Spinner continues to Prosper in big upset

ZIMBABWEAN spinner Prosper Utseya must be hoping the triangular one-day series against South Africa and Australia never ends.

Just two days after bagging a hat-trick against South Africa, the 29-year-old slapped a six off Mitchell Starc to give Zimbabwe its first victory over Australia since the 1983 World Cup.

To add injury to insult, skipper Michael Clarke will miss the rest of the series after being advised to fly home for treatment on his back and hamstring which he re-injured during his top score of 68 retired in Australia's innings of 9-209.

Apart from Clarke and evergreen Brad Haddin (49), the Aussie batsman failed to handle the four spinners Zimbabwe took into the match, the quartet taking six of the nine wickets to fall.

The target of 210 looked as though it would still be enough when the home side struggled to 5-106, but captain and man-of-the-match Elton Chigambura (52 not out off 68 balls), and Utseya (30 not out off 28 balls), saw Zimbabwe home with two overs and one wicket to spare to the delight of its delirious fans.

While coach Darren Lehmann admitted the selectors erred by leaving spinner Steve Smith out of the Australian side, he said "if we can't beat Zimbabwe with that side we've got problems, so we've got to sort them out. We've got to learn really quickly because teams are going to see that and they're going to react to it." Australia will have the chance to show the result was an aberration when it takes on South Africa in game five of the series in Harare tonight.


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