In the first one-day international of the series between Australia and Zimbabwe, which is being played in Townsville for the first time since 2004, Australia defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets thanks to seamer Cameron Green’s maiden five-wicket haul on Sunday.

Windy and overcast weather was present when the 13th-ranked visitors were put in to bat, and they were bowled for 200 runs in 47.3 overs. That number didn’t appear to be an issue for Australia’s seasoned batting lineup as they easily reached 201-5 with 99 balls left. After careless fielding allowed Zimbabwe’s fragile top-order to get off to a good start and ease to 61-1 by the first drinks break, innocent Kaia was caught and bowled by Mitchell Marsh for 17 runs. Wesley Madhevere, 21, and skipper Regis Chakabva, 31, both played carefully and shared a 63-run partnership after getting two quick wickets for Adam Zampa (3-57).

The last four wickets were taken for a total of 12 runs, but the lower order completely collapsed, swinging wildly against Green (5-33), whose entire haul consisted of catches in the deep. “I just got a little bit lucky there at the finish; I was just at the right place at the right time,” Green said. The bowler, trying to bowl back of a length on an uneven wicket, remarked, “I didn’t have to change what I was doing too much.”

A eulogy for former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, who died in a car accident north of Townsville in May, came before the hosts’ innings, which got off to a great start with a boundary off the first ball. David Warner and Steve Smith (48 not out) batted freely in quest of a modest goal after Aaron Finch went for number 15.

At 36, Sikandar Raza’s dropped catch prevented Warner from being run out, and two balls later, wicketkeeper Chakabva immediately examined the situation and determined that Warner had been caught behind. The review was deemed to have insufficient support to overturn the not-out decision, forcing the opener to shuffle back out to the middle.