Zimbabwe beats Australia for the first time in 31 years

BY NATALI IVERSON - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

Zimbabwe beat Australia by three wickets with 12 balls to spare, in the one-day international at the Harare sports club on Sunday.

Australia are said to be embarrassed by the loss, as this was Australia’s first loss to Zimbabwe in 31 years. The last win was the World Cup in 1983.

Zimbabwe set the score with 211-7 in 50 overs with three wickets remaining, with Australia’s 209 all out.

Australia struggled with Zimbabwe’s strong spinners as they took six of their nine wickets, with Zimbabwe spinners Sean Williams and Prosper Utseya taking the limelight of the game.

 "I think credit needs to go to Zimbabwe," Australian captain Michael Clarke said.

"I think their spinners bowled really well to us, they used the conditions really well.

"Obviously we didn't bat very well at all. And then they played spin really well. They bowled a lot better than us.

"We continually talk about facing spin bowling as an Australian team. It seems to be an area that we continue to struggle in and today's another example of that."

 

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