Lehmann takes Aus to victory

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Darren Lehmann took four wickets for seven runs to go with his quickfire 67 and helped Australia to a comfortable 139-run win over Zimbabwe.

Lehmann takes Aus to victory
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Harare: Darren Lehmann took four wickets for seven runs to go with his quickfire 67 and helped Australia to a comfortable 139-run win over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international cricket match here today. Australia clinched the three-match series 2-0 as expected, after winning the first match on Tuesday by seven wickets. The final match is also at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. After scoring 323 for eight wickets at leisure, Australia dismissed Zimbabwe for 184, but the home batsmen took some dislodging at first. Zimbabwe was 163 for two in the 36th over then lost four wickets for five runs and the collapse was complete in the 45th. Significant, perhaps, was that Zimbabwe's new and basically second-string team has twice held Australia at bay for long periods and batted well at times against the world's top-ranked side. But captain Tatenda Taibu's plea to give the emerging side two years to become truly competitive will probably be brushed aside when the International Cricket Council meet in July and review Zimbabwe's status in Tests and one-dayers. Since 15 of Zimbabwe's leading players went on strike in protest at the national selection panel's policies almost two months ago, the national team has lost nine consecutive matches by humbling margins. (AP)
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