Welcome to Sportstar’s HIGHLIGHTS of the second One-Day International between India and Zimbabwe from the Harare Sports Club.
INDIA BEAT ZIMBABWE BY 5 WICKETS
Kaia to bowl his first over. Two dot balls to start the over. Three in a row now. SIX to finish the match. Samson smokes this full ball over long-on as India romps to a five-wicket win and seals the series.
Mandhevere into the attack. Axar Patel the new batter. He cuts off the backfoot through a vacant point region to collect four runs. Punched to long-off next ball for a single. India three runs away from a win. Wide ball down leg side. India needs two to win now. Samson takes a single off the last ball to keep strike. Scores level.
Hooda is cleaned up by Raza with a slower yorker as India loses its fifth wicket with the target within touching distance.
Samson in a hurry to finish things here as he punishes Williams for two back to back sixes.
Just three singles from the over as Raza keeps it quiet with his spin.
Six runs from the over including a four from Hooda as India inches closer to a resounding win.
Evans bowls twop wides as he concedes four runs in the over. He also dropped Hooda early in the over.
Evans bowling his third over
An excellent first over by Raza- just one run conceded.
Raza to bowl his first over today
FOUR- It was a powerful shot by Samson as he hit the ball over the bowler’s head and it raced to the fences for a four.
Chivanga bowling his seventh
FOUR- Classy by Samson. The ball is punched through covers in style. The timing was beautiful. FOUR- This time it’s Hooda with the boundary. The ball is hit over the leg slip region for a four.
Jongwe back for his fourth
An excellent over by Chivanga as he concedes just one run.
Chivanga bowling his sixth
FOUR- A classy shot by Gill. Timed the ball beautifully as the ball raced through covers for a four. OUT- Shubman Gill c Evans b Jongwe 33 (34b 6x4 0x6) Gill goes. He did not get the required connection as the ball took a top edge and reached Evans. at deep third.
Jongwe bowling the 14th over
Hooda LBW appeal. The umpire says no but Zimbabwe takes a review. Review lost. The ball was sliding down leg. Hooda survives. FOUR- A good reply by Hooda. He drives the ball as it hits the middle of the bat. The ball races through covers for a four.
Evans back for his second
OUT-Ishan Kishan b Jongwe 6 (13b 0x4 0x6) Kishan cannot connect with the ball and it takes an inside edge and hits the stumps. Three runs from the last ball of the over. Hooda in at No 5.
Jongwe to bowl the 12th
FOUR- Gill hits a boundary in the last ball of the match. It is an edge but no one is there to take it as the ball reaches the fence.
Evans to bowl his first over
5 WIDE- Cheap runs conceded by Jongwe again as India gets five runs. FOUR- A classy shot by Gill as he goes straight down the ground and sends the ball to the fence.
Jongwe bowling his firsrt over
Chivanga bowls a tight one, conceding just a single and wide.
Nyauchi continues. Gill leans into a crisp cover drive to collect a boundary. He then uses his feet to push to mid-off for a quick single.
Dhawan drives a full one outside off beautifully for four through the covers but Chivanga gets him next ball with a short one that Dhawan pulls to midwicket. India two down. Ishan Kishan the new man in.
FOUR- A beautiful shot by Dhawan. Straight down the ground for a boundary. FOUR- Another boundary for Dhawan. 5 runs- cheap runs conceded by Zimbabwe on the overthrow.
Nyauchi bowling the sixth
Five runs from the over
Chivanga back into the bowling attack
FOUR- A boundary for Gill. He punches the ball through midwicket for the boundary.
Nyauchi bowling his second over
FOUR- Beautifully timed by Dhawan. The ball races through midwicket for a boundary. 11 runs from the over.
Chivanga to bowl the third
OUT- Nyauchi gets KL Rahul. The Indian skipper reviews it. REVIEW LOST- KL Rahul lbw b Nyauchi 1 (5b 0x4 0x6)KL Rahul walks back to the pavilion with just one run.
Victor Nyauchi to bowl his first over
Dhawan and KL Rahul open the batting for India. Chivanga has Dhawan in a bit of trouble on the first ball with one that angles into the left-hander from round the wicket. Dhawan leaves as the ball brushes the pads on the way to the keeper. India off the mark with a bye. Rahul on strike. Angling down the pads and good take by the keeper - one wide. Rahul is off the mark with a single to backward point off a length ball outside off. Single for Dhawan to end the over.
Shardul Thakur (3/38) is India’s highest wicket-taker in the match
RUN OUT-Tanaka Chivanga run out (Kuldeep Yadav/Prasidh Krishna) 4 (4b 1x4 0x6)- A horrible misjudgement and Chivanga is run out. A simple stumping for Krishna. Zimbabwe finishes with 161 runs on the board.
Krishna to bowl the 39th over
SIX- First ball of the over and Burl swings the bat hard. The ball goes out of the park over the long-on boundary. It was an 85-metre six. RUN OUT-Victor Nyauchi run out (Rahul/Samson) 0 (0b 0x4 0x6). A missed catch preceded the run-out as KL Rahul dropped the ball but he quickly threw the ball to Samson who did well to hit the wickets before Burl could make it home. FOUR- Chivanga hits a boundary with the first ball he faced. LBW appeal for Chivanga not given and India takes a review. Review shows not out.
Kuldeep bowling the 38th over
OUT- Brad Evans b Patel 9 (13b 1x4 0x6)- Samson had just missed a stumping in the last ball of the over and Axar was not happy. However, he gets his wicket in the final ball of the over. A thick inside edge and the ball hits the wickets.
Axar bowling the 37th over
FOUR- Kuldeep had given just two runs before he gets hit for a four in the last ball. Burl nudges the ball off his pads and the ball rolls away to the fence. there was a fielder chasing it but could not get to the ball in time.
Kuldeep bowling the 36th over
Evans is given LBW and he immediately reviews it. Ultraedge shows that the ball had hit the bat before hitting the pads. The review is retained and Evans survives.
Axar bowling the 35th over
Dropped- Kuldeep had a chance to dismiss Evans but he drops the catch. Should have done better there. FOUR- Evans capitalizes on the dropped catch. Right after he is dropped, he hits a boundary. Six runs conceded by Yadav in the over.
Kuldeep to bowl the 34th over
Jongwe collects a four with a lofted cover drive. However, Shardul gets him next ball. It’s another length delivery and Jongwe looks to make room and drive again on the off but misses the shot this time.
Tight over from Siraj with just a wide and a single.
Shardul with the ball. He gets a short one to rear on Burl and rap him on the thumb. However, Burl has the last laugh as he ends the over with a four - a top edge over the keeper on the pull.
Siraj concedes six runs in the over. It included a 5 wide.
Siraj back into the attack
Two runs from the over. Zimbabwe struggling with the bat.
Thakur to bowl the 29th over
OUT-Sean Williams c Dhawan b Hooda 42 (42b 3x4 1x6). This is a big one. Williams was getting comfortable at the crease. A wrong shot selection and Williams could not connect with the ball. East catch for Dhawan at deep backward square leg.
Hooda to bowl the 28th over
FOUR- Burl beats mid-on and sends the ball to the fence. Good timing of the ball.
Kuldeep to bowl the 27th over
Hooda concedes just two runs in his first over. A good start from the spinner.
Hooda to bowl his first over
FOUR- A boundary after 44 balls. Williams comes forward and lifts the ball over midwicket to score the boundary. A welcome one for Zimbabwe.
Kuldeep back for his fourth over
Indian spinners have bee economical. Axar conceded just four runs. Axar needs a wicket to get going.
Axar back for his fifth over
A good over from Zimbabwe. Seven runs from it.
Kuleep back into the attack
Four runs from the over. Zimbabwe need another partnership.
Axar back into the attack
OUT- Sikandar Raza c Ishan Kishan b Kuldeep Yadav 16 (31b 0x4 0x6). Kuldeep breaks the Raza-Williams partnership. A good catch by Ishan Kishan as he took a couple of steps back to take it. Raza could not read the ball and he was disappointed as soon as he hit it. Three runs and a wicket for Kuldeep from the over.
Kuldeep back into the attack
Four runs from the over. A good partnership growing for Zimbabwe.
Axar Patel to bowl his third over
A good opening over by Kuldeep. Four runs conceded by him.
Kuldeep Yadav enters the attack
Raza is given lbw but he has opted to review it. And the review is retained. The review shows that the ball is missing the wickets. Raza survives
Patel comes back for his second over
FOUR-Smashes and smashes it hard. Length ball wide outside off, going further away. It was a length ball wide outside off and Williams sends the ball square on the off side for four. SIX- Williams was not in total control of the pull shot. It takes a top-edge but clears the field.
Krishna back for his sixth over
Patel concedes four runs in his first over.
Axar Patel to bowl his first over
Just two runs conceded by Krishna. Another good one for India.
Krishna back for his fifth over
FOUR- A lucky one for Zimbabwe but they will take it. A thick inside edge and the ball races away to the fence. Five runs from the over
Thakur back into the attack
OUT-Wessly Madhevere c Samson b Prasidh Krishna 2 (12b 0x4 0x6)-Edged behind again and India gets its fourth wicket. This is sharp bowling by the Indians.
Williams in No 6
Bonus runs for Zimbabwe. Would have been just a single but an excited overthrow leads to a boundary.
Krishna back for his fourth
OUT-Innocent Kaia c Samson b Thakur 16 (27b 2x4 0x6)- Shardul takes India’s second wicket. Kaia tried to pull but there was a light sound as it went to the keeper. Samson is confident with his appeal and the umpire raises his finger. OUT- Regis Chakabva c Shubman Gill b Thakur 2 (5b 0x4 0x6)- Shardul strikes again. This time he gets the captain. There was an edge to the second slip.
Shardul back for his third
Just one run from the over. Siraj continues with his impressive spell.
Bonus runs for Zimbabwe- It would have been just a single but an excited overthrow
Siraj back for his sixth over
FOUR- Kaia flicks the ball in the air and the ball goes over circle and crosses the fence. Another wide to follow.
Six runs from the over. Two boundaries in the match till now and both have been conceded by Shardul.
Shardul with his second over
OUT- Takudzwanashe Kaitano c Samson b Mohammed Siraj 7 (32b 0x4 0x6)- Siraj strikes! First wicket of the match for India. A good ball and it goes for an edge. Samson does well to catch the ball.
Madhevere comes in at No. 3
An excellent over for Siraj as he bowls a maiden wicket.
Siraj to bowl his fifth over
FOUR- First boundary of the match for Zimbabwe. Not the best way to get it but a much-needed one for the host. A good for Zimbabwe. Seven from it.
Shardul Thakur into the bowling attack
Another solid over by Siraj as he concedes just 1 run.
Siraj back for his fourth over
Another two for Zimbabwe. Kaitano swings his bat and sends the ball towards third man but Siraj stops the boundary with a good fielding effort.
Krishna back for his third over
Successive couples for Zimbabwe. Siraj ends strongly with a dot ball. But finally some runs for Zimbabwe.
Siraj to bowl his third over
Kaitano hits the ball to square leg for a single. Krishna finishes the over strongly. Just two from it.
Krishna back for his second over
Another maiden over for Siraj. A solid start by the Indian bowling attack.
Mohammad Siraj back for the third over
Krishna follows Siraj’s over with another maiden. The only run from the over came from a bye.
Prasidh Krishna to bowl the second over
A good start for India as Siraj bowls a maiden in the opening over of the match.
Mohammad Siraj opening the bowling for India
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Ishan Kishan, 4 KL Rahul (capt), 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Sanju Samson (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Mohammed Siraj.
Zimbabwe: 1 Takudzwanashe Kaitano, 2 Innocent Kaia, 3 Sean Williams, 4 Wessly Madhevere, 5 Sikandar Raza, 6 Regis Chakabva (capt & wk), 7 Ryan Burl, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Bradley Evans, 10 Victor Nyauchi, 11 Tanaka Chivanga.
Hear what last ODI’s man of the match Deepak Chahar has to say ahead of the second ODI
12:15 pm: TOSS UPDATE
Indian captain KL Rahul wins the toss and chooses to bowl.
Team news: Indian team has one change. Shardul Thakur will replace Deepak Chahar. For Zimbabwe, Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tanaka Chivanga come in. Tadiwanashe Marumani and Richard Ngarava are the ones out.
Skipper KL Rahul would hope to get some valuable batting time as the Indian team is expected to recalibrate its goals to create some challenge for itself in the remaining two ODIs against Zimbabwe.
The gulf between the two teams would always make these kinds of bilateral contests lopsided but a bigger goal for the ‘Men In Blue’ would be to push the limits.
The immediate target for the side would be to try and bat first in case Rahul wins the toss in Saturday’s second ODI.
The early start on a bouncy track and sufficient nip in the air would pose some challenges for the batters. There won’t be any Jimmy Anderson or Josh Hazlewood in operation but even then battling the conditions would be a good test for Rahul and his players.
Deepak Chahar had pointed out after the first game that there is little help for the bowlers during the second session and the only time there’s some challenge for batters is the first hour of the match.
Before facing the might of Shaheen Shah Afridi in Asia Cup, a morning session with deliveries moving both sides, albeit with a gentle pace, would be a decent enough extended net session for Rahul.
While ‘Captain Rahul’ showed his elder statesman-like qualities by letting Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill open in the first game, the ‘Batter Rahul’ also needs to get his priorities right before the Asia Cup.
He needs to quickly adapt to Team India’s “attack at all costs from the onset” philosophy and that can’t just happen overnight.
Against a side like Zimbabwe, which is not good enough to even challenge a top Indian domestic side, Rahul would get an ideal opportunity to experiment with his batting.
Similarly, Deepak Hooda, if given a chance to bat up the order, can also build his confidence.
Then there is Sanju Samson, If he plays at No.4, it gives him ample scope to build an innings of significance.
For acting head coach VVS Laxman, as much as he would like to experiment, he wouldn’t mind winning the series first before giving some of the reserves a chance to test themselves.
Therefore a left-right combination of Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul won’t be a bad option in case Shikhar Dhawan’s forearm injury sustained towards the end of the match turns out to be serious.
Winning the series is important but creating different kinds of situations and testing the game awareness of the younger lot in pressure cooker scenarios should be on the checklist.
Deepak Chahar bowling seven overs at one stretch is a good sign and indicator that he is gradually building up his workload.
Similarly, Prasidh Krishna would like to try a few more variations than his back-of-the-length stuff while Mohammed Siraj won’t mind a few more wickets.
Just like batting in the morning could be a challenge for Rahul and Co. bowling in the warm afternoon conditions with no lateral movement on offer would test the character of pacers and their improvisation skills.