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Zimbabwe restrict rusty Australia

Zimbabwe produced a brilliant fielding display to limit favourites Australia to 139-9 in their World Twenty20 game.

The underdogs scampered around and held a host of fine catches as most of the world 50-over champions's batsmen fell to a succession of ill-judged heaves.

Only Andrew Symonds (33) and Brad Hodge (34) threatened to really cut loose and a massive shock is now on the cards.

Elton Chigumbura (3-20) and Gary Brent (2-19) were particularly impressive and were backed up by the other bowlers.

Australia had come into the game having struggled in their warm-ups and that rustiness was carried over when Ricky Ponting won the toss and became the first skipper in the tournament so far to opt to bat.

Matthew Hayden guided his second ball, a wide one outside off-stump, into the keeper's gloves and Adam Gilchrist mis-timed a pull to Stuart Matsikenyeri at deep mid-wicket to give Chigumbura two early victims.

When Ponting heaved Brent down to third man, where Chigumbura held on, the Aussies were 19-3.

Symonds and Mike Hussey struggled to find the boundaries on a slowish pitch with a sluggish outfield and Vusi Sibanda struck another blow when he hit the target from point with Hussey short of his ground after changing his mind over a quick single.

The first six arrived in the 14th over when Hodge crashed Hamilton Masakadza over wide mid-on but two balls later the Australians were five down when Symonds was stumped lunging forward to the medium-pacer.

Hodge, the leading run scorer in Twenty20 history, then launched Tawanda Mupariwa over the fence at deep mid-wicket for his second maximum and he remained their best hope of a challenging total.

Reserve keeper Brad Haddin became the next to perish playing a big shot, Justice Chibhabha snaffling the ball at long-on, and the score was a remarkable 102-6.

Brett Lee lasted seven balls - in which he clobbered Tatenda Taibu through the off-side for a six and four - before Brent knocked out his off-stump with a full delivery.

Mitchell Johnson was sent packing in the final over thanks to a stunning combination of fielding which ended with keeper Brendan Taylor throwing down the single stump he had to aim at.

And Nathan Bracken put the seal on a dismal batting performance from the world's best team by slicing Chigumbura to deep cover where Sibanda pouched the ball with aplomb.

source - bbc.co.uk
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