Zimbabwe shocker for Australia in warm-up
Australia suffered a stunning one-run loss to outsiders Zimbabwe in their opening World Twenty20 warm-up match in St Lucia on Tuesday. Zimbabwe made 173 for seven, featuring a dashing 76 from Elton Chigumbura, in their 20 overs before holding Australia to 172 for seven.cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2010 00:28 IST
Australia suffered a stunning one-run loss to outsiders Zimbabwe in their opening World Twenty20 warm-up match in St Lucia on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe made 173 for seven, featuring a dashing 76 from Elton Chigumbura, in their 20 overs before holding Australia to 172 for seven.
Opener David Warner top-scored for Australia with 72 and Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke made 49 but, even though left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson had earlier taken four wickets for 23 runs, Zimbabwe denied Australia victory.
Australia needed 13 off the final over but Clarke was dimissed off the penultimate delivery before Johnson, one of several Aussies to be run out, was exited off a wide.
Brett Lee's leg-bye off the last ball was not enough for Australia.
Earlier, Chigumbura's runs came from just 35 balls with six sixes and five fours in an innings where Australia all-rounder Shane Watson's two overs went for an expensive 34 runs.
Australia's opening match of the tournament proper is against defending champions Pakistan in St Lucia on Sunday.
In other warm-up matches, New Zealand proved too strong for minnows Ireland in a 40-run victory in Guyana.
Kiwi opener Jesse Ryder made 64 and Martin Guptill 50 as New Zealand compiled a total of 187 for five in their 20 overs.
Ireland, in reply, struggled with captain William Porterfield's 34, the top score in a total of 147 for nine. Nathan McCullum led New Zealand's attack with three for 25.
Brett Lee ruled out of T20 World Cup
Australia's campaign at the Twenty20 World Cup suffered a jolt as paceman Brett Lee was today ruled out of the elite event after injuring his bowling arm.
A few weeks back, Lee's IPL stint was also hit by a fracture in the thumb of his right hand. According to the team spokesman, Lee strained a muscle in his right elbow.
Wasim tips India, Pakistan
Famed Pakistani paceman Wasim Akram tipped India and Pakistan on Wednesday as joint favourites to win the World Twenty20, saying the sub-continental giants have the talent and passion to triumph.
Pakistan will defend their title in the third edition of the World Twenty20.