Zimbabwe scripted history during the third ODI on Saturday (September 3) against Australia. It was their day at Townsville as their captain Regis Chakabva won the toss and elected to field first. Going by the records in the series, Australia clinched the first two ODIs while batting second.
The momentum was with Zimbabwe right from the start as they lost Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Alex Carey with just 31 runs on the board. Brad Evans and Victor Nyauchi troubled the batters initially. However, the worst came when Ryal Burl came into the bowling attack and started spinning the match in Zimbabwe’s favor.
David Warner, the sole fighter, looked steady at the other end and looked like playing in another world. He perished for a well-made 94 off 96 deliveries and single-handedly powered Australia past the 100-run mark as they succumbed for just 141 runs. A win here might be the first for Zimbabwe against Australia in their backyard.
Zimbabwe create history as they defeat Australia in their backyard
Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tadiwanashe Marumani looked on course to clinch the win for the red team as they put on a 38-run partnership for the opening wicket. But then, the Baggy Green bowlers bounced back and bagged wickets at frequent intervals as Zimbabwe collapsed to 77 for 5 within twenty overs.
With almost 70 more runs to chase, things started to get tough for Zimbabwe until Regis Chakabva’s grit started paving the way. The skipper steadied the foundation and looked rock solid in the ground defending the good balls. In addition to it, he started putting away the bad balls to boundaries and took his team closer to victory.
Despite pressure from the Australian bowlers, Zimbabwe won the third ODI by three wickets on the back of a gritty inning from their skipper.
It turned out to be a beautiful day for Zimbabwe as they registered their first win against Australia in Australia. Let’s take a look at the tweets that users came up with to cherish the beautiful win:
Zimbabwe are yet to play a T20I game in Australia#AusVsZim
— Harry (@Harry_Humorous) September 3, 2022
A red letter day in the history of Zimbabwe cricket. To win down under against the mighty hosts is a fantastic achievement. #AusVsZim
— Kuldeep Pathak (@i_Kuldeeppathak) September 3, 2022
— Aamir Mewati (عامر میواتی) 🇮🇳 (@aamirkhan_boy) September 3, 2022
Congratulations Team #Zimbabwe 💐
— Pranjal Mishra 🇮🇳 (@PranjalmishraIN) September 3, 2022
— Atul Tiwari (@iTiwariAtul) September 3, 2022
Amazing and historic victory for Zimbabwe… In Australian soil #AusVsZim this team is on a rise…
— MAXWELL 150 (@maxiee200) September 3, 2022
— Delhi Capitals Fan (@pantiyerfc) September 3, 2022
#AusVsZim Superb Match. Congratulations team Zimbabawe @ZimCricketv .Huge upset for home team. Once upon a time in 90's Zimbabawe is a strong side. Expecting them to be the same like before..Congrats @ryanburl3 on a match winning 5 wicket haul… pic.twitter.com/HJO2ViGTWg
— SPV (@thenameisSPV) September 3, 2022
— Siddhesh Zore (@SiddheshZore) September 3, 2022
— Mani muzic (@Manimuzic1) September 3, 2022