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Over 30.5 || Score 145/1
In the 27th over both the Indian batsmen – R Sharma and S Raina completed their fifties. Where Raina took just 60 balls Sharma used 84 balls to complete his half-century. In this over India scored eight runs. After the completion of 29th over, India took the batting powerplay. And Raina utilised the first over quite well by scoring 14 runs off Chatara’s over, which includes two boundaries – first over mid-on and the next at square leg. In the 31st over Rohit took the charge from Raina and first hit a four off Vitori and then hit a towering six over the long on boundary. And with two runs off the fifth ball of the over India win the match by 9 wickets and 19.1 overs to spare.
Over 25 || Score 98
Both the batsmen are looking comfortable at the crease and are hitting boundaries on their will. Williams was introduced by Taylor in the 21st over. Raina collected a boundary off the 21st over and that was the only boundary scored till the end of 25th over. Less than fifty runs are required for India to win the match. Raina crossed 40 runs mark and Rohit is 39 by the end of 25th over.
Over 20 || Score 78/1
Both the batsmen at the crease are now looking to spend some time in the middle and are taking singles. In the 18th over Raina scored a boundary off Utseya by hitting the ball on the on side between two fielders. In the following over Raina opened full face off the bat and send the ball over the bowlers head for a four.
Over 15 || Score 53/1
After the dismissal of Pujara, Suresh Raina came to the crease. On the third ball of the 11th over Raina played a scintillating cover drive and pierced the pack off side field for four off Chatara. From the 12th came eight runs. In the following over came two boundaries. First, Raina stepped out to Utseya’s second ball and hit it over bowlers head and on the fifth ball Rohit collected a boundary over the cover area. India scored ten runs of this over. With the single of the last ball of the 14th over India touched the mark off 50 runs. Suresh Raina is looking in no mood to drag the match unnecessarily and is scoring swiftly. Though in the 15th over India only managed to score three runs.
Over 10 || Score 23/1
So far both the strike bowlers – Chinouya and Vitori bowled decently. They are not giving too much of room to the Indian openers. On the other hand Indian batsmen are also not looking in a hurry to finish off the match quickly. Seventh over bowled by Vitori was a maiden. In the following Pujara sent a loose ball towards the point boundary. Zimbabwean fielders are looking all charged up. Tendai Chatara has been introduced into the attack in the 10th over. Out. And in the second ball Chatara gave Zimbabwe its first breakthrough. A perfectly pitched delivery went through the gates of Pujara.
CA Pujara b Chatara 13 (24b )
Over 5 || Score 12/0
After playing first over quite carefully, in last ball of the second over Pujara played a cracking shot off the back foot for four in the cover area. In the third, India only managed to score a single off the fifth ball. In the following, Indian openers once gain scored just a single but in the fifth over Rohit Sharma played a beautiful cover drive on the third ball of the over for four.
Mohit Sharma made an impressive ODI debut by scalping two wickets in his ten over quota and spent just 29 runs. Now it’s time for another ODI debutant Cheteshwar Pujara to make his first match quite special. Though, not much runs on the scoreboard to chase, but he can still showcase his class by playing a solid knock.
Once again a dismal performance with the bat by the host team and this time around they not even managed to cross the mark of 150 runs. Now it would be interesting to see how soon the Indian batsmen will finish the game and take the lead of 4-0 in the series.
Over 42.4 || Score 144
Out. In the 41st over of the innings, Mishra took his first wicket. When Chatara tried to score a big shot over square leg boundary and managed to get the leading edge off the bat and handed over a simple catch to Jadeja at covers. In the following over Vitori smashed a six to Jadeja over square leg boundary. In the following over Amit Mishra took the last two wickets of the Zimbabwean side.
MT Chinouya c Kohli b Mishra 0 (1m 1b)
BV Vitori b Mishra 8 (7m 6b)
TL Chatara c Jadeja b Mishra 1 (6b)
Over 40 || Score132/7
Batting power play started. And Kohli reintroduced Mohammad Shami into the attack in the 36th over. But in the comeback over, first Chigumbura smashed his first ball towards the boundary for a four. And then on the fourth ball Waller launched him for a six over the deep square leg boundary. Eleven runs came off it. Out. In the following over Mohit Sharma took his second wicket. A hint of away swing for Sharma and the ball kissed the outside edge of Waller’s bat and went into the gloves of wicketkeeper Karthik. Waller gutsy knock of 35 runs finally came to an end and with that a crucial partnership of 80 runs as well. Prosper Utseya came in after the fall off sixth wicket. Another bowling change by Kohli in the 37th over when Jadeja replaced Shami. Jadeja gave just two runs. In the following Sharma bowled a maiden over, it was his last over as well. He made an impressive ODI debut with these figures -- 10-26-2. Out. P Utseya went back to the pavilion after trying to hit Shami’s short ball towards the boundary and only managed to gave a simple catch to R Sharma at covers.
P Utseya c RG Sharma b Mohammed Shami 1 (12b)
MN Waller c †Karthik b MM Sharma 35 (77b)
Over 35 || Score 111/5
Elton Chigumbura and Malcolm Waller are playing sensibly. Slowly but steadily they are trying to fight back in the match. In the 33rd over they took the scoreboard to three figures. In the 34th over Waller sent a short ball by Mishra towards the boundary. And in the following over both the batsmen managed score five runs off Unadkat’s over.
Over 30 || Score 94/5
Waller scored a boundary off the penultimate delivery of the 26th over. Five runs came in it. The following over by Mishra saw the home team adding three more runs to their total. Mohit Sharma was brought back in the next by Kohli in which Waller and Chigumbura scored a single apiece. Chigumbura began the 29th over with a boundary to long-off. He failed to score off the remaining five. Waller scored his second boundary in the next bowled by Sharma.
Over25 || Score 74/5
In the 21st over, Indian skipper introduced Amit Mishra. Now both the spinners are in tandem. Mishra gave five runs in his first over. In the following Jadeja gave just a single run. Mishra is mixing up his deliveries well. A packed off side field for both the spinners, just to stop giving easy singles. The 24th over bowled by Jadeja was a maiden. In the following Mishra spent just two runs.
Over 20 || Score64/5
Out. Jadeja took his second wicket of the innings in the first ball of the 21st over. Sibanda missed the ball completely which was slightly drifting in after pitching and hit the stumps. Sibanda was just clueless. Zimbabwe lost their last three wickets in as many overs. Half of the team is back in the pavilion. Zimbabwe finally managed to add 50 runs on their score board in the 18th over, when Chigumbura guided Jadeja’s third ball towards the third man boundary. Elton Chigumbura and Malcolm Waller are at the crease. In the 19th over of the innings Chigumbura scored a boundary off Jadeja’s ball. Zimbabwe badly need a partnership here.
V Sibanda b Jadeja 24 (75m 45b)
Over 15 || Score47/4
Out. Zimbabwe lost their second wicket in the eleventh over. When Masakadza and Sibanda tried to steal a single, Ravindra Jadeja standing at gully collected the ball in a flash and hit the wickets at the bowler’s end. Masakadza fell short by a couple of inches and walked towards the pavilion. The following over was a maiden by Shami. First bowling change for India. J Unadkat was introduced into the attack in the 13th over. In the following over Kohli introduced Ravindra Jadeja as well. Out. Jadeja took a wicket in fifth ball of his first over. The Zimbabwean skipper Taylor trapped in front of the wicket when Jadeja angled the ball into the right-hander. A big blow for the host team. Out. It’s a double blow for Zimbabwe, when in the following over J Unadkat bowled a beauty and knocked off the off stump of Sean Williams.
SC Williams b Unadkat 0 (2b)
BRM Taylor lbw b Jadeja 0 (9b)
H Masakadza run out 10 (15b )
Over10 || Score 35/1
In the sixth over Sibanda scored his first boundary, when he played a straight drive on a fuller length delivery by Shami. Raza Out. In the seventh over, Mohit Sharma took his first ODI wicket by sending Raza back to the pavilion. A hint of out-swing and Raza who tried to attempt a defensive shot only managed an outside edge and the ball went inside the gloves of the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. Raza has been replaced by H Masakadza. In the following over Shami gave away five runs. In the ninth over of the innings, Sibanda drove Mohit Sharma’s fourth ball towards the cover boundary. This shot must have given Sibanda a much needed confidence. Zimbabwean batsmen need to put a price tag on their wickets if they really need to give India a tough fight in this match. In the tenth over Masakadza launched Shami towards the long leg boundary for a maximum.
Sikandar Raza c †Karthik b MM Sharma 7 (17b )
Over 5 || Score 12/0
First run from bat came in the last ball of second over bowled by Mohammed Shami when Raza flicked the ball off his hips behind square for a single. A hint of swing for the Indian seamers. In the fourth over by Shami came just two runs. Both the openers – Sibanda and Raza – are playing cautiously. First ten-fifteen overs are crucial for both the teams. Mohit Sharma is bowling wicket-to-wicket. Raza scored the first boundary of the Zimbabwean innings in the fifth over when he cut the short ball bowled by Mohit Sharma towards the cover point area.
Over 1 || Score 1/0
Mohit Sharma has started the proceedings for India. First ball, right on the money. Almost grabbed the wicket of Sibanda, when the ball jagged back into him after pitching at good length. Zimbabwe opened its account with a wide ball bowled by Mohit after the second ball.
India have done few changes in the team. Shikhar Dhawan has been rested, Cheteshwar Pujara is in. Apart from that in place of Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma is getting a chance. It’s a debut ODI match for both the players. But spinner from J&K, Parvez Rasool has to wait for some more time to get his first international match.
TOSS: India have won the toss and will bowl first.
Having already clinched the series with an unassailable 3-0 lead, a dominant India may look to test their bench strength when they take on minnows Zimbabwe in the fourth cricket one-dayer here on Thursday.
The convincing seven-wicket win in the third ODI gave India the series title, reducing the remaining two ODIs to academic interest and that could prompt the team management to experiment with the combination.
The Indians may look to rest some of the key players and give an opportunity to Cheteshwar Pujara, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane as they have not played a single match in the series.
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India: Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik(w), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed, Jaidev Unadkat, Mohit Mahipal Sharma
Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(w/c), Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori, Michael Chinouya