The Australians easily blew Zimbabwe away like feathers in a hail storm issuing them a 198 run defeat in the opening game of the triangular One Day International series.
Having won the toss, the only thing they won on the day, Zimbabwe elected to field but the decision did not pay as the Australians put up a merciless 350-6 that became the highest ODI total ever to be scored at Harare Sports Club.
Missing the services of Captain Michael Clark, the Aussies had fun on the park with the bat belting boundaries as if it was the next hottest thing on show.
Half centuries from opener Aaron Finch, man of the match Mitchell Marsh and a huge performance from Glen Maxwell – who fell just seven runs shy of his first ODI century – did enough damage to the troubled Southern African nation.
The hosts posted 144-9 in a sickening reply as the gulf between the world’s number one ODI team and the number 10 was there for everyone to see. Hamilton Masakadza played a lone hand, in reply for the hosts, with a half century that showed the brutality and menace of one of the finest attacks in the world can be tamed.
But there was no support with Tino Mawoyo, Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura all coming short on a day it mattered the most. They could not keep up with the pace of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc.