Zimbabwe upset Australia

01 Sep 2014

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Zimbabwe has staged a huge upset, beating Australia by three wickets in their One-Day International clash at Harare Sports Club.

Australia suffered a double blow with Michael Clarke aggravating his left hamstring injury. The captain will fly home tomorrow for scans and further assessment.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Australia was put under pressure by the Zimbabwean spinners on a slow and turning pitch, with the tourists eventually posting 9-209 from their 50 overs.

Clarke top-scored with an unbeaten 68, however aggravated his left hamstring during the knock, which saw him retire before later returning for the final two balls of the innings. Brad Haddin also made 49 while Ben Cutting chipped in with 26 at the end.

In reply, Zimbabwe's chase was steady, maintaining pace with the required run-rate despite a hiccup mid-innings when they lost three quick wickets, to be steered home by their captain Elton Chigumbura (52*) with two overs remaining and three wickets in hand.

Nathan Lyon was the pick of Australia's bowlers claiming 4-44.

Australia's fourth and final group match of the tri-series is on Tuesday against South Africa at Harare Sports Club and will be live on Fox Sports from 5.30pm AEST.

The squad will have a light training session tomorrow, before Tuesday's encounter with South Africa. Zimbabwe and South Africa then play the final group match on Thursday ahead of Saturday's final.