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T20I Tri-series: Hosts Zimbabwe Face Confident Australia

ICC |July 3, 2018, 8:38 AM IST
T20I Tri-series: Hosts Zimbabwe Face Confident Australia

Harare: Australia face tri-series hosts Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday on the back of a thumping win against Pakistan. After some humbling limited overs outings on their tour of England, Australia were back to winning ways in the short format after inflicting a devastating defeat on T20 giants Pakistan, who had won their previous eight T20Is.

Towering fast bowler Billy Stanlake recorded startling figures of 4/8 from his four overs, while skipper Aaron Finch knocked off the runs in scintillating fashion, notching 68 from just 33 deliveries and guiding his side to a resounding nine-wicket victory.

His recent appointment as captain has not slowed down his personal runs-tally, but the Australian batting line-up, still finding their way after the temporary loss of Steve Smith and David Warner, must pull their weight should he fall cheaply.

Hosts Zimbabwe are looking to get off the mark in their home tri-series, as they fell at the hands of Pakistan in their opening match. The hosts were 74 runs short of Pakistan's 182/4, and they struggled to capitalise on a spirited bowling effort, bowled out for 108 inside 18 overs despite Tarisai Musakanda's impressive 43.

They must look to quell the threat of the Aussie quicks, and take advantage of a depleted Australian side. Injured fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have joined Smith and Warner on the list of absentees.

Squads: Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (c), Ryan Burl, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor (wk), Chris Mpofu, Ryan Murray, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzaraban, John Nyumbu, Malcolm Waller, Cephas Zhuwao.

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
4
IND
3 2 0 1 5 +0.53
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
4 1 2 1 3 -1.79
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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