Unadkat to bowl the final over of the game. Utseya goes for a quick single and there is a direct hit at his end. However, he has just made his ground. Jarvis makes room to smash one through the off-side, but is bowled by Unadkat. Vitori comes and goes as he misses a straight one and his middle stump is uprooted. Nadkat has now taken four wickets.
Chatara is the last man and he manages to keep it out to deny Unadkat a fifer and a hat-trick. India win by 58 runs.
Chigumbura’s fighting vigil comes to an end as he edges a Shami Ahmed delivery to Dinesh Karthik for an easy catch. This innings extended Zimbabwe’s fight and Kyle Jarvis walks in now. Utseya moves across his stumps and edges it past third-man for four. Shami then gives him some more room and Utseya plays it behind point for another boundary. Utseya gets to his fifty with a triple behind square leg.
ZIM 221/6 | Overs 48 | Chigumbura 46*, Utseya 39*
Unadkat slows down the pace, but Chigumbura picks it and lofts it over the covers for two. He then changes his angle and comes around the wicket to finish a decent over. Only formalities now.
ZIM 213/6 | Overs 47 | Chigumbura 42*, Utseya 35*
Shami comes into the attack and Utseya drives him beautifully through the off-side for a brace. He then bowls a short one and it takes Utseya’s gloves and goes fine for four. Shami also doesn’t help his cause by bowling one wide down the off-side
ZIM 205/6 | Overs 46 | Chigumbura 42*, Utseya 28*
Chigumbura moves into the 40s with a crunchy lofted shot through long-on. Utseya also charges to Vinay Kumar and takes one on the full to guide it to the leg-side for a single. The Zimbabwean 200 is up with Chigumbura’s defensive push through mid-on fetching a single. Utseya then smashes a full-toss past mid-wicket for a four.
ZIM 193/6 | Overs 45 | Chigumbura 36*, Utseya 22*
This contest is merely meandering along. The result is a foregone conclusion and there isn’t anything the batsmen are doing apart from merely taking the singles.
ZIM 190/6 | Overs 44 | Chigumbura 34*, Utseya 21*
Ravindra Jadeja has bowled a one-run over. Zimbabwe are not going for the runs. A frugal over means Zimbabwe need 105 off 36 balls.
ZIM 189/6 | Overs 43 | Chigumbura 32*, Utseya 21*
Amit Mishra bowls three good deliveries but the fourth one was a medium pace delivery which was wide down the leg-side. The fifth delivery was a googly. Utseya slog-swept the sixth delivery for a couple of runs.
ZIM 185/6 | Overs 42 | Chigumbura 32*, Utseya 19*
Jadeja concedes only one run in that over. There isn’t much the batsmen can do as he maintains a very tight line.
ZIM 184/6 | Overs 41 | Chigumbura 31*, Utseya 19*
Utseya smashes one past the fielder at cover and the batsmen sprint across for two. Mishra’s googly strays down the leg-side and flicks Utseya’s pads as the batsmen pick two more.
ZIM 177/6 | Overs 40 | Chigumbura 29*, Utseya 16*
Vinay Kumar runs in to bowl the final over of the batting powerplay. He keeps it around the off-stump and doesn’t allow Utseya any chance of hitting him. It is a maiden over.
ZIM 177/6 | Overs 39 | Chigumbura 29*, Utseya 16*
What could have been a tight over from Amit Mishra ends with a boundary. Short stuff from Mishra and Chigumbura goes on his backfoot and scores a boundary through covers.
ZIM 172/6 | Overs 38 | Chigumbura 25*, Utseya 15*
Shami Ahmed is bowling a tight spell and the batsmen are not given room to free their arms. Chigumbura manages a single to long on. Utseya tries to pull a short ball, but is late on it. Yet, he manages to take a single. However, Shami over-pitches on the legs slightly and Chigumbura flicks it for four.
ZIM 166/6 | Overs 37 | Chigumbura 20*, Utseya 14*
Chigumbura has now hit a four off Unadkat. It was a full-toss on the legs and he merely guided it through square leg to pick four. He then pushes to mid-off and sets off for a quick single. The throw comes in, but the ball misses the stumps even as Chigumbura dives in.
ZIM 159/6 | Overs 36 | Chigumbura 14*, Utseya 13*
Shami Ahmed returns to the attack. There are four singles in that over and Shami mainaints a tight line around the off-stump. He then gets one to bounce and hits Utseya on the gloves as the latter is left surprised. No, in fact, it hit him on the grill of the helmet.
ZIM 155/6 | Overs 35 | Chigumbura 12*, Utseya 11*
Some excitement here. Chigumbura flat-bats it over long-off for a huge six as Jaydev Unadkat is welcomed into the attack. What a strike!! He just carted it with all power off the back-foot.
ZIM 149/6 | Overs 34 | Chigumbura 6*, Utseya 11*
Utseya and Chigumbura dealing in singles for the time being as the contest is merely meandering along. However, Utseya gets one on the legs and he guides it to fine leg for a four.
ZIM 142/6 | Overs 33 | Chigumbura 4*, Utseya 6*
Utseya gets one through the gap and runs through for three. A few runs off that over for Zimbabwe.
ZIM 136/6 | Overs 32 | Chigumbura 3*, Utseya 1*
Jadeja is introduced from the other end. Apart from the two singles and a wide down the leg side, there isn’t much for Zimbabwe as they are merely ambling along.
Mishra gets Waller. He tries to sweep the leg-spinner, but is hit in front. Again, it was one that went straight through and he was trapped in front. Prosper Utseya is in at number eight. He plays out the over as it is the second in a row.
ZIM 133/5 | Overs 30 | Waller 2*, Chigumbura 2*
Chigumbura plays out a maiden over. Vinay Kumar bowls a few short ones and he lets them go through to the wicketkeeper.
Williams tries a reverse-sweep off Jadeja, but is hit on the pads in front. The umpire took his time, but ruled in favour of Jadeja. Malcolom Waller is at the crease even as the required rate mounts. It is a wicket-maiden for Jadeja.
ZIM 127/3 | Overs 26 | Masakadza 32*, Williams 5*
Suresh Raina will bowl his gentle off-spinners. Williams placed it to point and was called for a single. The throw comes from the fielder, but misses even as Williams was miles out. Masakadza sweeps Raina and runs across for a comfortable brace. He tries the reverse-sweep, but it goes straight to the fielder at point. He tries it again, but to no avail. Raina also concedes two wides down the leg side in this over.
ZIM 122/3 | Overs 25 | Masakadza 30*, Williams 4*
Turn and bounce on offer for Jadeja as it has Masakadza beaten all ends up. Then, there is a stumping appeal which is referred to the third umpire. However, Masakadza is safely back in the crease as the replays suggested.
ZIM 120/3 | Overs 24 | Masakadza 29*, Williams 3*
Raina has dropped a tough chance at first-slip. Shami got the edge off Masakadza’s bat and Raina dived to his left, but couldn’t hold on. Williams is off and running with a single through fine-leg. Williams pulls one through mid-wicket for two.
ZIM 115/3 | Overs 23 | Masakadza 27*, Williams 0*
Masakadza pushes for a quick single through mid-off. There is an overthrow and Masakadza gets through for a second. Unadkat is bowling well and is mixing it up. A few of them leave the batsmen and then one suddenly climbs on them. Masakadza then tries to get maximum through the leg-side but only got the elevation as it falls to the ground before Dhawan can get there.
ZIM 110/3 | Overs 22 | Masakadza 22*, Williams 0*
Shami Ahmed replaces Mishra after the latter bowled a shambolic over. Those two wickets have really hurt Zimbabwe and Masakadza has the task of rebuilding this innings. It wouldn’t be an easy task, but they also have Malcolm Waller to come.
ZIM 109/3 | Overs 21 | Masakadza 21*, Williams 0* OUT! Taylor 0(4) OUT! Sibanda 55(65)
Sibanda goes! He tries to hit Unadkat over mid-wicket, but it hits the inside half off the bat and goes straight to mid-wicket. Guess who took the catch? It is Amit Mishra and wouldn’t he be delighted to take that catch.
Sensible move there as Brendan Taylor comes in. But, he has to go immediately. He tries to take a single, but it isn’t there. Instead, Unadkat picks it up and throws it at the stumps as a diving Taylor falls short at the striker’s end. Williams is the new man at the crease.
ZIM 109/1 | Overs 20 | Sibanda 55*, Masakadza 21*
Masakadza brings up Zimbabwe’s hundred with a single through extra cover. Karthik misses a stumping chance as Mishra bowls a wrong-un that foxes a chargind Sibanda. Even Mishra didn’t have a clue about it. Mishra then bowls a high full-toss and Masakadza bludgeons it on the leg-side for maximum.
ZIM 99/1 | Overs 19 | Sibanda 55*, Masakadza 14*
Masakadza sweeps Jadeja and gets three for that. The batsmen are not attacking Jadeja too much and are milking runs at the other end.
ZIM 93/1 | Overs 18 | Sibanda 53*, Masakadza 10*
Mishra comes in from this attack. Sibanda gets to his fifty in style. He dances down the track and absolutely smashes it over long-on. It was a bit outside off, but Sibanda did well to reach it and hit it over six.
ZIM 85/1 | Overs 17 | Sibanda 46*, Masakadza 10*
Jadeja is back at the bowling crease. He keeps things a quiet and concedes only the three runs after the previous over which went for plenty.
ZIM 82/1 | Overs 16 | Sibanda 45*, Masakadza 8*
Sibanda moves across and carts a Vinay Kumar delivery over fine-leg for a six. That one sailed over the ropes as Sibanda timed it to perfection. Vinay Kumar then bowls a full-toss and Sibanda drives it straight for four. The over finishes with Sibanda pulling one off a length and sending it behind square-leg for four more. That was a good over for Zimbabwe considering the three big hits.
ZIM 66/1 | Overs 15 | Sibanda 29*, Masakadza 7*
Amit Mishra, the chief destroyer in the first ODI, comes into the attack. Masakadza sweeps him and gets three runs. Sibanda gives him the charge and lofts him towards long-on. Rayudu runs across and dives to save a certain four. In fact, it had just bounced before him as he stopped it.
ZIM 60/1 | Overs 14 | Sibanda 27*, Masakadza 4*
Sibanda give Vinay Kumar a charge and gets an edge that flies high over first slip and goes into the boundary. Zimbabwe are getting these occasional boundaries, but have to up the ante. Playing out too many dot balls will not help.
ZIM 56/1 | Overs 13 | Sibanda 23*, Masakadza 4*
Unadkat pitches it short and Sibanda pulls him in front of mid-wicket for four. The fielder was placed a little square and was half-way to the boundary from the inner circle. He could not get around in time.
ZIM 50/1 | Overs 12 | Sibanda 18*, Masakadza 3*
Jadeja continues. Maskadza gets off the mark with a single. Zimbabwe’s fifty is up as they took five singles in this over.
Unadkat is bowling well and is applying himself. Raza isn’t given much room to free his arms. Sibanda has one that clibs on him and leaves him,
However, Raza falls to the tactic as he only managed to mistime a pull to mid-wicket. Dhawan was running in and took a good catch diving forward.
ZIM 44/0 | Overs 10 | Sibanda 16*, Raza 20*
Jadeja comes in the powerplay overs. The first ball is a no-ball, because they had an extra man outside the inner ring. It is a good over by Jadeja as he concedes only a single.
ZIM 42/0 | Overs 9 | Sibanda 15*, Raza 20*
Raza plays Unadkat on the rise and gets a four through extra-cover. This is something he was looking for after Unadkat had kept him quiet in the previous game. Raza then gets a brace through the leg-side and has a more settled over against Unadkat.
ZIM 36/0 | Overs 8 | Sibanda 15*, Raza 14*
Sibanda tries to withdraw the bat, but manages an edge through third-slip for a single. Raza then gets on on the pads and it trickles to the fine-led boundary for four leg-byes.
ZIM 30/0 | Overs 7 | Sibanda 14*, Raza 13*
Jaydev Unadkat replaces Vinay Kumar and gets good movement off the first ball. It surprises Raza and hits him on the body. It was a very good over as he has Raza moving around and then surprises him with a good short delivery off the last. A maiden over there and a good start for Unadkat.
ZIM 30/0 | Overs 6 | Sibanda 14*, Raza 13*
Shami strays down the leg-side and the umpire signals a wide. The batsmen sprint through for a quick single and Jadeja has a shy at the stumps at the striker’s. Believe it or not, Jadeja has broken the stumps with that throw. There is another shout for leg-before, but it struck Sibanda too high.
ZIM 26/0 | Overs 5 | Sibanda 12*, Raza 12*
Raza stands tall on the back-foot and gets a four through the off-side. It has been a decent start for the openers and they don’t seem too troubled out there in the centre.
ZIM 21/0 | Overs 4 | Sibanda 12*, Raza 7*
There is a loud shout on the first ball as Raza is hit on the pads. However, he got an inside edge onto the pads. He then gives Shami the charge and smashes him over the covers for four. One hand came off the bat as he completed the stroke. Sibanda then walks across the stumps and guides Shami behind square-leg for four.
ZIM 12/0 | Overs 3 | Sibanda 8*, Raza 2*
Vinay Kumar has a better over than his first as he gets it on a good length and purchases some subtle movement. A good comeback as he concedes only the single.
ZIM 11/0 | Overs 2 | Sibanda 8*, Raza 1*
Shami Ahmed is into the attack from the other end. It hits Raza on the pads and the batsmen push for two. As Sibanda goes to the non-striker’s end, the throw comes in, but Amit Mishra cannot hold it. Sibanda would have been out by some distance. Raza gets off the mark with a gentle push on the leg-side
ZIM 8/0 | Over 1 | Sibanda 8*, Raza 0*
Vusi Sibanda walks down the ground to Vinay Kumar and lofts it over mid-wicket for four. Zimbabwe are off and running in this game. He then pulls the last ball with disdain for another four. Encouraging start for Zimbabwe.
India have done well to reach 294 in their 50 overs. Shikhar Dhawan got a good century, despite all the chances going his way. Dinesh Karthik has got a decent half-century and it came at a time when India needed it the most. Once they were dismissed, it looked like Zimbabwe would restrict India, but Vinay Kumar essayed an attacking cameo to take India past 290.
Zimbabwe started very well, but would rue the chances of Dhawan. However, they have to put it behind them and start their innings positively.
In an attempt to clear the mid-wicket boundary, Jadeja perishes as he finds Chigumbura in the deep. Vinay Kumar is on song as he goes straight down the ground and gets a six. He then hits one through the covers and gets four. This is a good cameo for India. Vinay Kumar then dances down the ground and hits it flat over long-off for another maximum. The fielder there could only jump. Vinay has finished with 27 off 12 balls.
Shami to face the new ball and doesn’t he show shades of the MS Dhoni helicopter shot. He charges down the track and gives it everything as it flies over long-on for six. India have taken 23 off the last over. Williams started very well, but has ended up conceding a lot of runs.
Jarvis yorks Vinay Kumar, who manages to keep it out and runs for the single. Jarvis collects the ball in his follow through and tries to hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end, but ends up conceding the extra run. Jadeja smashes one back, but it hits the non-striker Vinay Kumar who has to bear the brunt of the blow. Vinay Kumar makes room off the last ball and carts it over the covers for four.
IND 263/7 | Overs 48 | Jadeja 14*, Vinay Kumar 3*
Williams is smashed straight for four as Jadeja walks down the ground and gives it everything. Jadeja wants to run for everything and retain strike. His active running gets India those extra runs in this over.
IND 255/7 | Overs 47 | Jadeja 7*, Vinay Kumar 2*
Taylor gets the field on the off-side up for Jadeja. The left-hander tries to smash it through the off-side, but cannot pierce the gap.
Sean Williams is into the attack and India’s 250 is up as Jadeja takes a single through long-on. There is another run-out. Mishra plays it behind short third man and is content with two. Little did he realise Jadeja coming for the third and he tried to make it, but was run-out by miles
IND 248/6 | Overs 45 | Jadeja 4*, Mishra 8*
Mishra charges down the wicket and lofts Chatara over the covers as they get across for three. Jarvis stopped it ver well on the boundary. Chatara concedes a wide as Mishra was moving across. He then moves across yet again and scoops it fine over the leg-side for a four.
The spirited partnership comes to an end as there is a mix-up between Dhawan and Karthik. Dhawan got an under-edge which went to Taylor behind the stumps. There was no proper calling and both batsmen were stranded in the middle as Taylor hit the stumps. However, Karthik has to go as he was closer to the batting crease.
Ravindra Jadeja is the new man and gets off the mark with a single through third-man.
IND 229/4 | Overs 42 | Dhawan 113*, Karthik 66*
Vitori comes back into the attack. More luck for Dhawan. He gets an inside edge, which hits his pads and just misses the leg-stump. But, off the next ball, he walks across his stumps and carts it over fine-leg for a massive six. The over finishes with Dhawan pulling a shot ball through mid-wicket with utter disdain as it goes for four.
IND 216/4 | Overs 41 | Dhawan 102*, Karthik 64*
Dhawan gets his century as he places one through wide long-off and sprints across for a brace. He takes the helmet off and celebrates. He had a lot of lives early on and has made full use of this opportunity.
IND 211/4 | Overs 40 | Dhawan 98*, Karthik 63*
Karthik dances down the track to Utseya and smashes it past mid-wicket for four. He then makes room and punishes a fullish delivery through the covers for four more. A poor ball by Utseya he hit by Dhawan through the covers for four as he moves closer to his century.
IND 198/4 | Overs 39 | Dhawan 94*, Karthik 54*
Karthik tries to scoop one over fine-leg off Masakadza, but doesn’t get a lot of bat on it. As a result, he only gets the single for that.
IND 194/4 | Overs 38 | Dhawan 92*, Karthik 52*
Dhawan moves into the 90s with a brace on the off-side off Utseya. Karthik gets a half-century. A much needed one for India and him personally. It has taken its time, but it has come. Utseya fires a full toss on the legs and Karthik gets down on one knee and guides it through fine-leg for four. The bat goes up in the air.
IND 183/4 | Overs 37 | Dhawan 88*, Karthik 45*
Jarvis bowls the final over of the powerplay. He pitches it short and Karthik pulls him behind square for four. These last two overs of the powerplay are turning out to be good for India. The first six of the game comes off Dhawan’s bat. Jarvis is smashed over mid-wicket as it sails over the ropes and goes into the stands. The ball is lost and the fourth umpire runs out to bring a new one.
IND 170/4 | Overs 36 | Dhawan 80*, Karthik 40*
Dhawan tries to reverse-sweep Utseya, but misses. It wasn’t given wide although it went past the designated lines. Dhawan has really lived a charmed life as he sweeps it ito square-leg as Malcolm Waller misjudges it and it goes for four. He finally gets his reverse-sweep away for four past short third-man. The hundred partnership is up.
IND 159/4 | Overs 35 | Dhawan 70*, Karthik 39*
No boundaries off the powerplay yet as they are only taking singles. The big shots aren’t coming by and they would target the boundaries in the last powerplay overs.
IND 154/4 | Overs 34 | Dhawan 67*, Karthik 38*
Dhawan tries to attack Utseya, but gets one high in the air, which falls in no-mans land. Another wide bowled, but it was tight and it past Karthik as he tried to sweep it.
IND 150/4 | Overs 33 | Dhawan 65*, Karthik 37*
The Indians have opted for the batting pwer-play. With both of them set and having got their eye in, they can now play a few expansive strokes with the field in. They aren’t able to find the boundaries, but get the single off every ball. India’s 150 is up.
IND 144/4 | Overs 32 | Dhawan 62*, Karthik 34*
Utseya also bowls a wide. There have been too many in this innings, 11 so far. The batsmen are now content to take singles as these two consolidate.
IND 139/4 | Overs 31 | Dhawan 60*, Karthik 32*
Masakadza hits Karthik on the pads, but the umpire doesn’t move. It may have gone down the leg-side which has saved Karthik there. Dhawan moves about in his crease as the bowler runs in, but only carves it through the covers for a single.
IND 135/4 | Overs 30 | Dhawan 58*, Karthik 31*
Utseya continues and Karthik now moves into the 30s. This is a decent recovery by the two batsmen as they haven’t taken too many risks. Dhawan opens the face of the bat and gets an educated edge to third-man for a couple.
IND 130/4 | Overs 29 | Dhawan 55*, Karthik 29*
Hamilton Masakadza is into the attack with his gentle medium pacers. Karthik gets three off the first two balls and Dhawan plays out the rest of the over. He tried to sweep one, but doesn’t connect and it hits his body.
IND 127/4 | Overs 28 | Dhawan 55*, Karthik 26*
Karthik goes for the reverse sweep again and connects this time to pick up a boundary of the first ball from this Utseya over. Utseya, however, keeps it tight in the rest of the over and has only three more singles to give away.
IND 120/4 | Overs 27 | Dhawan 54*, Karthik 20*
Shikhar Dhawan reaches his fifty! Chigumbura bowls one on his pads and he dispatches it to the deep square leg boundary to bring up his half-century. He and Karthik eke out four more singles from the over.
IND 112/4 | Overs 26 | Dhawan 48*, Karthik 18*
Utseya continues. He tosses one up to Karthik who drives it through covers and the batsmen collect three runs. Karthik even attempts a reverse sweep off the last delivery and fails to connect but India still get six runs from it.
IND 106/4 | Overs 25 | Dhawan 46*, Karthik 14*
Karthik hits one to mid-wicket and Sikandar Raza puts in a diving stop. There is a bit of doubt about it, but the third umpire confirms he has done well. The batsmen get three for that. India’s hundred is up as Dhawan gets a single.
Karthik drives through the off-side and gets four for it. Typical class there!
IND 96/4 | Overs 24 | Dhawan 45*, Karthik 6*
Utseya’s off-spinners are introduced. He continues from where he left off in the previous game and doesn’t give Karthik an opportunity to score. Only the single off the over as Karthik places the last ball through long-on
IND 95/4 | Overs 23 | Dhawan 45*, Karthik 5*
Chatara piitches it short, but Dhawan pulls it with power to fine-leg for four. The fielder dives, but in vain. Finally, India have a boundary. He takes things sensibly as he pushes for a single after the boundary. Zimbabwe shouldn’t let go the pressure. Karthik tries to move for a single, but is denied by Dhawan. The fielder shies at the non striker’s end and it goes for four over throws. Chatara then bowls on the legs, and Dhawan flicks him fine for another four.
IND 81/4 | Overs 22 | Dhawan 32*, Karthik 4*
Dhawan charges down the ground in trademark style, but misses that one from Chigumbura. The Zimbabwean all-rounder tries to move it away, but gets it too wide.
IND 77/4 | Overs 21 | Dhawan 30*, Karthik 4*
Chatara is bowling well and has settled into his rhythm. Indian batsmen can only work it around for a few singles. Not much on offer.
IND 74/4 | Overs 20 | Dhawan 28*, Karthik 3*
Chigumbura continues and the Indian batsmen are still battling it out. Karthik gets one on the legs and he turns it around square-leg, runs across for a couple.
IND 71/4 | Overs 19 | Dhawan 27*, Karthik 1*
Dhawan takes a risk and makes his ground trying the quick single to mid-off. Karthik plays out the rest of the over as Chatara gets it in the right areas.
IND 70/4 | Overs 18 | Dhawan 26*, Karthik 1*
The first ball shaves past Dhawan’s edge and there is a half-hearted appeal. Dhawan dabs one on the off and sets off for a quick single. Karthik also gets off the mark with a quick one through mid-wicket.
Chatara gets his name on the scoreboard. This one is a bit lucky as he strays down the leg-side and Raina gets a feather, which is well taken down the leg side by Brendan Taylor. Zimbabwe are getting the wickets at regular intervals. A good job by their bowlers. The only thing that they need to do is plug the extras as they have already bowled nine wides and eight no-balls.
IND 62/3 | Overs 16 | Dhawan 23*, Raina 3*
Elton Chigumbura is the brought into the attack as Vitori gets a breather after a long spell. He begins with a wide, but gets better as the over progresses. However, there are a few that are on the pads and the batsmen have no problems in working him away for singles.
IND 59/3 | Overs 15 | Dhawan 22*, Raina 2*
It is about rebuilding now for India and Dhawan has to be the man. In fact, Raina too has to do the job and would want to make amends from his last game. Chatara maintains the pressure although there is a wide and the batsmen run two quick singles.
Vitori gets his man! Rayudu chases one outside off and spoons a catch to Prosper Utseya at cover. A laboured stay for Rayudu as he consumed 25 deliveries for his five. Raina is the new man in and he gets off the mark immediately.
IND 54/2 | Overs 13 | Dhawan 21*, Rayudu 5*
There is a change in the bowling as Tendai Chatara replaces Jarvis. He starts off with a wide down the off-side. He raps Dhawan on the pads off the next, but the ball had hit him too high. A few quick singles taken in that over.
IND 51/2 | Overs 12 | Dhawan 20*, Rayudu 4*
Vitori is keeping things very tight, but occasionally bowls a wide. Rayudu moves down the wicket and places one through extra-cover for a quick single as India complete their 50. Dhawan moves into the 20s with a single.
IND 48/2 | Overs 11 | Dhawan 19*, Rayudu 3*
Jarvis bowls a good over at last. He is consistent in his line and length and keeps it tight. That makes Dhawan do something different and he walks down the ground and pushes one through mid-off for four. Otherwise, it has been a good over.
IND 44/2 | Overs 10 | Dhawan 15*, Rayudu 3*
Another chance gone for ZImbabwe! Vitori troubles Rayudu with a few moving deliveries and then pitches it full. Rayudu punches it in the air to the bowler, but Vitori cannot hold on. He looks at his hand and is in a bit of pain.
IND 43/2 | Overs 9 | Dhawan 15*, Rayudu 3*
Dhawan is living a charmed lie! He chases a half-volley and gets an edge to the wicket-keeper. Taylor fumbles a regulation chance. What have you done? His team-mates would say. And as the script has been today, Jarvis bowls a no-ball. No, he did not overstep. However, his leg shattered the stumps in his run-up a la Steven Finn.
Rayudu is away as he flicks one through wide long-on and runs through for three. This has been an erratic spell by Jarvis as we have seen everything from him.
IND 38/2 | Overs 8 | Dhawan 14*, Rayudu 0*
Vitori gets a few in the right spot, but then also gets them on the legs. Dhawan places one to fine-leg to take a single. With the right-handed Rayudu in, he bowls it down the leg-side for a wide.
Jarvis errs in his line and he gets it on his pads. Kohli punches it through mid-wicket and they ran four, even though the fielder stopped it in the boundary. The next ball, he checks his shot and the ball lobs to mid-on. Malcolm Waller dives forward to pouch the ball as Zimbabwe celebrate. However, Kohli is not convinced and asks the umpire to have a look.
From one angle, it looked like it had gone on the bounce to Waller, but then another one confirmed he had taken it safely. The umpire gives him out, but the Indian captain continues to argue. Yet, there is nothing he can do and has to go back. Ambati Rayudu is the new man.
Jarvis oversteps again, but Rayudu cannot exploit the free-hit. He is yet to get off the mark.
IND 31/1 | Overs 6 | Dhawan 13*, Kohli 10*
After a roller-coster of an over, there is some sanity to the proceedings here. Dhawan would be thanking his stars for the repreive. Vitori however, maintains his line. He gets one very wide, but Kohli only reaches out to it, but couldn’t time it. Kohli is stopped in the pull and it lobs over the off-side. However, the two fielders cannot get there. Kohli gets a life now.
IND 29/1 | Overs 5 | Dhawan 12*, Kohli 9*
Dhawan faces Jarvis for the first time in this game. The first one moves past his bat and then he fishes at the next one, getting the edge. Zimbabwe celebrate, but the umpire calls for the replay and Jarvis has clearly over-stepped. A life there for Dhawan and he gets a free-hit. Who said life is fair?
But, Jarvis is not helping his own cause. He oversteps off the free-hit and the ball flicks Dhawan’s leg as it goes for four leg-byes. He finally lands his foot behind the line, but Dhawan makes use of the opportunity and carts a full-toss over the covers for four. Jarvis then overpitches and Dhawan leans forward to get another boundary through the covers.
IND 14/1 | Overs 4 | Dhawan 3*, Kohli 9*
Dhawan works Vitori behind square-leg and sprints across for three to open his account. Vitori then completes a decent over as he gets it in the right channels to keep Kohli in check. The last one climbed a touch and Kohli left it.
IND 11/1 | Overs 3 | Dhawan 0*, Kohli 9*
Kohli is the man in form. Jarvis pitches it in his half and Kohli gets his foot forward and times it through the covers for four. All class in that shot. Jarvis then strays down the leg-side and Kohli gets some bat on it for it to go fine for another four.
Rohit is gone. His innings in his 100th ODI ends in disappointment. He tries to play an expansive drive through the off-side, but gets and edge. Vusi Sibanda took a comfortable catch at second slip. Brian Vitori gets a wicket off his first delivery. What a return to the side.
Kohli walks in and gets off the mark fist ball with a flick to third-man. Vitori is getting good movement here away from Dhawan and the batsman doesn’t want to take too many chances here. This is a testing phase and India have to approach it with caution.
IND 2/0 | Over 1 | Rohit 1*, Dhawan 0*
Kyle Jarvis opens the attack and is getting movement away from the right-hander. He gets one to move a little too much and the umpire signals a wide as India are off and running. Rohit Sharma is watchful and lets a few go through to the wicket-keeper. This is Rohit’s 100th ODI. He gets off the mark off the last ball with a dab through third man.