Cricket: Zimbabwe shock cocky Australians

Zimbabwe have pulled off a shock five-wicket victory against Twenty20 cricket World Cup favourites Australia in Durban this morning (NZT), winning with one ball to spare.

Brendan Taylor scored an unbeaten 60 in Zimbabwe's modest total of 139 for five.

Zimbabwe restricted Australia to 138 for nine with some brilliant fielding after being asked to bowl by Ricky Ponting at the Newlands Stadium.

Prior to the tournament, the Australian media machine had been saying Australia were so far ahead of any other team, that the tournament would "lack tension".

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In an earlier match, Shahid Afridi took four wickets in Pakistan's 51-run victory over Scotland.

Scotland captain Ryan Watson won the toss at the Kingsmead Stadium and sent Pakistan in to bat.

Pakistan reached 50 for three in the eighth over of the group D match. But Younis Khan hit 41 off 29 balls and Pakistan recovered to 171 off its 20 overs, with Afridi hitting two 6s in his 22 off seven balls.

Scotland was unable to cope with the legspinners from Afridi who finished with 4-19 in his four overs.

Fast bowler Umar Gul was also too much for the Scottish batsmen, taking 4-25.

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