2nd ODI: India vs Zimbabwe - As it happened....
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Over 49 | Score 209/10
With the wicket of Tiripano, India beat Zimbabwe by 62 in the 2nd ODI to take the unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series. While chasing a tricky total of 272, the hosts kept losing wickets from the beginning and eventually lost the match. It was certainly a lop-sided affair. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick among the bowlers as the scalped four wickets in his ten overs.
DT Tiripano c Patel b Kumar 6 (13b)
Over 47 | Score 197/9
Match is almost over for the hosts. They have lost three more wickets in the last five overs. And it now just a formality for the visitors to win the match and seal the three-match series. Poor batting display by Zimbabwe. They need 75 more runs of mere 18 balls.
AG Cremer c Rahane b Kumar 27 (42b)
N Madziva run out 0 (0b)
R Mutumbami c Patel b Binny 32 (41b)
Over 42 | Score 163/6
Dhawal Kulkarni is back into the attack. As the match is heading towards the finishing line, India's grip over it is getting stronger. The home team still need 111 runs off 54 balls and they have mere four wickets in hand.
Over 38 | Score 150/6
Richmond Mutumbami and Graeme Cremer have added 18 runs in last five overs. India must be happy with the pace runs have come thus far. Pressure is certainly on both the batsmen, as they not just have to keep the wickets intact but score runs quickly. Indian bowlers have done a good job so far.
Over 33 | Score 134/6
Two wickets in the 32nd over pushed the hosts on the backfoot. First, dangerous man Chibhabha got run out after scoring a fluent 72 and then Bhajji got the wicket of senior batsman Raza to create more pressure on the hosts.
Sikandar Raza c Uthappa b Harbhajan Singh 18 (22b)
CJ Chibhabha run out 72 (100b 9x4 0x6) SR: 72.00
Over 27 | Score 105/4
Williams Out! Patel picked up his first wicket of the match in the form of Williams. At a time of when pair of Chibhabha and Williams were looking dangerous, the slow left-arm spinner provided India a crucial breakthrough. Sikandar Raza has replaced Williams in the middle. In the mean time, Zimbabwe have crossed the 100-run mark.
SC Williams b Patel 20 (37b)
Over 24 | Score 90/3
Chibhabha took a single off the last ball, in the 24th over to complete his half-century. But most important factor for the home side is that Williams and Chibhabha too have added 50-runs for fourth wicket. India have to break this partnership, which is growing dangerously. Spinners are bowling in tandem for India -- Bhajji and Axar Patel.
Over 19 | Score 72/3
After losing three wickets early in the innings, Sean Williams and Chamu Chibhabha are trying to rebuild the innings. Bhajji has troubled Williams in the last few overs. Zimbabwe need a big partnership from these two. On the other end, India are at a good position, at least for now. Binny and Bhajji are bowling in tandem for them.
Over 13 | Score 51/3
Zimbabwe have lost three wickets in a heap. Last wicket that fell was of their in-form batsman Chigumbura. Skipper Rahane took a diving catch at slip cordon off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Sean Williams has come to the middle after the hosts lost their third wicket. In the meantime, Harbhajan Singh has come to bowl some off-spin.
E Chigumbura c Rahane b Kumar 9 (6b)
Over 10 | Score 33/2
Bhuvi picked up his 50th ODI wicket as he got the better of Masakadza. It was a perfectly pitched ball moving away from the batsman, took the outside edge of his bat and went straight inside the wicketkeepers gloves. Poor start by the hosts while chasing a tricky total of 271.
H Masakadza c Uthappa b Kumar 5 (11b)
Over 6 | Score 26/1
First breakthrough for India. Kulkarni gave India their first wicket. Sibanda played the ball straight to the point fielder and Vijay took a sharp catch. Chamu Chibhabha is playing at a good pace and has scored 22 runs in mere 28 balls. Hamilton Masakadza is the new man in.
V Sibanda c Vijay b Kulkarni 2 (13b)
Over 3 | Score 2/0
V Sibanda and CJ Chibhabha have started on a cautious note. Dhawal Kulkarni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have started the bowling proceedings for India.
Over 50 | Score 271/8
India lost their way in the last five overs of their innings. Uthappa, Binny, Jadhav and Axar all perished in search of the big hit. The hosts did a great job of restricting the men in blue to 271.
Jadhav c Mutumbami b Madziva 16 (13b)
Jadhav c Mutumbami b Madziva 16 (13b)
Binny c Sikandar Raza b Vitori 25 (16b)
Uthappa b Madziva 13 (11b)
Over 45 | Score 228/4
India lost two quick wickets - Rayudu in the 42nd over and Tiwary in 43rd. India now have a new combination - Stuart Binny and Robin Uthappa - out in the middle. With two batsmen known for their ability to smash the ball in the last 5 overs for India, they are in a position to put up a big total.
Tiwary c Vitori b Tiripano 22 (26b)
Rayudu c sub (MN Waller) b Sikandar Raza 41 (50b)
Over 40 | Score 194/2
After loss of the 2nd wicket, Rayudu and Tiwary have done a good job of building up a partnership. Though the duo has not been able to produce the big hits, they have constantly rotated strike and kept the scoreboard ticking along. One of them will soon have to step up the pressure on the bowlers.
Over 35 | Score 163/2
India lost their 2nd wicket as Vijay's lofted shot resulted in him being caught out on the boundary. After juggling the ball, Waller completed the catch on his third attempt. Having done all the hard work, the right-hander is gutted with his mode of dismissal. Manoj Tiwary, another batsmen in need of scoring some big runs, joined Rayudu out in the middle.
Vijay c sub (MN Waller) b Madziva 72 (95b)
Over 30 | Score 139/1
India lost their first wicket in the 26th over. Rahane spooned a simple catch to the fielder at cover off a delivery, coming in, from Chibhabha. Soon after his partner's dismissal, Vijay brought up his fifty career ODI fifty by picking up 2 runs in the deep midwicket. Centurion from the 1st ODI, Ambati Rayudu walked out to bat after the skipper's wicket.
This has been a solid & patient fifty from Vijay in bowler-friendly conditions. A lot of hard work between wickets pic.twitter.com/pplIf65osJ
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 12, 2015
Rahane c Sikandar Raza b Chibhabha 63 (83b)
Over 25 | Score 109/0
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane brought up his fifty in the 22nd over. The right-hander rocked on to his backfoot and dispatched a wide delivery from Sean Williams to the midwicket boundary to notch up his first half-century on this tour. Also, the duo's partnership reached the 100-run mark in the same over.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 12, 2015
Over 20 | Score 78/0
Rahane has looked in total control of his innings today. He has adjusted well to the pace of the pitch and negotiated the bowlers well. Vijay has given him solid company. The duo is now looking to set up a nice platform for India in order to put up a big score.
Over 15 | Score 57/0
Sean Williams was introduced into the attack in the 14th over. After a slow start, Vijay slowly picked up his scoring rate and matched it with that of his opening partner.
Over 10 | Score 39/0
Zimbabwe made their first bowling change in the 7th over, as Elton Chigumbura handed the ball to Neville Madziva. Vijay finally managed to score his first boundary of the match as he played a glorious drive off a wide Donald Tiripano delivery. The ball, majestically timed, flew past the cover point fielder.
Over 5 | Score 17/0
Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane made a cautious start to the innings. Zibabwe's new ball bowlers Brian Vitori and Donald Tiripano continued their good bowling form from the 1st ODI by not letting the Indian batsmen off the hook. Rahane has looked in good touch, while the pressure of scoring big has clearly bogged Vijay down.
Toss and team news
Zimbabwe won the toss and asked India to bat first.
ZIMBABWE XI: V Sibanda, C Chibhabha, H Masakadza, E Chigumbura, S Williams, S Raza, R Mutumbami, G Cremer, D Tiripano, B Vitori, N Madziva
INDIA XI: A Rahane, M Vijay, A Rayudu, M Tiwary, R Uthappa, K Jadhav, S Binny, A Patel, H Singh, B Kumar, D Kulkarni
2nd ODI preview
The visitors huffed and puffed to a narrow four-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. They will now be keen to clinch the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead.
The Zimbabweans showed why it wouldn't be all that easy for Ajinkya Rahane's men to walk away with wins despite being pre-series favourites on paper.
The Indians have much to worry about on the batting front given that the middle order let the side down badly. In fact, had it not been for career-best efforts by Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny, even putting up a decent total on the board would have been quite tough for the tourists.
Rayudu, whose previous best score was 121, displayed tremendous maturity to steer India to the 250-plus score in the able company of Binny, who also made a career-best 77 off 79 balls.
The likes of Murali Vijay (1), Manoj Tiwary (2) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane himself will have to come up with improved performances to ensure that India do not find themselves in another embarrassing position again in the series.
Zimbabwe, to their credit, showed stomach for a fight and skipper Elton Chigumbura epitomised that with a gallant umbeaten 104-run knock. Given the spirit shown by the hosts, the series has found the spark that a battle of unequals needs to invoke interest.
The home team's sprightly attitude was also helped to an extent by India's bowlers, who consistently erred in line and length.
Although left-arm spinner Axar Patel and Stuart Binny shared four wickets between them but senior pro Harbhajan Singh will be expected to make a greater impact in his comeback ODI series.
The Indian batsmen, on the other hand, will have to ensure that Chamu Chibhabha (2/25) and Donald Tripano (2/48) do not have the kind of strangling effect that they had in the lung-opener.
Rayudu has already stated that the conditions are particularly favourable for batsmen and his team would prefer to bat first in the series.
India: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Murali Vijay, Stuart Binny, Manoj Tiwary, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Regis Chakabva (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Tinashe Panyangara, , Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller and Sean Williams.
Match starts at 12:30pm IST.