Australia outclass Zimbabwe

26 Aug 2014

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Australia flexed their muscles in their first ODI in almost seven months, powering their way to a comfortable 198-run win over Zimbabwe in Harare.

Glenn Maxwell (93) and Mitch Marsh (89) led the charge with the bat, combing for 109 off 54 balls to leave the hosts with a whopping 351 for victory.

Maxwell was at his inventive best, constantly keeping the Zimbabwean bowling attack second guessing as he powered his way to an entertaining 93 of just 46 deliveries, sending five balls over the rope and another nine crashing into the fence in the process.

Even with the removal of the two in-form batsman there was still more entertainment to come on the Aussie battting front when Mitchell Johnson cannoned one down the ground and into the window of the commentary box.

In response, Zimbabwe struggled to keep the pace and was never in the chase, despite a solid innings from Hamilton Masakadza (70), to be all out for 152 in 39.3 overs.

The wickets were shared around by all the Australian bowlers with Steve Smith claiming 3-16, Nathan Lyon 2-42 and Mitch Starc 2-23.

Marsh was named man of the match for his knock which helped set Australia’s innings.

Australia’s second match of the tri-series is on Wednesday against South Africa at Harare Sports Club and will be live on Fox Sports from 5.30pm AEST on Wednesday.

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