India skittle out Zimbabwe for 183 in 3rd ODI at Harare

Dinesh Karthik (left) had a good day behind the wickets by claiming four catches © AFP

By Shrikant Shankar

Jul 28, 2013

India require 184 runs to win the third One-Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe and seal the five-match series at 3-0. Batting first at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 183 in 46 overs after having been put into bat by India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday.

Zimbabwe started poorly as opener Vusi Sibanda got out off the third delivery of the innings. He charged down the track and skied a wild heave off R Vinay Kumar straight to Shikhar Dhawan at cover. In the first ball of the next over, Sikandar Raza edged a loose and wide delivery with a half-hearted leave to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off Shami Ahmed’s bowling. The score stood at two for two.

Hamilton Masakadza and captain Brendan Taylor then stitched together a 65-run partnership for the third wicket. They began cautiously but began to accelerate as the innings grew. Masakadza was more the aggressor in relative terms and he struck a few boundaries. Taylor was keen to just occupy the crease and remain at the other end. Just as the stand seemed to gain momentum, India struck.

Jaidev Unadkat got the breakthrough albeit in a slightly controversial circumstance. Taylor tried going over mid-off to a length delivery, but mishit the shot and Ahmed took the catch low to his left. The Indians claimed the catch, but the umpires were not convinced and asked for TV replays. The third umpire ruled that Ahmed had not grassed it and that the catch was clean and Taylor got his marching signal. He was dismissed for 23.

Soon after Masakadza also fell for 38. He edged Amit Mishra’s delivery to Karthik behind the wickets while trying to cut. Mishra then got rid of Malcolm Waller in the very next delivery leg before. The leg-spinner could not complete his hat-trick however. Sean Williams then steered the Zimbabwe innings with a well made 45 off 53 deliveries. Zimbabwe lost their sixth wicket as Elton Chigumbura also departed when the score was only 89 in the 23rd over.

Williams’ 36-run partnership with Prosper Utseya for the seventh wicket brought the innings back on track, but India halted the progress. Utseya edged Ahmed’s delivery to Karthik and then Williams was run out five short of a well deserved half-century by Ravindra Jadeja. There was some resistance shown by the lower-order batsmen and tail-enders.

Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori added a crucial 34 for the ninth wicket. Both hit a six each. Vitori was ultimately dismissed by Mishra caught by Karthik for 17. Karthik bagged his fourth catch of the innings.

The last wicket stand delayed only the inevitable as Mishra bowled Chatara for 23 and Zimbabwe were all out. Mishra picked up four wickets.

Earlier in the day, India had announced an unchanged side from the previous match. Zimbabwe brought in Michael Chinouya for his ODI debut replacing Kyle Jarvis. Taylor had mentioned that he would also have opted to field had he won the toss. The batting performance proved why that was the sentiment.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 183 in 46 overs (Sean Williams 45, Hamilton Masakadza 38; Amit Mishra 4 for 47, Shami Ahmed 2 for 25) vs India.

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(Shrikant Shankar previously worked with Mobile ESPN, where he did audio commentary for many matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20. He has also written many articles involving other sports for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)