Exactly a decade ago, Zimbabwe caused an ‘upset’ after defeating Australia by 5 wickets in the fourth match of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20. Having won the toss, Ricky Ponting, the then Australia captain, won the toss and elected to bat.
Zimbabwe started jostling Australia from the word go. The trio of Matthew Hayden (4), Adam Gilchrist (4) and Ricky Ponting (8) were dismissed inside the powerplay, leaving Australia 22-3 in six overs. By the halfway mark, Australia had lost Michael Hussey (15) as well. Their score was tottering at 51-4 in 10 overs.
Andrew Symonds (33) and Brad Hodge’s (35*) vigil enabled Australia to score 138-9 in 20 overs. Elton Chigumbura and Gary Brent had done most of the damage for Zimbabwe. Before the second innings, Australia were still the favourites. They were expected to defend this total against Zimbabwe.
Despite losing Vusi Sibanda in the powerplay, Zimbabwe scored a decent 47-1 in six overs. By the halfway mark, their score increased to 66-3. Brendan Taylor was firm at one hand and held the key for Zimbabwe during at this point. The Zimbabweans did not lost any wicket in the next five overs and required 37 runs in the last five overs.
Australia dried up the runs, reducing he equation to 18 runs in 12 balls. When Brett Lee pinned Hamilton Masakadza (27) in front of the stumps, it appeared as if Australia would sneak past this one with a win. However, it was Taylor, who scored two boundaries (one off the bat and one off the pads) in the last Nathan Bracken over to win the match for his side.
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