Zimbabwe 142 for 7 (Chakabva 37*, Marumani 35, Hazlewood 3-30) beat Australia 141 (Warner 94, Burl 5-10) by three wickets
They started well in the chase, reaching 38 in the ninth over before Takudzwanashe Kaitano edged low to second slip. In Hazlewood’s next over, Wessly Madhevere cut powerfully to point where Ashton Agar indicated he had briefly lost sight of the ball. Sean Williams did not know much about the first ball he received, a short delivery he could only fend upwards off the glove.
Sikandar Raza managed one upper cut square of the wicket off Hazlewood, but his poor series against the short delivery continued when he top-edged Marcus Stoinis to long leg.
For the first time in the series, Zimbabwe had the chance to bowl first and they made the most of it. Their seamers were excellent up front and Australia were never able to build a platform, although they contributed with some poor shot selection (or non-selection in Steven Smith’s case).
Australia have talked about taking an attacking approach in ODIs and Alex Carey tried to live by that when he aimed a huge drive at Evans but could only edge behind. Evans then produced a beautiful delivery to find Stoinis’ outside edge, although Zimbabwe needed the review system to overturn a not-out call on the field.
When Green drove Sean Williams to cover, Australia were 72 for 5 in the 18th over and Warner, who was dominating the scoring, was in desperate need of someone to stay with him.
Maxwell managed that for a while and runs came at a good rate with Warner regularly finding the boundary. For a period it looked as though Zimbabwe were losing control with their seamers waiting to be brought back, but that all changed in an instant.
Maxwell aimed into the leg side against Burl and got a big leading edge towards cover, then Agar managed to clip a huge full toss into the hands of midwicket. With the bowlers left for company, Warner continued to look for the boundary but when he tried to clear the leg side – where he had previously managed to put one onto the grass banks – Evans held a juggling catch at deep midwicket.
The final two wickets fell in the space of four deliveries and Burl walked off holding the ball aloft, barely able to believe what had just happened.