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Watson, Clarke star in Australia’s win over Zims

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Zimbabwe were totally matchless to the mighty Aussies in the warm-up encounter at Kingstown. The World Champions won by 106 runs at the Arnos Vale Ground. Australia won the toss and batted first to put up 290/7 and in reply, Zimbabwe settled for 184 for 7.

The highlights of the day were the half centuries that were posted by Shane Watson and Michael Clarke. Watson, who had opened the batting with Brad Haddin had scored 81. Michael Clarke making a reappearance in the Australian line up after his hip injury scored a run more than what Watson had. Brad Haddin was the only other significant contributor with 47 as he put on 91 for the first wicket at more than run-a-ball. For Zimbabwe, the top scorer was left handed Sean Williams with 44. Stuart Matsikenyeri was the next top scorer with 35 to figure in a 67 runs stand for the 4th wicket along with Williams. Glenn McGrath who was keen in using the new ball in this World Cup was brought in as one change with the new ball shared by Shaun Tait and Nathan Bracken.

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