Zimbabwe gives Australia a crushing lesson

Zimbabwe gives Australia a crushing lesson

Team Australia defeat

Australia’s defeat, vicissitudes in the game is not a new thing. Rather it can also be said that vicissitudes keep the beauty of the game where any team can give a bitter sip of defeat to any team when it is having its day. The vicissitudes that we are going to talk about today are included in the early vicissitudes of the world of cricket. Where Zimbabwe’s very weak team defeated the very strong Australian team. That too not in any common tournament or series but the 1983 World Cup. It is still counted among the biggest vicissitudes of the cricket world. Zimbabwe thrillingly won this match by 13 runs. This embarrassing defeat was accepted with great compulsion by the big veterans involved in the Australian team. Let’s know what happened in this match that the Australian team got defeated at the hands of Zimbabwe.

This match was played in the 1983 World Cup. (Symbolic Image) (Pic Credit: cricket.com.au)

On this day on June 9, 1983, in this match of the World Cup, Zimbabwe’s team batted first. In the match played in Nottingham, Zimbabwe scored a respectable score of 239 for 6 wickets. Captain Duncan Fletcher scored the highest runs. He scored an unbeaten 69 off 84 balls with the help of 5 fours. He got good support from No. 8 batsman Len Bouchart, who scored 34 not out off 38 balls. Dennis Lillee took two wickets for Australia.

Fletcher shines in bowling after batting

This goal was not very difficult for the Australian team adorned with veterans, but the Zimbabwe team, especially Duncan Fletcher, had come to the field with a different determination. The 34-year-old Fletcher played the magic from bowling after showing his hand in the batting. The entire team of Australia could only score 226 runs for 7 wickets. Opener Kepler Wessels scored the highest 76 for Australia, but for this, he faced 130 balls. Apart from him, wicketkeeper-batsman Rodney Marsh played an unbeaten 50 off 42 balls but by then it was too late. His 3 fours and 2 sixes brought the team closer to the target but could not achieve the target. This time the match played 60 overs, then Fletcher took four wickets for 42 runs in his quota of 12 overs with 1 maiden.

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