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FROM Trent Bridge to Townsville!

In June, ’83, Zimbabwe stunned the world with a sensational 13-run win over Australia at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Nottingham, England.

It was our first match at the World Cup.

The Chevrons scored 239/6, in their 60 overs (back then ODI cricket had 60 overs) and restricted the Aussies to 226/7.

Duncan Fletcher was the star of the show with his 69,with the bat, and 4-42 with the ball.

Dave Houghton played in that match and was dismissed for a first ball duck.

On Saturday, in Townsville, as head coach of the resurgent Chevrons, Houghton guided his men to probably their greatest win on the road.

Zimbabwe scripted history as they beat the mighty Australians in the third ODI of their three-match series to register a sensational win.

This is the first time a Zimbabwean side has defeated Australia in their own backyard and just the third time in their history of playing the men from Down Under.

The victory has sparked a massive outburst of reactions on social media, including from former cricketers and experts of the game.

Among those who took to Twitter, to laud Zimbabwe’s amazing feat, are former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer.

“Wow! Feels good when an underdog does well. Zimbabwe beating a full strength Australian side in Australia. Not that anywhere else would have been lesser, but at home beating Australia has to be one of the biggest upsets in history of ODI cricket. Well done Zimbabwe,” Sehwag tweeted.

And, Houghton was a happy man.

“We’re over the moon,” he said.

“We don’t get to beat the big sides that often and to beat them in their country is a huge plus for us and our cricket at the moment.

“I hope it goes a lot way towards providing more games.

“There’s a bit of good cricket coming up for us over the next six months, but it would be nice to get involved in tours to the bigger countries.

“The more wins we can get on tours like this, the more our chances are that we might get some bigger opponents on a regular basis.”

Houghton celebrated the win but also tempered that with realism as he acknowledged the role the toss played in the result as Zimbabwe shot out the hosts for 141 with Ryan Burl taking a brilliant 5 for 10.

“I still think the gulf is huge,” Houghton said. “I’ll be honest, if we’d lost the toss today I think we’d have seen a game similar to the second game when you are looking at it from a completely different angle. We’d struggle to beat your state sides on a good day.

“We are growing and hopefully we grow quite quickly with the amount of cricket we are beginning to get and the fact we are getting a few results like this…it’s really good in enforcing what we are trying to do with the team, the tactics and the skills they have.

“Because there’s nothing worse than working really hard at something and getting absolutely no reward. It’s nice to get these little reward top-ups to show the guys what they are doing is right.”

Burl was named Player of the Match in his side’s nail-biting three-wicket win, Zimbabwe’s first-ever ODI victory over Australia in Australia.

Heading into the three-match Dettol ODI series, Burl had taken just nine wickets from his 31 ODIs.

While he took three wickets in the first match in Townsville, he was expensive, taking 3-60 at eight and half runs per over. – Sports Reporter/Agencies

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