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Last Updated: Friday, 16 January, 2004, 07:11 GMT
Gilchrist fires Aussies to win
VB Series, match four, Hobart: Australia 344-7 (50 overs) beat Zimbabwe 196-6 (50 overs) by 148 runs

Adam Gilchrist celebrates reaching his century in Hobart
Gilchrist hit his best one-day score

Adam Gilchrist smashed a quick-fire 172 as Australia beat Zimbabwe by 148 runs in the VB one-day series.

Gilchrist hit 13 fours and three sixes in 126 balls on his way to the second highest one-day score by an Australian.

Zimbabwe lost early wickets in reply and could only manage 196-6 despite Heath Streak's unbeaten 64.

Australia's win puts them top of the VB standings with three wins from three, while Zimbabwe are bottom behind India having lost all three of their games.

Gilchrist shared an opening stand of 140 off just 22.3 overs with Matthew Hayden before Hayden was caught by Vusi Sibanda off Streak for 63.

Dropped twice before he reached his century, Gilchrist added 106 more runs with captain Ricky Ponting (37) as Australia made their best one-day total on home soil.

VB SERIES TABLE
Australia P3 W3 L0 NR0 BP2 Pts 17 RR 1.77
India P2 W1 L1 NR0 BP2
Pts 7 RR 0.53
Zimbabwe P3 W0 L3 NR0 BP0 Pts 0 RR -2.13

The left-hander was almost run out on 138 when Ray Price's throw just missed the stumps but was eventually bowled by Sean Ervine one run short of the Australian record held by Mark Waugh, who hit 173 against West Indies in 2000-01.

His dismissal at 310-1 in the 45th triggered a series of comings and goings as the home side lost four more wickets in the space of four overs.

Andrew Symonds, who was run out after a mix-up with Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke and Andy Bichel all made ducks and Michael Bevan became Ervine's second victim for seven.

The innings ended with Martyn 47 not out and Brad Hogg on six, with Streak taking 3-50 for Zimbabwe.

Gilchrist was in the action again at the start of Zimbabwe's reply, taking catches to dismiss Sibanda and Mark Vemuelen off Brett Lee and Brad Williams.

Both batsman managed only a single and when Dion Ebrahim (21) gave Gilchrist his third catch, this time off Symonds, Zimbabwe were in dire straits on 36-3.

Heath Streak
Streak treated the crowd to some big hitting of his own

The slide continued as spinner Hogg dismissed Ervine for eight and Grant Flower also departed before the total had reached three figures, run by Hogg for 40.

As in their previous two games, it was Streak who looked the most impressive batsman and he received excellent support from Tatenda Taibu in a stand of 102.

They scored at five runs an over before Taibu was caught by Matthew Hayden off Andy Bichel for 44 in the final over of the match.

Streak's fifty arrived off 66 balls and hit two sixes and three fours as he lifted his total to 169 runs in three innings in the competition, two of them not out.


Australia: A C Gilchrist (Wkt), M L Hayden, R T Ponting (Capt) D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M G Bevan, G B Hogg, A J Bichel B Lee, B A Williams.

Zimbabwe: V Sibanda, D D Ebrahim, M A Vermeulen, G W Flower S M Ervine, T Taibu (Wkt), H H Streak (Capt), S Matsikenyeri A M Blignaut, R W Price, D T Hondo.

Umpires: S J Davis and R E Koertzen.


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