Chevrons in heavy defeat

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

Zimbabwe’s challenges with pace and bounce were fully exposed after they lost to Australia by eight wickets in the second One Day International match in Townsville.

Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa collected three wickets apiece in Australia’s eight-wicket demolition of Zimbabwe, giving the home side an unassailable 2-0 series lead in the one-day international series at Riverway Stadium in Townsville.

After being sent in to bat, Zimbabwe were unable to repeat their respectable batting performance from game one, crumbling for 96 all out in 27.5 overs.

Starc bowled with pace to clean up Zimbabwe’s top-order.

The tourists never recovered after the top order crumbled to 25 for 3 inside the first power play, including the wicket of Sunday’s top-scorer, Wesley Madhevere, trapped leg before wicket without troubling the scorers.

The only resistance came from Sean Williams, returning from an elbow injury, who top-scored with 29 before leg-spinner Zampa (3-21) induced an edge.

When the left-hander departed, Zimbabwe were reeling at 83 for 7, but the end came swiftly as Zampa combined with seamer Cameron Green to send the lower-order packing.

Two overs after the innings break, seamer Richard Ngarava accounted for the Australia openers.

David Warner was caught low to the ground by Brad Evans at third man, and three balls later captain Aaron Finch failed to get out of single digits, caught on one by Raza in the slips.

Without the burden of scoreboard pressure, Steve Smith (47 not out) and Alex Carey (26 not out) batted fluently to chase down the remaining runs in just 14 overs.

The third and final match will be played at the same venue on Saturday.