GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Three crucial run outs off wide deliveries helped propel Zimbabwe to an exciting one-run win over Australia in their World Twenty20 Championship warm-up game at the Beausejour Cricket Ground here yesterday evening.
Chasing Zimbabwe's 173 for seven off 20 overs, Australia reached 172 for seven despite gathering 31 runs in the final two overs, to fall painstakingly short of their target.
Scores: ZIMBABWE 173 for seven off 20 overs (Elton Chigumbura 76, Sean Ervine 39; Mitchell Johnson 4-23). AUSTRALIA 172 for seven off 20 overs (David Warner 72, Michael Clarke 49; Prosper Utseya 2-27).
New Zealand brushed aside Ireland by a comfortable 40 run yesterday in their warm-up match. The Black Caps, who will be facing West Indies in another Twenty20 clash today at the Guyana National Stadium, won the toss and opted to take first strike on a docile pitch and galloped to a respectable 187 for five after 20 overs. When the Irish batted, off-spinner Nathan McCullum bowled with discipline to bag three wickets for 24 runs from his allotted four overs, to help restrict Ireland to a paltry 147 for nine when the overs ran out.
Scores: NEW ZEALAND 187 for five off 20 overs (Jesse Ryder 64, Martin Guptill 50, Rob Nicol 31; George Dockrell 3-24). IRELAND 147 for nine (William Porterfield 34, Gary Wilson 30, Kevin O'Brien 28; Nathan McCullum 3-25).
Bangladesh had an easy work out in effecting a 36-run victory over Barbados in their first warm-up match at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Scores: BANGLADESH 166 for five off 20 overs (Mohammad Ashraful 35, Imrul Kayes 57, Aftab Ahmed 26; Martin Nurse 3-21). BARBADOS 130 for three off 20 overs (Ryan Hinds 50 not out, Jonathan Carter 45 not out; Abdur Razzak 1-7).