Zimbabwe humble AustraliaDaniel Rosam |
Newlands, Cape Town. A venue many Australian and Zimbabweans have fond memories of. Australia arrived today to a rather wet Newlands. Cape Town has had a rather wet winter as records go and today seemed like no different. As this was an evening match up the weather would take a different role under lights with a swinging ball.
The toss, which many thought would be quite crucial, wasn’t so. Ponting won it and chose to bat, but by the look on his face he really wasn’t quite sure. The pitch looked damp, and damp pitches tend to be low and slow. Utseya summed it up by saying “Its a good toss too lose, although we would have bowled because we weren’t sure what a good par score was”. So there we have it, Australia to bat and Zimbabwe to unleash what they have in the bowling department.
Australia managed to start off very slowly, losing the normally rigid Matthew Hayden for 4, followed by Gilchrist and Ponting. Australia now were reeling on 19-3 after four
Brad Hodge 35, Andrew Symonds 33
Elton Chigumbura 3-20, Gary Brent 2-19
Zimbabwe 139-5 (19.5 overs)
Brendan Taylor 60, Hamilton Masakadza 27
Stuart Clark 2-22
Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets
Cricket Web player of the match: Brendan Taylor