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Published:Tuesday | August 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Zimbabwe hammered by 198 runs

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):

Australia racked up the records in their first game in Zimbabwe in 10 years, hitting the highest one-day score at Harare Sports Club on the way to a 198-run victory and their biggest win ever over the Zimbabweans, yesterday.

Some brutal hitting by Australia's batsmen powered them to 350-6 and the bowlers followed up to dismiss Zimbabwe for 152 in 39.3 overs to open the ODI triangular series with a huge win.

"To play like that at the start of the tournament, we're all very happy," Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson said.

Glenn Maxwell smashed 93 from just 46 balls with nine fours and five sixes for Australia. Mitchell Marsh thumped 89 off 83 balls with seven fours and four sixes. They blitzed Zimbabwe's bowlers in a damaging fourth-wicket stand of 109 from 54 deliveries.

Hamilton Masakadza made 70 in Zimbabwe's chase, but had no support as the home team fell to their heaviest defeat to the Aussies - 50 runs heavier than the previous record loss in Hobart in 2004.

Madrid win, Atletico draw

Cristiano Ronaldo scored from long range to seal Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over the promoted Cordoba yesterday, while Atletico Madrid were held 0-0 at Rayo Vallecano as they stumbled at the start of their Spanish league title defence. Ronaldo and Karim Benzema made sure that the European champions made a winning start in their league opener with goals in each half of a victory that a frisky Cordoba threatened to spoil.

Coach Diego Simeone, suspended for eight matches, then watched from the stands at Vallecas Stadium as his Atletico failed to equal Madrid and Barcelona's first-round victories. Barcelona made a strong start on Sunday when Lionel Messi scored twice to beat Elche 3-0.