Chigumbura heralds Utseya positivity

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Captain Elton Chigumbura heralded the positive influence of aspiring all-rounder Prosper Utseya, as Zimbabwe cherished a historic three-wicket win over Australia in Sunday's tri-series ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

Captain Elton Chigumbura heralded the positive influence of aspiring all-rounder Prosper Utseya, as Zimbabwe cherished a historic three-wicket win over Australia in Sunday's tri-series ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

The Australians were restricted to a modest total of 209 for nine, after which the hosts reached 211 for seven in 48 overs. The win was Zimbabwe's first over the Aussies in this format of the game in 31 years.

Chigumbura and Utseya were particularly key to success, sharing an unbroken 55-run alliance for the eighth wicket. The former struck 52 not out to the latter's unbeaten 30.

"Prosper doesn't normally play like that but he was positive. Even before the innings he said he was going to play positively. It played a big part in us winning this game," said Chigumbura.

"We just had to bat almost 50 overs and stay calm. My role was just to support Prosper because he was being more positive than I was. I knew if I could bat until the end we would have a good chance.

"It was a proud moment for everyone, for Zimbabwe Cricket and even for Zimbabwe because it's been more than 30 years since we beat Australia."

Australian captain Michael Clarke, meanwhile, has been ruled out of the rest of the competition due to a recurring hamstring injury. Clarke scored 68 not out on Sunday, which proved in vain.

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