Australia's Glenn Maxwell ran riot with a 46-ball 93 against Zimbabwe in the opening match of one-day international tri-series at the Harare Sports Club on Monday. PHOTO: AFP
A brutal onslaught by Mitchell Marsh and George Maxwell carried Australia to a crushing 198-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first game of a one-day triangular series in Harare on Monday.
Marsh stroked 89 from 83 deliveries after coming in at number three, while Maxwell hammered 93 from just 46 balls in an Australian total of 350 for six.
Hamilton Masakadza's 70 was the only score of note for Zimbabwe, as they were bowled out for 152 to crash to their biggest ever defeat against Australia.
The Australians picked up a bonus point in the series standings, and will take on South Africa on Wednesday.
SCORES IN BRIEF
AUSTRALIA: 350 for 6 in 50 overs (Finch 67, Haddin 46, Marsh 89,
Maxwell 93, Johnson 20 not out; Chatara 2-77)
ZIMBABWE: 152 all out in 39.3 overs (Raza 33, Masakadza 70,
Taylor 10, Mutumbami 11, Utseya 9; Starc 2-23, Lyon 2-42, Smith 3-16)
Result: Australia won by 198 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Mitchell Marsh.