't get bat to ball

17.4
Tye to Mpofu, no run

good length outside off, and slapped off the front foot to cover

17.3
Tye to Mpofu, no run

yorker on leg stump, and the batsman does really well to dig it out of the blockhole

17.2
Tye to Mpofu, no run

full on middle stump, and he works it off his toes to short fine leg

17.1
W
Tye to Burl, OUT

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

Ryan Burl c Richardson b Tye 10 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
end of over 1710 runs
ZIM: 121/7CRR: 7.11 RRR: 36.33
Chris Mpofu2 (10)
Ryan Burl10 (14)
Marcus Stoinis 1-0-10-0
Jhye Richardson 4-0-23-1
16.6
Stoinis to Mpofu, no run

good length outside off, but angling into the stumps. Mpofu attempts the cut but misses out on the shot

16.5
1
Stoinis to Burl, 1 run

good length outside leg stump, and Burl pokes down to fine leg for a single

Best performances - batters
AJ Finch
AJ Finch AUS
172 runs (76)
16 fours10 sixes
Control
69%
Productive shot
slog shot
45 runs
3 fours5 sixes
4511220434542
DJM Short
DJM Short AUS
46 runs (42)
3 fours2 sixes
Control
69%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours0 six
05141021014
Best performances - bowlers
AJ Tye
AJ Tye AUS
O
4
M
1
R
12
W
3
ECO
3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
AC Agar
AC Agar AUS
O
4
M
1
R
16
W
2
ECO
4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossZimbabwe, elected to field first
Series
Season2018
Player Of The Match
Australia
Aaron Finch
Match numberT20I no. 683
Match days03 July 2018 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
Zimbabwe
Jeremiah Matibiri
Zimbabwe
Langton Rusere
TV Umpire
Zimbabwe
Russell Tiffin
Reserve Umpire
Zimbabwe
Iknow Chabi
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe
PointsAustralia 4, Zimbabwe 0
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