India put in a much improved performance in the 2nd ODI to win the series © AFP
India put in a much improved performance in the 2nd ODI to win the series © AFP

A clinical bowling effort from India see them beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs and have now taken a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. India’s series win comes after Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay scored half-centuries in the first innings to take India to 271 for 8 in 50 Overs. Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny too chipped in with vital runs lower down the order. Full updates: India vs Zimbabwe 2015, 2nd ODI at Harare

Zimbabwe could not establish a good partnership through their innings but opener Chamu Chibhabha scored a valiant half-century that gave the hosts some hope. But his wicket proved out to be a crucial one as Zimbabwe lost steam from there. Hero from the first game skipper Elton Chigumbura was dismissed for just nine. Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza too departed for 20 and 18 respectively. Full Scorecard: India vs Zimbabwe 2015, 2nd ODI at Harare

As far as the Indian bowling is concerned they were superb right from the beginning. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up his 50th ODI wicket when he got rid of Chigumbura. Harbhajan Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny and Akshar Patel too were very economical and did not give away any loose deliveries at all. The 50-plus partnership between Graeme Cremer and Richmond Mutumbami for the seventh wicket came in too late as they were in no position to win this match.

Zimbabwe will now have to play for pride in the third ODI and look to build to build momentum ahead of the T20I series.

Earlier, half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay ensured India finish at 271 for 8 in 50 Overs against Zimbabwe in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Harare. Openers Rahane and Vijay started out cautiously as they were determined to get off to a good start and that is exactly what they did. Neville Madziva was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe, finishing with four wickets to his name and thereby registering his best ODI figures.

 India ensured that they did not lose wickets early and batted very sensibly. Rahane went to his eight  ODI fifty along the way. The openers put on 112 for the first wicket, before Rahane tried to turn the face of the bat off the bowling of Chamu Chibhabha, with Sikandar Raza taking the catch at covers. Vijay too went for an extravagant shot as he looked to clear the deep square leg fence, but not before he got to his highest ODI score of 72.

Zimbabwe struck back after that with the wickets of Rayudu and Tiwary, which got Robin Uthappa and Stuart Binny into the crease. Uthappa was bowled by a yorker by Madziva for just 11, continuing his poor run of form. Kedar Jhadav then joined Binny and the duo toiled hard a late flourish got India to a good total. Binny fell for a 16-ball 25 and Jhadav too fell for a 13-ball 16 in the final over of the innings.

Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bowl first, just like they did in the first ODI. India did not make any changes in their playing XI, but Zimbabwe got Madiza in place of Tinashe Panyangara. India lead the three-match series 1-0.

Brief scores

India 271 for 8 in 50 Overs (Ajinkya Rahane 63, Murali Vijay 72; Neville Madziva 4 for 49, Sikandar Raza 1 for 25) beat Zimbabwe 209 in 49 Overs (Chamu Chibhabha 72, Richard Mutumbami 32; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 for 33) by 62 runs.

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)