1st ODI: India vs Zimbabwe - As it happened...
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Over 44.5 || Score 230/4
Utseya’s ninth over had some drama as Virat Kohli was looking to finish off things quickly after reaching his century, and was dismissed doing so as hit one straight to Sibanda at deep midwicket. One ball later, Suresh Raina was dismissed for a second-ball duck. But then Karthik and Rayudu made sure India successfully chased the target without any further damage. Mutombodzi bowled a full-toss and Rayudu worked that through covers for the winning runs. India win the match by 6 wickets.
Ambati Rayudu 63* (84b) Dinesh Karthik 8* (15b)
SK Raina c Sikandar Raza b Utseya 0 (2b)
V Kohli c Sibanda b Utseya 115 (108b)
Over 40 || Score 215/2
Ambati Rayudu slammed his maiden ODI fifty in his first match while Virat Kohli scored his 15th ODI century. It has been another superb innings from the young Indian skipper who has been in some sensational form in ODIs over the last few years. These two have added 158 runs for the third wicket and the end result is now just a formality.
Virat Kohli 115* (106b) Ambati Rayudu 56* (80b)
Over 35 || Score 170/2
You can make it out from the body language of the Zimbabwe bowlers that they have given up all the hopes of a comeback in the match. Meanwhile Kohli and Rayudu have now extended their third-wicket partnership to 113 runs. Rayudu is making the most of his ODI debut with a patient innings. Indian now need 59 runs to win from 15 overs.
Virat Kohli 82* (86b) Ambati Rayudu 44* (64b)
Over 30 || Score 138/2
It is proving out to be a decent partnership for Team India as Kohli and Rayudu have added unbeaten 81 runs for the third wicket. Zimbabwe bowlers are still searching for their third breakthrough as the match is slipping out of their hands.
Virat Kohli 63* (71b) Ambati Rayudu 31* (49b)
Over 25 || Score 112/2
Indian skipper Kohli reached his half-century as he worked a ball towards point for a single. Good start to the series for Kohli. Slowly but steadily, Rayudu is also building his innings. These two have added 25 runs in the last five overs.
Virat Kohli 50* (57b) Ambati Rayudu 18* (33b)
Over 20 || Score 87/2
Virat Kohli is now looking comfortable the crease. Kohli will be disappointed if he doesn’t score a big one from here onwards. On the other hand, after years of wait, Ambati Rayudu is finally playing in the ODIs and he would want to make the best of the opportunity. India added 20 runs in the last five overs.
Over 15 || Score 67/2
Rohit Sharma was the next wicket to fall after Chigumbura invited him for a drive and the right-hander edged it to the keeper. The dismissal ended the 31-run partnership between him and Kohli. India now need 167 runs from 35 overs. Debutant Ambati Rayudu is the new man at the crease.
RG Sharma c Taylor b Chigumbura 20 (40b)
Over 10 || Score 40/1
After the loss of the first wicket, Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli are on the process of stabilising the innings. The duo has added 21 runs in the last five overs. The run-rate shouldn’t be a concern for Team India and one strong partnership will make the job easier for the upcoming batsmen.
INDIA Over: 5 II Score: 19/0
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are in the middle for India as they look to chase down the target of 239 runs set by Zimbabwe. Kyle Jarvis will start the proceedings of the second innings. Just two from the first over. Tendai Chatara will share the new ball with Jarvis and he concedes four in his first. Rohit Sharma scored his first boundary after guiding the first delivery of the third over to fine leg fence. That was the only scoring shot in the over. Just one from the fourth over. The fifth proved to be a good over for India as Dhawan scored two boundaries in it.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 50 II Score: 228/7
From the 46th over came 13 runs. The first delivery of the over from Mishra was short and Chigumbura pulled it away for a boundary. The sixth was played over extra cover region by Mutombodzi for a maximum. Vinay Kumar picked his first wicket in the 47th over dismissing Mutombodzi after having him caught at point by Shikhar Dhawan. Mutombodzi scored 8 (7b, 6X1). Chigumbura ended the over with a six over midwicket fence. The 48th over by Shami proved to be a tight one as he conceded just three runs in it. Off the 49th, bowled by Unadkat, came six runs including a boundary. Shami bowled the final over of the Zimbabwean innings and off it came just five runs. India need 229 runs to win this first ODI.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 45 II Score: 191/6
Shami Ahmed is back. OUT! Cleaned him up! Waller has been dismissed by Shami after the batsman was bowled while attempting a drive. Waller scored 2 (7b). Elton Chigumbura is the new batsman in the middle. One run and a wicket in the over. The next from Jadeja was a maiden. Off the next (by Shami) came two boundaries - both by Chigumbura. Nine runs came in it. Mishra picked his third wicket in Raza after having him bowled off the first delivery of the 44th over. Raza scored 82 (112b 4X6, 6X2). Four runs and a wicket in the over. Chigumbura turned the heat on Vinay Kumar in the 45th over hitting him for two consecutive boundaries. 11 runs scored from the over.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 40 II Score: 166/4
Batting powerplay is in operation. Vinay Kumar is back for a second spell. On strike is Taylor and he begins with a single. Raza launches the next from Kumar straight over his head for a maximum. Terrific shot that! A triple to Raza off the sixth took the total from the over to 12 runs. A promising start to the powerplay by the Zimbabweans. Five runs came in the next bowled by Unadkat. The 38th proved to be another fruitful over for the home side as Raza scored a boundary and a six off the first two deliveries. 12 runs came in it. Taylor scored his first boundary off the first delivery of the next over thanks to an inside edge. However, Unadkat had the last laugh after having Taylor caught by Raina at deep square leg. It was a short delivery and Taylor attempted a pull but couldn't get it right. Six runs and a wicket in the over. Malcolm Waller is the new batsman in the middle. Jadeja was brought back to bowl the final over of the powerplay and in it came just four runs.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 35 II Score: 127/3
Virat introduced Suresh Raina into the attack and he immediately made impact removing Williams with his sixth delivery. It was a bit quicker and Williams went for a drive but failed in his endeavour as the ball sneaked through the gap between his bat and pad and crashed onto the stumps. Williams scored 15 (29b, 4X2). Hamilton Masakadza is the new batsman in the middle. Off the third delivery of the next over, Raza reached his maiden ODI fifty. He took 88 deliveries to reach the landmark. Ravindra Jadeja brought back into the attack. His fifth is short and Masakadza went for a cut but ended up edging it`past the slip region. However, it raced away to the fence for four. Masakadza showed some aggression and charged down the track and lifted the first delivery of the 34th over from Raina over mid on for a boundary. He attempted another ambitious stroke off the fourth delivery but was outdone by the googly as the ball crashed on the stumps. He scored 11 (12b, 4X1). Zimbabwean skipper Brendan Taylor is at the crease now. Shami is back. His pitches the fourth delivery short and Raza pulls it away for a boundary. Seven from it.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 30 II Score: 103/1
Mishra continues from the other end. Three runs from it. The following over by Unadkat fetches them just two. Shami Ahmed brought back into the attack replacing Mishra. Williams greets him with a boundary employing a pull as he pitches his first delivery of the second spell a bit short. Shami attempted a bouncer off his sixth and Raza pulled it over midwicket region as the over ended as it began - with a boundary. Nine runs came from it. With a single off the fourth delivery of the 29th over, Zimbabwe reached 100-run mark. Six runs added to the total in the over with the help of a triple and three singles. Shami proved expensive in his last over prompting Kohli to bring Mishra back into the attack. Just two runs came in it.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 25 II Score: 81/1
Spin from both ends is in operation from India. Zimbabwe are steadily progressing forward. The Indian tweakers have come close to taking wicket but Raza and Sibanda have managed to staved them off. Jadeja into his sixth over. Four singles came off it. OUT! After defending the first four deliveries from Mishra in the next over, Sibanda was struck in front on the pad after coming forward to defend a googly from Mishra which he failed to spot. The Indians appealed and umpire raised his finger. So, India finally make a breakthrough. Sibanda scored 34 (72b, 4X3). Sean Williams is the new man in the middle. It is a wicket-maiden from Mishra after Williams safely defends his sixth delivery. The next, bowled by Jadeja, was again a maiden. Williams opened his account with a boundary off the first delivery of the 24th employing a reverse sweep. That turned out to be the only scoring shot in the over. Kohli brought Unadkat back into the attack and in it came five runs. SO, halfway down the innings Zimbabwe are 81/1
ZIMBABWE Overs: 20 II Score: 68/0
Zimbabwe reached the 50-run mark in the 16th over. Three runs came in it. Off the next came eight runs that included a boundary Sibanda off the fourth delivery to Sibanda. Amit Mishra was brought into the attack in the 18th over and three singles came off it. India had the opportunity to get a breakthrough in the 19th over as Raza edged one from Jadeja to Kohli at first slip but the Indian skipper dropped the catch that came to him at knee height. No runs were scored in it. Six runs came in the 20th over that took the score to 68/0. India are still hunting for their first wicket.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 15 II Score: 48/0
Double bowling change by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He introduced Ravindra Jadeja into the attack and he leaks just one run in it. Unadkat continued from the other end. His fourth was short and wide, Sibanda played it over point for a boundary. Seven runs came from it. Off the following by Jadeja, Raza collected a boundary employing a sweep as the ball went to the fine leg region for four. Three runs came in the 14th while off the 15th, Raza edged one from Jadeja and the ball ran away to the fence for a four.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 10 II Score: 27/0
The sixth over by Shami was a maiden. Off the next came six runs that included a triple, a couple and a single. Off the following, Sibanda scored his first boundary of the innings driving a full delivery from Shami through long off. The ninth over fetched Zimbabwe three runs. Jaydev Unadkat was introduced in the 10th over and off it came just one run via a leg bye.
ZIMBABWE Overs: 5 II Score: 9/0
So after five overs, Zimbabwe are nine for no loss. It has been a slow start from the opening pair of Raza and Sibanda. Off the fourth over by Shami, the Zimbabwe scored their first boundary with Sibanda flicking the fourth delivery through midwicket region.
ZIMBABWE Over: 1 II Score: 0/0
Sikandar Raza and Vusi Sibanda will open the batting for Zimbabwe. Vinay Kumar has the new ball. Two slips for Sibanda. Maiden over to start with. Kumar is getting the ball to swing here. Sibanda left four of his six deliveries safely for the keeper. Shami Ahmed will share the new ball with Kumar.
TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to field first. Ambati Rayudu and Jaydev Unadkat are making their ODI debut.
With most of their top stars rested, a depleted Indian cricket team will seek revenge for the humiliation it suffered two years ago when it takes on minnows Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series starting from Wednesday, well aware of the perils of taking the home side lightly.
On their previous trip here, another depleted Indian team, captained by Suresh Raina, lost both its matches to Zimbabwe in a tri-series which also featured familiar foes Sri Lanka.
The Indians, being led by Virat Kohli this time after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested, would do well to revise the lessons of that trip before taking the field today.
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Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor(c), Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Tinotenda Mutombodzi(w), Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed, Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat