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Jul 26, 2013
ZIM 236/9 | Overs 50 | Utseya 52*, Chatara 0* OUT! Vitori 0(1) OUT! Jarvis 2(3)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jadeja concedes only one run in that over. There isn’t much the batsmen can do as he maintains a very tight line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Utseya gets one through the gap and runs through for three. A few runs off that over for Zimbabwe.
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.
Chigumbura plays out a maiden over. Vinay Kumar bowls a few short ones and he lets them go through to the wicketkeeper.
Masakadza is gone. He tries to sweep Mishra, but only lobs an easy catch to fine-leg. Some serious work to be done here for Zimbabwe. After a promising start, the promise has just withered away.
Waller gets a run on the board and Zimbabwe need these two to build a partnership. Vinay Kumar is into the attack and has bowled better as he conceded only three.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Masakadza sweeps Jadeja and gets three for that. The batsmen are not attacking Jadeja too much and are milking runs at the other end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Utseya finally gets Dhawan! His luck runs out for the day as he tried to paddle one going down the leg side. Instead, he only got an inside edge which went on to the stumps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (c & wk), Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbara, Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tendai Chatara.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Vinay Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Amit Mishra.
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