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200/10 (47.3)
201/5 (33.3)
AUS won by 5 wickets
Player of the match: Cameron Green
 
And with that, we come to the end of our coverage of the first ODI between Zimbabwe and Australia. Join us again for the big one in the evening - an Asia Cup contest between India vs Pakistan. It'll be Shashwat and Sooryanarayanan who'll be bringing you the coverage right here, on Sportskeeda. Until then, this is I, Rajarshi, signing off on behalf of myself and Raghav. Have a nice day! 
Cameron Green, Player Of The Match: Finchy summarized it really well looked up footage for the last couple of days. Basically had training to realise what the wicket was doing. I think in training we realised that the wicket was a bit up and down and nipping around at the start. There was a very simple game plan, basically just hitting the back of a length and put pressure up on Zimbabwe, so I believe our bowlers did a great job. (On what the next couple of days would be like) It was just me and Marnus who trained yesterday. The golf group doesn't have enough spots available, and the fishing group cleared off before we got back from training. I'm no good at golf, so I'd like to spend time with the fishing group. 
Regis Chakabva, Zimbabwe captain: Thought the wicket was a little sticky early on, the boys did well to try and soak up the pressure a little bit, at the end we just didn't have enough runs on the board. The boys started really well, gave us a good start. We didn't quite finish well. We just need to put a few more runs on the board, take the positive that came out from today and take a step up the next game.
Aaron Finch, Australia captain: The conditions were just as I thought, it dried out a bit towards the end. Zimbabwe bowled pretty well, we watched a lot of footage to read on what to expect. We did that well, our bowlers executed the plans. The ball was moving around a bit, and Marsh was the one to go to with the movement, and Green followed Marsh and Josh (Hazlewood). (On Mitchell Starc playing 100 ODIs) Feels like he has played a lot more than 100, has had a great impact for us. 
Match summary:
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl

Zimbabwe 1st innings 200 all out (47.3 Overs)
Wessley Madhevere 72(91) | Tadiwanashe Marumani 45(61)
Cameron Green 5/33 (9) | Adam Zampa 3/57 (10)

Australia 2nd innings 201/5 (33.3 Overs)
David Warner 57(66) | Steven Smith 48*(80)
Ryan Burl 3/60 (7) | Richard Ngarava 1/26 (5.3)

Australia win by 5 wickets with 105 balls to spare.

Zimbabwe would have felt deflated with the batting collapse towards the end of their innings, and the Australian openers proceeded to pile on their misery right from the start of the chase. There were too much length and width on offer for both David Warner and Aaron Finch, none of whom were challenged with the back-of-a-length deliveries more frequently as they got the hosts off to a flier and pretty much set the tone for the run-chase straightaway. Ngarava, though, was the better of the two Zimbabwe pacers in the powerplay, hitting the right length more often, and the left-armer eventually accounted for Finch, getting him to chop on.

Steven Smith gave company to David Warner who kept going with the flow he was in. Brad Evans found some extra bounce off the deck, he went a bit overboard with it at times but bowled pretty decently other than that. Both Smith and Warner were as aggressive with their running between the wickets as per usual, putting pressure on the Zimbabwe fielders every time the ball rolled out to the field.

Regis Chakabva turned to spin soon, and Warner received not one, but two let-offs in Sikandar Raza's first over! Marumani made a meal of a rather simple catching opportunity at point, and everyone including Warner himself thought that he was out caught behind despite the umpire not thinking so, and upon review, it turned out that the umpire was correct all along! Chakabva then employed spin from both ends with Ryan Burl being introduced into the attack.

Warner continued to keep striking the ball as cleanly as ever, and got to his half-century eventually. He wasn't able to go further than that, batting on 57, he swung down the wrong line and had his furniture disturbed by a redeemed Raza. Zimbabwe, in the form of Ryan Burl, began to make a belated comeback into the game, as all of the middle-order, consisting of Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, and Mitchell Marsh, tried to finish things off in a hurry but managed to throw their wickets away. Glenn Maxwell then went on to show then how it was done, killing off any threat whatsoever right from ball one. With Smith playing second fiddle as he had throughout the chase, it took him 9 deliveries to get the job done, as he smashed 32 to guide the hosts to a 1-0 lead. 

Zimbabwe's first international cricket match on Australian soil in 18 years didn't go their way, but there were plenty of positives for them to take. Both teams meet each other three days later for the 2nd ODI at the same venue.
Maxwell wastes absolutely no time in wrapping things up! He must be wondering what the fuss was about and why did the middle-order capitulate in the first place? Australia, despite losing their way just a tad bit towards the latter stages, still manage to coast their way through to a 1-0 lead in the series! 
34.0
33.3 Richard Ngarava to Glenn Maxwell, SIX! Australia win! Full and on the pads from Ngarava, Maxwell whips this one over deep square leg fence again for a maximum.
33.2 Richard Ngarava to Glenn Maxwell, SIX! Short and on the body, Maxwell gets on his backfoot and whacks it over deep square leg fence for a maximum!
33.1 Richard Ngarava to Steve Smith, back of a length on off, Smith taps it on the off side for a quick single
Richard Ngarava (5-0-13-1) is back into the attack
A couple of deliveries landed at the right spot, but Jongwe largely looked off-colour in his first over. Just 13 away from the target now, are Australia.
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188 /5 score
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cricket bat icon Steven Smith *
47 (79)
cricket bat icon Glenn Maxwell
20 (7)
cricket ball icon Luke Jongwe
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32.6 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, on length and outside off, nudged to midwicket for a single
32.6 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, wide, down the leg side
32.5 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, on length and outside off, pushed to mid off
32.4 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, on length and outside off, Smith is not going to bother about that one
32.4 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, wide, way down the leg side
32.3 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, a bit full and on off, Smith gets in line of the ball to defend
32.2 Luke Jongwe to Steve Smith, on length and outside off, fended to point