The Indian bowlers were accurate and sparked another Zimbabwean collapse © AFP

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 1, 2013

Zimbabwe have been bowled out for 144 in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against India at Bulawayo. India’s bowlers did very well to dent Zimbabwe regularly although there was some resistance from the middle-order.

After winning the toss, Virat Kohli had no hesitation is putting Zimbabwe in to bat. It was an opportunity for young Mohit Sharma to make an impression as he came in to replace R Vinay Kumar. Cheteshwar Pujara also got a one-day cap as Shikhar Dhawan was given a breather.

In helpful conditions, Mohit couldn’t have asked for a better setting for an international debut. The ball was swinging around and he got it to move both ways. Vusi Sibanda had no clue about the movement early on and was finding it difficult to pick Mohit. Even Shami Ahmed was good early on which only forced the openers to go into a shell. However, Mohit got his first wicket as he got one to move away from Sikandar Raza and he edged it to Dinesh Karthik.

Hamilton Masakadza was proactive at the crease and tried to force the issue. He even charged to Shami and carted him for a six over the on-side. However, he fell as Ravindra Jadeja found him short with a direct hit to send him back. That was the wicket that started the slide. Brendan Taylor scored a nine-ball blob as Jadeja had him out leg-before. There was some element of doubt in that decision as Taylor was forward and the ball seemed to be heading down the leg-side. It was a huge blow for Zimbabwe as Taylor is their mainstay and he hasn’t really been allowed to assert himself in this series.

Jaydev Unadkat has been very impressive in this series and has shown his wicket-taking ability. Sean Williams was foxed an over after Taylor fell to Jadeja as Unadkat shattered his woodwork. If that wasn’t enough, the solid Sibanda was also bowled by Jadeja as he misread the line of an in-coming delivery. It was yet another collapse as they had slumped to 47 for five in the 16th over.

From that point onwards, Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura went about the recovery job. While Chigumbura was more attacking, Waller was more sedate and took his time. Waller has been under pressure as he came into this game with scores of two, two and naught in the series.

Waller did manage to up the ante later, hitting a six off Shami over square-leg. This partnership took them past hundred and added 80.  However, Mohit returned in the 37th over to dent Zimbabwe again as he found Waller’s outside edge to have him caught behind by Karthik. That effectively ended Zimbabwe’s fight and Chigumbura was a mere spectator as the tail capitulated. He did manage to record his half-century though.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 144 in 42.4 overs (Malcolm Waller 35, Elton Chigumbura 50*; Amit Mishra 3 for 25, Mohit Sharma 2 for 26) vs India

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