Steve Smith picks 3 for 16 after Marsh, Maxwell run riot as visitor surges home by 198 runs
Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell added 109 for the fourth wickets in just nine overs to take the game away from Zimbabwe as Australia registered a massive 198-run win in the in the first game of a One-Day triangular series in Harare on Monday (August 25).
Marsh, who struck seven fours and four sixes, scored a 83-ball 89 while Maxwell hammered 93 off 46 balls as Australia posted 350 for 6 in its 50 overs.
Chasing a daunting target, Zimbabwe could manage just 152 in 39.3 overs with seven batsmen failing to reach double figures. With this win, Australia also picked up a bonus point and will next meet South Africa on Wednesday.
Asked to bat first, Australia made a cautious start with Aaron Finch (98) and Brad Haddin (46) putting on 98 for the first wicket in 18.3 overs. However, Australia picked up the scoring rate and struck 15 sixes in the innings with Maxwell and Marsh accounting for nine of them.
Haddin was bowled by Elton Chigumbura while Finch was dismissed by John Nyumbu. George Bailey, the captain for the match who came in at No. 4, scored a 21-ball 14 before Sean Williams dismissed him in the 37th over.
Marsh and Maxwell then got together to start the mayhem and at one point added 63 runs in just four overs. Maxwell produced the shot of the day, reverse sweeping Williams for a huge six over the longest boundary. Australia added 147 runs in its last 10 overs.
Mitchell Johnson smashed a straight six in his innings of 10-ball 20 only to shatter the glass in the commentary box.
Zimbabwe lost Tino Mawoyo for 1, but then Sikandar Raza (33) and Hamilton Masakadza (70) added 63 runs for the second wicket. However, Raza was dismissed trying to sweep Nathan Lyon for 33.
Brendon Taylor was caught by Finch off Johnson for 10, while Chigumbura top-edged James Faulkner and was comfortably caught by Haddin in 22nd over.
Steven Smith cleaned up the tail and returned figures of 3 for 16, while Mitchell Starc took 2 for 23.