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    Tri-Series, 1st Match: Australia hammer Zimbabwe by 198 runs

    Chasing a big target of 351, Zimbabwe were all out for just 152 runs in 39.3 overs in the first game of the triangular series at Harare.

    Chasing a big target of 351, Zimbabwe were all out for just 152 runs in 39.3 overs in the first game of the triangular series at Harare. (Getty Images)

    Harare: Australia made their mark in their first game in Zimbabwe in a decade as they racked up a ground-record score in a huge 198-run win over the home team on Monday to open the triangular one-day series.

    Some brutal hitting by Australia's batsmen powered them to 350 for 6 - the highest ODI total at Harare Sports Club - and the bowlers followed up to dismiss Zimbabwe for 152 in 39.3 overs.

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    Glenn Maxwell smashed 93 from just 46 balls with nine fours and five sixes for Australia. Mitchell Marsh thumped 89 off 83 balls with seven fours and four sixes. They blitzed Zimbabwe's bowlers in a damaging fourth-wicket stand of 109 from only 54 deliveries.

    Hamilton Masakadza made 70 for Zimbabwe but had no support. Steve Smith took 3 for 16 for Australia.