LIVE – Australia were stunned by Zimbabwe in the third ODI in Townsville, beaten by just 141. But Josh Hazlewood gave the home team hope of a dramatic win.
In response, Zimbabwe are 5-101 after 27 overs. They could have been six under in the 276th, but Aaron Finch’s nightmare streak continued, as the skipper took down set hitter Regis Chakabva on the first slide.
Zimbabwe beat Australia twice in international cricket, in 1983 and most recently in 2014, but never in Down Under.
After Australia swept the series with landslide wins in their first two games, Burl (5-10) starred with career top ODI figures as Zimbabwe tried to avoid a clean sweep in their first Down Under series since 2004.
Their careful bout required regular wickets against an incorrect batting order from Australia, with star David Warner opening a lone hand with 94 before being eliminated in the 31st over.
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In a boost of confidence, Chakabva won the draw for the first time in the series and his fast pitchers took advantage of the stitching conditions at Riverway Stadium.
Aaron Finch’s fights continued, with the pressured skipper falling by five after making his second slip from nemesis Richard Ngarava – it was the third time in as many games that his left arm had rejected the opening.
Zimbabwe were in place when recalled Victor Nyauchi trapped lbw Steve Smith in form for one after the stellar hitter unsuccessfully reviewed the decision.
Australia rose further to 31-3 when an impatient Alex Carey was caught behind, leaving Warner to rebuild the innings.
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After a slow start, Warner counterattacked in a distinctive bellicose style, but wickets continued to fall around him.
He eventually found strong support from Glenn Maxwell, who threw 32 sticks from just nine balls in the first game, as they combined for a 50-run partnership.
But Burl changed the game when he went into attack in the 27th minute to fend off Maxwell (19) and Ashton Agar two balls later for a duck.
In his next over, Burl claimed Warner’s key wicket, which he sought to achieve his 19th century ODI.
Burl’s whirlwind five wickets in 18 balls ensured Zimbabwe beat Australia for the first time in ODI as they approached a consolation win.
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