Goliath got his revenge, it's as simple as that!

HARARE - The Biblical story about David and Goliath has always been an all-time favourite amongst the younger kids.

When miss matches such as yesterday’s game take place, they too are commonly referred to as David verses Goliath.

The difference however is that the bedtime story we read as kids seldom happens in the real world.

The sad irony of it all was that as soon as it was announced that Australia would bat first, almost everyone in the press box cried out in one strong voice.

350! Which was exactly what the Aussies made in their 50 overs.

This was not meant in a bad way, there was absolutely no disrespect intended by anybody, it was simply a statement that was made.

On the positive side, the right team, or at least the right idea of a team, was picked.

Richmond Mutombani was pushed down the order, and rightly so.

Even though he only mad 10 you could see him wanting to rotate the strike to try and get Hamilton Masakadza back on strike.

Mutombani is a very good nudger and worker of the ball; the ideal man to have down the order at either number six or seven, depending on the state of the innings.

Hamilton Masakadza once again looked as solid as a mopane tree batting at number three, and the innovation shown in the field by Zimbabwe was a breath of fresh air.

Prosper Utseya used as an attacking spinner is what people have been calling for a number of years.

And although he didn't get wickets, Utseya was once again the pick of the bowlers with 0-44 from his 10 overs.

How often do you see a slip and a forward short leg in a one-day international cricket?

Well, Zimbabwe employed both those tactics, and although no wickets were taken, it was good to see Elton Chigumbura and his senior statesmen thinking out of the box.

Naturally, there is very little to get excited about when you are thrashed by 198 runs, but honestly speaking, what else did we really expect?

Again, there is no nastiness intended, but in all fairness, how can any team who constantly play against the likes of Bangladesh and Afghanistan be expected to do well when playing against the world's number ranked one ODI team?

Of course there were areas where Zimbabwe let themselves down, the bowlers seemed to lose all sense of direction when Glenn Maxwell came to the crease, and visibly shrunk away when the powerplay was taken in the 28th over.

Maybe Zimbabwe could also have shown more urgency when they came out to bat.

But then we once again have to remind ourselves that the batsmen hardly ever face real pace and swing bowling.

This does sound like a whole lot of lame excuses, but a reality check is what we need.

It also doesn't help when you are playing with the constant fear of losing your spot.

It now remains to be seen if Zimbabwe have learnt anything out of this bruising encounter, and if so, will they be able to put that knowledge to good use when they play South Africa on Friday?

Comments (1)

David and Goliath is not a bedtime story my friend it is a real story which happened.

Maita Manyuka - 29 August 2014

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