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30 Jun 2011

Zimbabwe A team tri-series 2011: Domination from Australia A

As everyone is busy in following India Vs West Indies and England Vs Sri Lanka matches, I bet very few of us are aware of the ongoing tri-series in Zimbabwe featuring the host nation along with two giants of cricket: Australia and South Africa. Wait, did we miss something? We forgot to mention that it's A-teams of respective countries and not the senior sides. No wonder many of us didn't know about the existence of this tournament. 

Zimbabwe team comprises of most of its senior players and thus playing under the name of Zimbabwe XI. Both Australia A and South Africa A have the young talents who have inconsistently played in the senior side and bunch of other highly promising players. Good to see Jacques Rudolph back in action as a captain of South Africa. A highly talented player who hasn't got enough exposure despite having the dream start of his career. He is supported by some well known names like David Miller, Rusty Theron and Roelof van der Merwe. But both South Africa and Zimbabwe appear weak in front of star-studded Australia A side featuring Tim Paine in a dual role of captain and wicketkeeper, David Warner, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, and Mitchell Marsh.

Till date, two ODI matches have taken place with Australia A winning in both occasions. Brief scorecard is below:

1st Match : Zimbabwe XI vs Australia A , Harare (29 June, 2011)

Toss won by Australia A, choose to bat

1st Inning 
Aus A           232/8 (50 overs)

Maddinson      63 (81)                                                         Mpofu    31/3
Ferguson         52 (67) 

2nd Inning 

Zim XI         142/10 (39 overs)

Masakadza    57 (87)                                                         Lyon     22/4 (Man of the Match)
Sibanda         37 (64)                                                  Hastings     22/3

Result: Australia A won by 90 runs.

2nd Match: Australia A vs South Africa A, Harare (30 June 2011)

Toss won by Australia A, decided to bat first

1st Inning

Aus A                                  214/9 (50 overs)

Finch           59 (78) (Man of the Match)                      Klienveldt           32/2 
Marsh         41 (76)                                                          Alexander           42/2

2nd Inning

RSA A                               154/10 (33.5 overs)

Kleinveldt    39 (25)                                                         Hastings             28/4
Ontong        23 (39)                                                     Butterworth             19/2            

Result: Australia A won by 60 runs.

Batting so far is disappointing from all teams. Targets were quite achievable in both occasions, but Zimbabwe and South Africa gave up the match easily to Australian bowlers. Hastings shone in both matches with his bowling. He might be in the radar of Australian selection committee for the upcoming series. 

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