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Team India edged past Zimbabwe by 9 wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series at Harare Sports Club. After winning the toss, India captain MS Dhoni invited Graeme Cremer-led Zimbabwe to bat first. On a bowling-friendly track, Zimbabwe’s batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals and were bundled out for 168, thanks to Jasprit Bumrah’s match-winning four-wicket haul. India chased down the modest total with ease, as KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu put up 162-run stand for the third wicket. However, a number of record were broken by Dhoni’s young guns. Abhishek Kumar presents this contest’s statistical highlights:

1.  After the sacking of Hamilton Masakadza as captain of Zimbabwe side, Graeme Cremer was appointed as the new leader. He became the 17th player to martial Zimbabwe in ODIs.

2.  This was the 13th occasion when Indian team played with three debutants in an ODI — Yuzvendra Chahal, Karun Nair and Rahul. Such instance was last spotted on May 28, 2010; and the list featured Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav and Umesh Yadav.

3.  This was the second occasion when two batsmen from Karnataka opened in an ODI for India — Rahul and Nair. The only other time when two batsmen from Karnataka opened in an ODI for India was back in 2006 against England; it was the duo of Rahul Dravid and Robin Uthappa.

4.  Last time before today’s match when two debutants opened for India in an ODI was back in 1976: Parthasarthi Sharma and Dilip Vengsarkar. Rahul and Nair become the second debutant opening pair to do the same for India in ODI, after 40 years.

5.  Ambati Rayudu scored 120-ball 62 runs in this match and completed his 1,000 runs in his ODI career. He took 29 innings to do this and is the joint fourth-fastest Indian batsman to achieve this feat.

6.  With three players making their debut for India in ODIs in today’s match, total number 213 players have represented Indian cricket team. India is the second highest in terms of total number of players to present an international team in ODIs. England are at first, with 243 players to have represented their ODI side.

7.  Legspinner Chahal took one wicket on his debut and is the 29th spinner from India to take a wicket on his debut ODI match.

8.  Rahul is the first opener to score a century in his both first Test and ODI innings as an opening batsman.

9.  Rahul is the second opener from India to score 50 or more in his first Test and ODI innings after Dinesh Karthik.

10.  Rahul’s 115-ball 100 is the first instance by an Indian debutant scoring a century on his debut ODI match.

11.  Rahul is also the quickest Indian in terms of scoring an ODI century. He broke Kedar Jadhav record, scored hundred in his third ODI innings.

12.  Rayudu took 93 balls to reach his half-century. This was the third instance in the history of India’s ODI cricket when a batsman took 90 or more balls to reach his fifty. Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Kaif were the first two batsman to do this in ODIs. Ganguly reached his fifty in 95 balls in 2001, while Kaif took 97 balls in 2005 and interestingly both the players did that against Zimbabwe.

13.  This was India’s 452nd win in ODIs and are now joint second highest with Pakistan in terms of most ODI wins.

14.  With this century, Rahul become the 11th batsman in ODI history to make 100 on debut.

15.  Harare Sports Club becomes the first International ground in ODIs to witness two 100s on ODI debut. Rob Nicol’s unbeaten 108 in October 2011 and Rahul’s 100 not out in today’s match.

The article first appeared in CricLife

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhishekkr2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)