Thursday, 5th March 2015

Australia advances into final of cricket triangular series

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Australia booked themselves a place in the final of a cricket triangular series with Zimbabwe and South Africa after scoring a victory against South Africa by 62 runs on Tuesday in the Zimbabwean capital Harare.

Having lost their last two matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe in this series, Australia needed to win this match and they did so in clinical fashion by dismissing their opponents for 220 runs having put 282 on the board.

Their bowlers did a good job, but they owe everything to Mitchell Marsh who caused destruction with the bat when he hit an unbeaten 86 off just 51 balls five fours and seven sixes in the process.

Australia started after they lost the toss well with the first wicket partnership taking them to 46 before Aaron Finch fell.

For long periods their innings went slow only for Mitchell Marsh to explode in the last ten overs as he put 86 with a flurry of sixes to give the Australian bowlers something to work with.

Mitchell Johnson was particularly tough to play and he went for 30 runs in his nine overs.

He also claimed the wickets of David Miller and Morne Mrokel.

Faf du Plessis had an entertaining performance where he hit 126 runs but it was all in vain as the run chase fell far short.

Zimbabwe will play South Africa on Thursday and they would need to break records to go through to the final. HARARE, Sept. 2 (Xinhua)



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