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Australia take charge

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SPORTS REPORTER
Australia A 226
Zimbabwe Select XI 82/5 (26,3 ov)
Zimbabwe Select XI trail by 144 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
ZIMBABWE will resume the second day of their three-day cricket match against Australia A needing a resilient effort from their tailenders after a batting collapse negated a good bowling effort by their bowlers on the opening day at the Harare Country Club yesterday.

Having bowled out the tourists for just 226 runs after they had elected to bat first, Zimbabwe went on to undo all that hard work with a poor batting effort to close on 82 for five and still trailing by 144 runs.

Middle order batsman Timycen Maruma lost his wicket from the last delivery of the day for just 16 runs leaving Malcolm Waller who was still unbeaten on 19 runs.

For Zimbabwe, however, the day belonged to the bowlers as Zimbabwe’s seamers blew away the Australia A batting order in what should be a confidence booster ahead of the India series.

The Zimbabwean pace trio of Kyle Jarvis, Elton Chigumbura and Tendai Chatara needed just 60 overs to knock over Australia A for just 226 runs.

Opening bowler Jarvis finished with impressive bowling figures of four for 54 runs in 16 overs while Chigumbura claimed three wickets for 42 runs from 11 overs.

Chatara picked up two wickets.

Australia A allrounder Moises Henriques was one of the only two batsmen in the touring side to get past 50 as he top scored with 71 runs while fellow Ashes contender Glen Maxwell chipped in with 61 runs.

Needing a solid batting display to put pressure on the tourists, Zimbabwe let themselves down with a poor batting effort after all their recognised batsman failed to put on any resistance.

Vusi Sibanda (15) and Sikandar Raza (14) started off brightly with a 25-run opening wicket stand before they were both dismissed inside two overs.

Skipper Brendan Taylor (5) and Hamilton Masakadza (4) struggled on the seam-friendly wicket as Zimbabwe lost four wickets for just 22 runs.

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