KL Rahul (right), along with Ambati Rayudu, that did the damage and also broke the back bone of the Zimbabwean bowling attack © AFP
KL Rahul (right), along with Ambati Rayudu, that did the damage and also broke the back bone of the Zimbabwean bowling attack © AFP

Visitors India played hard-fought cricket on a tough track as they beat hosts Zimbabwe convincingly by nine wickets in the first of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on Saturday. Although it was not an easy track to bat on, and with the victory coming in the 43rd over chasing a paltry target of 169, it was a convincing win for India. KL Rahul played a gem of an innings in his debut game. Nevertheless, Zimbabwe have hardly anything to panic and can take the positives from the game, while Ayush Gupta brings the highlights from the tie. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs India, IPL 2016, 1st ODI match, at Harare

Elton Chigumbura’s steady knock of 41: With hardly any Zimbabwean batsman firing, it was Elton Chigumbura, who was the lone shining star in their batting line-up as he played a steady knock of 41 and allowed Zimbabwe to get past the 150-run mark. His 41 came off 65 deliveries, including a boundary along with a strike rate of 63.

Jasprit Bumrah’s epic four-wicket haul: Ever since breaking into the Indian team, Jasprit Bumrah is one of those bowlers who has has been highly successful in claiming wickets. It turned out to be his day today in the Indian bowling as he claimed four wickets for just 28 runs, that also included a couple of maidens and indeed it was his spell that broke the backbone of the Zimbabwean batting. Full Cricket Updates: Zimbabwe vs India, IPL 2016, 1st ODI match, at Harare

KL Rahul’s debut knock of 100: There is hardly a day where one gets to see a special knock from a debutant and Rahul is one of those players, who created history on debut. He not only became the Indian debutant with highest score, he also became the first to score a ton on an ODI debut. He was also involved in a mega 162-run unbeaten stand for the second wicket along with Ambati Rayudu, that indeed sealed the Indian win.

KL Rahul-Ambati Rayudu’s match-winning stand of 162: India too were off to a shaky start as it was Rahul, who opened with fellow debutante Karun Nair, but Nair fell for mere seven to Tendai Chatara in the fifth over. However, it was the pair of Rahul, along with Rayudu, that did the damage and also broke the back bone of the Zimbabwean bowling attack, as both the batsmen batted out until the end, and put up a mammoth 162-run stand for the second wicket, that indeed sealed the Indian win. Rahul contributed 96 in the stand, while Rayudu contributed 62. KL Rahul 1st Indian to score century on ODI debut

KL Rahul-Karun Nair become third debutant opening pair in the world: In another small record, as the Indian team saw three debuts in the side, opener Rahul along with Nair also became the third pair after Sunil Gavaskar and Sudhir Naik in 1974, and Parthsarthi Sharma along with Dilip Vengsarkar in 1974-75. Although the pair was not off to a glorious start, adding just 11 runs, they definitely made it to the history books.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)