Zimbabwe remain without a win in the ongoing tri-series and will be playing for pride when they take on Australia on Sunday.
Venue: Harare Sports Club
Dates: Sunday, 31 August
Start time: 8:30 a.m. BST (9:30 a.m. local time)
TV and live stream: SuperSport (South Africa and Zimbabwe), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Ten Sports (India and others), Orbit Show Network (Middle East), Willow TV (USA).
Weather: According to AccuWeather.com, Harare is going to serve up yet another warm and sunny day for the match. Temperatures will reach up to 24 degrees Celsius and there is no chance of rain.
Zimbabwe’s woes seem to never end. Prosper Utseya took a hat-trick against South Africa on Friday to see the Proteas collapse from 140-0 to 190-8 and, eventually, 231 all out. That sort of total is something that should have inspired Zimbabwe to great things and give them the confidence boost they have been so desperate for. However, it wasn't to be.
Zimbabwe once again failed to get any partnership of substance together and were dismissed for 170 in their reply, losing by 61 runs.
Australia might have been blown away by South Africa earlier in the week, but they are hardly going to struggle against a Zimbabwe team that seems to be in complete disarray.
For the hosts, this match is all about pride. Nobody expects them to win, but they need to prove that they are not as spineless as their recent results suggest. Australia, meanwhile, can just continue doing what they have been doing. They have to play South Africa once more before the two sides meet in the final on Saturday.
Australia have been clinical in more ways than one, and Zimbabwe will need a miracle to beat them on Sunday.
Zim's bowlers have done all the right things and all the hard work this tri-series, but their batsmen have failed them terribly. Hamilton Masakadza has fought admirably and has 95 runs in his two matches at an average of 47.50. His role will be key, but he will need his teammates to step up and apply themselves, too.
Aaron Finch is the leading run-scorer of the series with 169 runs at an average of 84.50. His ability to anchor the innings at the top of the order has gone a long way to helping Australia build decent totals.
Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (w/k), Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura (c), Luke Jongwe, Shingirai Masakadza, Prosper Utseya, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, John Nyumbu and Tendai Chatara.
Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (w/k), Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson.
All stats via ESPNCricinfo, unless otherwise stated
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