India will look for a clinical performance after their 1-2 loss to Bangladesh recently © Getty Images
India will look for a clinical performance after their 1-2 loss to Bangladesh recently © Getty Images

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Here is Pramod Ananth’s match report.

Ambati Rayudu is the Man of the Match. He tells the presenter of the post-match presentation that his main aim was to bat the entire innings, that his communication with Stuart Binny in the middle pertained to a constant coaxing to ‘hold back’, which was done even till the 42nd over. He said he was pleased about Binny’s coming good.

Ajinkya Rahane praises Ambati Rayudu’s innings, says he thought the score after 50 overs was enough to defend, with the presence of sharp fielders He also credited the spinners — Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, and the death bowlers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni — for their tight bowling at the death. Chigumbura’s batting gave him some nerves, as he said he was looking to be calm but had nerves during the tight chase.

Elton Chigumbura says it was hard to take the loss after all the hard work done, and that the one thing they would want to rectify is the loss of wickets in the middle of the innings.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 251/7 | Overs 50 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 104(101), Donald Tiripano 1(1)

A tight last over from Bhuvneshwar gets India the win! At least one big hit was needed in this final over for Zimbabwe, but they could only smash the balls to deep-set fielders. India survive a scare, and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Last ball: SIX needed. But this is another yorker, the batsman manages to get this to long on for a single. India win by four runs.

5th ball:Another dot ball

4th ball: Sliced this low full toss towards long off, no run available

3rd ball: Another yorker, a single taken on the leg side

2nd ball: Yorker outside off stump, only a single available

1st ball: Hit to long-on for a double.

The last over:

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 246/6 | Overs 49 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 100(96), Donald Tiripano 0(0)

Kulkarni bowls a wide from around the wicket. Chigumbura hits a ton! A nicely paced innings and partnership, led by him, as he gets to his century with a turn towards leg side. Off the fourth ball, a pull to deep midwicket for a brace. Even a nicely executed yorker, drilled to mid on, allow them to take a quickly-run two. Cremer attempts a reverse sweep off the final ball of the over and is caught! The point fielder takes an easy chance off this clumsy shot. Zimbabwe need ten runs, with Chigumbura on strike. Can they do it?

Graeme Cremer c Binny b Kulkarni 27 (36)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 238/6 | Overs 48 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 98(94), Graeme Cremer 22(32)

The crowd cheers with delight a four! Bhuneshwar errs in length, bowls a low full toss, which has been duly deposited behind the bowler for a one-bounce four. Dropped! A length ball is hit a little left to Murali Vijay at straightish long-on: he dies, but fails to get the grasp right, he collects the ball again to limit the batsmen to two.  And a cheeky lap off the final ball for another four! 14 off the over! Need 18 off two overs now.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 224/6 | Overs 47 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 89(90), Graeme Cremer 17(30)

Chigumbura goes deep in his crease, gets a knee down, and throws his bat at a full ball outside off stump for a scorching four! This is off the second ball of the over. Even with yorkers, Chigumbura is getting the ball deep in the field to collect two runs. Kulkarni has bowled a wide! A slower ball is lofted to deep extra cover. The crowd singing in chorus. Another brace to leg, and 13 have come in the over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 211/6 | Overs 46 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 77(84), Graeme Cremer 17(30)

Bhuvneshwar’s first ball, length and wide outside off stump, is hit hard through the off side for a four! But the bowler comes back well a yorker, a low full toss, a slower ball and a shortish ball cramping the batsman for room, helps him contain the batsmen to just five runs off the over Zimbabwe need 45 off 24 now.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 206/6 | Overs 45 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 72(80), Graeme Cremer 17(28)

Patel finishes his spell with a economic final over in the circumstances. Only four have been given as Chigumbura and Cremer struggled force him away.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 202/6 | Overs 44 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 69(77), Graeme Cremer 16(25)

Kulkarni bowls a bouncer categorised as a wide due to height, and a slower ball looping above the head of the batsman, labelled the same. The batsmen have struggled to get Kulkarni away, until the final ball, a length ball, which is crashed flat for six to long on. A uch needed big hit there for the home side.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 190/6 | Overs 43 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 62(74), Graeme Cremer 13(22)

Cremer tries to cut and drive Patel, but is unable to get runs off him till the final ball. He sweeps that final ball deep into the leg side for a couple. The required run rate climbs to 9.42

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 188/6 | Overs 42 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 62(74), Graeme Cremer 11(16)

The batsmen have worked Binny to the leg side for eight runs off the over, helped by three twos.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 180/6 | Overs 41 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 57(70), Graeme Cremer 8(14)

Chigumbura tries to maximise the scoring in the over from Patel, but besides a boundary through leg off the first ball, are unable to get the big ones.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 173/6 | Overs 40 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 51(67), Graeme Cremer 7(11)

Cover driven for four! Cremer unleashes a scorching drive off the first ball of the over. Chigumbura and Cremer get two more runs off the 40th over. 83 needed off 10

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 167/6 | Overs 39 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 50(66), Graeme Cremer 2(6)

Four byes off the last ball! Chigumbura tries to cut but misses this ball which collects ow bounce, and the ball has gone to the boundary behind the keeper. This has allowed Zimbabwe to get five off this over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 161/6 | Overs 38 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 50(65), Graeme Cremer 1(1)

OUT! Mutumbami gets a ball from Binny to catch his leading edge and lob behind the bowler, where Harbhajan arrives from mid off to take a simple catch. Zimbabwe have lost their sixth wicket, and the chase is looking steeper by the over. But Chigumbura has played smartly, keeping his side in he hunt. He has completed fifty in this over. The required rate is nearly 8 after 38 overs.

This is Chigumbura’s 19th half-century, briefly about which you can read here.

Richmond Mutumbami c Harbhajan Singh b Binny 7 (16)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 159/5 | Overs 37 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 48(62), Richmond Mutumbami 7(14)

Chigumbura and Mutumbami aren’t able to get Harbhajan away. They work him for four runs.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 155/5 | Overs 36 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 45(60), Richmond Mutumbami 6(10)

Chigumbura gets a ball off his pads to fine leg for a boundary. The fielder seems to have fumble this ball t0 allow it to go through. Chigumbura and Mutumbami take two singles to the off side off the rest of the over.

Dhawal Kulkarni is back.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 149/5 | Overs 35 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 40(56), Richmond Mutumbami 5(8)

Harbhajan’s fourth ball of this over: a short ball, smashed to the extra cover boundary off the batsman moving to leg to get the placement. No runs off the over otherwise. Required run rate now is 7.13.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 145/5 | Overs 34 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 40(56), Richmond Mutumbami 1(2)

The required rate has climbed to 6.93 now. A frugal over, just three off it: a double and a single.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 142/5 | Overs 33 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 38(51), Richmond Mutumbami 0(0)

Harbhajan’s fourth ball gets the deserved treatment. It’s a rare loose delivery from him, a long hop which is smashed to the midwicket boundary. But the shot is tried to be repeated but this time, the ball looks to have hurried the batsman and he didn’t get the timing right, to give a simple catch to Patel at midwicket. Raza is out! For 37.

Sikandar Raza c Kumar b Harbhajan Singh 37 (33)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 134/4 | Overs 32 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 38(51), Sikandar Raza 29(28)

A clip off the pads to deep backward square leg gets Chigumbura a double off the final Binny ball. Raza and Chigumbura take four singles off the rest of the over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 128/4 | Overs 31 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 34(47), Sikandar Raza 27(26)

Raza doesn’t play an attempted sweep well, the lack of pace made him go through with his shot before it arrived to him. The ball escaped to the boundary behind him. Raza and Chigumbura take singles in two of the rest five balls. this was Harbhajan’s seventh over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 122/4 | Overs 30 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 33(46), Sikandar Raza 21(21)

Binny bowls a few slower balls in this over, and gives away three singles.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 119/4 | Overs 29 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 32(44), Sikandar Raza 19(17)

Three singles are taken in this over at long-off, long-on and deep backward square leg. There is a leg bye too.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 115/4 | Overs 28 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 30(41), Sikandar Raza 18(14)

Binny gives away four milked singles off this over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 111/4 | Overs 27 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 28(37), Sikandar Raza 16(12)

Patel has his first two balls hit for cheeky fours by Raza, who swept the two balls fine. After playing two dot balls, he almost caused a run-out going for a third off a ball firmly struck deep on the off side. He had been turning for the third run, coaxing his partner to go for it, but kept himself back seeing the throw from the deep at the last moment. Chigumbura dived back just in time! 11 off this over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 100/4 | Overs 26 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 28(37), Sikandar Raza 5(6)

Six taken from his over, helped by a boundary off a short ball. Raza pulled him for a powerful four off the third ball.

Manoj Tiwary comes on to bowl leg spin.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 94/4 | Overs 25 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 27(33), Sikandar Raza 0(4)

OUT! Patel gets Williams bowled for a duck! That flighted ball goes through the bat-pad gap to hit the stumps. The rest of the over is played safely by Sikandar Raza, the number 6.

Sean Williams b Patel 0 (2)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 94/3 | Overs 24 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 27(33), Sean Williams 0(0)

Chigumbura plays this Kulkarni over, and collects four runs for his side; two twos an a wide gives Zimbabwe five runs. But the required run rate has climbed to 6.23.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 89/3 | Overs 23 (Target 256)

Elton Chigumbura 23(28), Sean Williams 0(0)

Masakadza is out! Patel gets him to provide a leading edge that lobs to point. He was looking to work the shortish ball to leg, but the ball seemed to have stopped in the pitch a bit, or somehow made the batsman think it would come on faster. Sean Williams is the next man in.

Hamilton Masakadza c Tiwary b Patel 34 (64)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 88/2 | Overs 22 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 34(61), Elton Chigumbura 22(24)

Three singles off the first three balls, and then, finally runs off Harbhajan! Chigumbura waits for his shortish ball to complete its turn before smashing the ball through the off sie. He has skipped down the track to run a single to long on off the next ball.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 80/2 | Overs 21 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 32(58), Elton Chigumbura 16(21)

Patel gives away three singles off this over as the batsmen aren’t able to get the spinners away. Their ploy of milking the bowling isn’t fetching them many runs.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 77/2 | Overs 20 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 30(53), Elton Chigumbura 15(20)

Masakadza plays a sweep to leg for two There are two singles from the rest of Harbhajan’s fifth over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 73/2 | Overs 19 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 27(49), Elton Chigumbura 14(18)

Chigumbura doesn’t get his attempted late cut exactly right, the ball goes fine to the boundary. He drives down to long-off for a single off the fifth ball. And off the final that a drop?? Robin Uthappa, the keeper, fails to hold on to a ball that passed the bat. There are no replays to show whether there was bat in that.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 66/2 | Overs 18 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 26(47), Elton Chigumbura 8(14)

Batsmen attempt to milk runs off Harbhajan, but are unable to turn him for singles. Only two singles are taken off this quickly bowled over as well. Harbhajan’s run-up is short, and he doesn’t have any flourish.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 64/2 | Overs 17 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 25(43), Elton Chigumbura 7(12)

Axar Patel bowls his first over. Only two singles are taken off him.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 62/2 | Overs 16 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 24(42), Elton Chigumbura 6(7)

Masakadza has pulled Harbhajan for a powerful four off the first ball. The final ball is turned around for a single taken y Chigumbura Another single had been taken by Masakadza in between.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 56/2 | Overs 15 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 19(39), Elton Chigumbura 5(4)

Chigumbura gets a ball from Binny on his thighs, and deftly turns it fine to the boundary. A single, and four dot balls bowled otherwise.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 51/2 | Overs 14 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 18(36), Elton Chigumbura 1(1)

Harbhajan bowls another frugal over to Masakadza quickly. Masakadza gets a single off the final ball to leg, to keep the strike.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 49/2 | Overs 13 (Target 256)

Hamilton Masakadza 17(30), Elton Chigumbura 1(1)

Sibanda runs down the pitch and smashes Binny cleanly over his head for a six!  But Sibanda, off the next ball, pulls him for another big hit, but cannot clear the head of mid-on, Harbhajan, who takes a simple catch. SIX and OUT. Zimbabwe lose their second wicket. Elton Chigumbura is the next man in.

Vusi Sibanda c Harbhajan Singh b Binny 20 (35)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 41/1 | Overs 12 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 14(33), Hamilton Masakadza 16(27)

He is respected with defensive strokes off five balls by Masakadza, but the fourth ball was a fine sweep for two.

Harbhajan Singh comes on to bowl. Spin is introduced.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 39/1 | Overs 11 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 14(33), Hamilton Masakadza 14(21)

Bhuvneshwar strays to leg and is punished by Sibanda, who flicks the ball to the midwicket boundary. This is off the fourth ball of the over. The other run collected is a wide.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 34/1 | Overs 10 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 10(27), Hamilton Masakadza 14(21)

Masakadza slogs Stuart Binny for a lofted four to square leg. That booming shot came out of nowhere! He had given himself room, showing all three stumps, to prepare for belligerence. He also hits the last ball to leg for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 25/1 | Overs 9 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 10(25), Hamilton Masakadza 6(17)

A ball is hit by Sibanda for a single. But the rest of the balls are played to close-in fielders to avoid any other run.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 24/1 | Overs 8 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 9(23), Hamilton Masakadza 6(13)

Masakadza plays a hook shot in the air, punches another ball, defends another, and leaves alone another. But off the fifth ball, he flicks with a lot of flourish of the wrists, to place the ball to the left of mid-on, and score a boundary. That was a stylish shot. The last is defended.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 20/1 | Overs 7 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 9(23), Hamilton Masakadza 2(7)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets an edge! But the ball bounces before reaching Murali Vijay at first slip. This is another quiet over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 19/1 | Overs 6 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 9(19), Hamilton Masakadza 1(5)

A single is taken off the first ball via a slice to third man by Sibanda. Masakadza defends Kulkarni for four balls and there is a wide, and Masakadza turns a ball for a single off the final ball.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 16/1 | Overs 5 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 8(17), Hamilton Masakadza 0(1)

GONE! Chibhabha respects the first three accurate deliveries from Bhuvneshwar, and then goes after a ball a bit widish ball, edging to captain Rahane in the slips. Zimbabwe’s own captain Hamilton Masakadza arrives to bat, who plays his first ball safely.

Chamu Chibhabha c Rahane b Kumar 3 (12)

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 16/0 | Overs 4 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 8 (17), Chamu Chibhabha 3 (7)

A quieter over this time from Kulkarni. A single, a wide — due to an attempted bouncer gone awry — and a turn to leg off the thighs for two, are the runs collected from this over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 12/0 | Overs 3 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 6 (13), Chamu Chibhabha 2 (5)

Vusi Sibanda leaves three outswinging balls outside the off stump, and defends the final ball. Chibhabha’s single off the second ball gives Zimbabwe their only run off the over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 11/0 | Overs 2 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 6 (9), Chamu Chibhabha 1 (3)

A wicketkeeper lapse gives four byes to Zimbabwe off the first ball of the second over. Dhawal Kulkarni gets the ball to shape away from the batsman off a tight line. Sibanda punishes the next ball onto his pads, sweetly flicking to the square leg boundary. A costly over.

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe 2/0 | Overs 1 (Target 256)

Vusi Sibanda 2 (6), Chamu Chibhabha 0(0)

Vusi Sibanda places an inswinging short-of-a-length delivery outside off stump past point for a double, the only runs off the first over.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over.

Welcome back to Zimbabwe’s chase. They need 256 to win this first ODI in Harare.

Live Cricket Score: India 255/5 | Overs 50

Ambati Rayudu 124 (133), Axar Patel 2(3)

Vitori is looking to bowl all the balls as yorkers, and is largely successful in not leaking too many runs. The third ball, a full toss, had Rayudu smashing a boundary. But there are only four other singles.

India finish their fifty overs at a competitive 255 for 6, which looked improbable at 86 for 5, and amid a slow run-rate. Zimbabwe’s bowlers have bowled according to a plan, their lines and lengths have largely been disciplined. Rayudu and Binny paced their onslaught well, accelerating smartly at the en to lift India’s run-rate, which was hovering around 4, to 5.10 at the end. Their sixth wicket stand of 160 took only 24.3 overs, at a run-rate of 6.53.

Find Pramod Ananth’s innings report here.

Live Cricket Score: India 247/5 | Overs 49

Ambati Rayudu 118 (129), Axar Patel 0(1)

Panyangara hands the ball back to the umpire before bowling the third ball, and walks off the ground. He had pulled up in his run-up, grimacing and clutching the right side of his bust; he seems to be in pain. The first ball had Rayudu smashing a boundary back behind the bowler. Tiripano comes to complete the over. Sikandar Raza, coming around to field a lofted slice to long-off, fumbles as the batsmen run two. Binny, then, is finally out! He tries to slog a full delivery outside off with all his might, getting an edge to the wicketkeeper. Axar Patel comes in to face the final ball of the over, and pats it back to the bowler.

Stuart Binny c Mutumbami b Tiripano 77 (76)

Live Cricket Score: India 237/5 | Overs 48

Ambati Rayudu 113 (127), Stuart Binny 73 (73)

After failing to put bat on ball on a nicely executed yorker, Binny gets a knee down and smashes a low full toss to long-on. Binny scores another boundary — a four, off the final ball of the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 224/5 | Overs 47

Ambati Rayudu 112 (125), Stuart Binny 62 (69)

Panyangara is sticking to bowling full to minimise the scoring in the death overs. Rayudu, off the fifth ball, shifts outside the off stump, and attempts an unorthodox slog sweep to deep fine leg. He doesn’t get enough of the bat, and the ball just about evades the grasp of one of the fielders.

Live Cricket Score: India 216/5 | Overs 46

Ambati Rayudu 106 (121), Stuart Binny 60 (67)

The first ball is cut to the sweeper cover for a single. The second ball, with better width outside off, is slashed by Binny authoritatively behind point for a boundary. A single to point, and then to long off, and then a crash through extra cover for another four by Binny. He had shifted deep in his crease to get leverage behind that shot, which had the full ball converted to a full toss.

Live Cricket Score: India 204/5 | Overs 45

Ambati Rayudu 105 (120), Stuart Binny 50 (63)

Binny reaches a half-century, off 63 balls. Rayudu slog sweeps an overpitched delivery for a clean six over midwicket! A flick to split the midwicket and mid-on fielders for a boundary off a full toss gets Rayudu a century! This is his second of his career. A slice through cover-point and a single to leg rounds off the expensive 45th over.

Binny’s fifty is his first: read more here.

Live Cricket Score: India 189/5 | Overs 44

Ambati Rayudu 90 (114), Stuart Binny 49 (62)

The partnership reaches 100 off 117 balls. Brian Vitori’s control over his bowling has disallowed any belligerence from Binny or Rayudu. Four singles are collected.

Live Cricket Score: India 185/5 | Overs 43

Ambati Rayudu 88 (112), Stuart Binny 47 (58)

A skip down the track gets Binny another boundary. The line and length is varied a bit in this over. Binny also had a ball outside off stump played down to fine third man for a double. Binny nears a half-century.

Live Cricket Score: India 175/5 | Overs 42

Ambati Rayudu 87 (111), Stuart Binny 38 (53)

Cremer doesn’t allow the Indian batsmen to get away, giving away just three off this over. There are shots to long off and long on.

Live Cricket Score: India 172/5 | Overs 41

Ambati Rayudu 85 (109), Stuart Binny 37 (49)

The intent to push the scoring is evident, with Binny’s attempted hoicks. He connects one of the two attempted, to deposit it past wide long-on.

Live Cricket Score: India 165/5 | Overs 40

Ambati Rayudu 83 (107), Stuart Binny 32 (45)

Drive, punch, pull shots are played to collect singles to the deep-set field now. A defence to finish the 40th over.

Live Cricket Score: India 162/5 | Overs 39

Ambati Rayudu 81 (105), Stuart Binny 31 (41)

India are looking to accelerate now. Rayudu comes down the track and clumsily smashes a ball towards long-on for a double. Then, he is presented with a short ball which is put away to fine leg for four. Another brace and a single rounds off the Tiripano over.

Live Cricket Score: India 153/5 | Overs 38

Cremer’s first delivery is swept by Binny for four. With four more singles taken off the over, India round off a reasonably prolific over.

Live Cricket Score: India 145/5 | Overs 37

Another short ball from Williams is pulled to the boundary by Rayudu, who has moved to 70.

Live Cricket Score: India 140/5 | Overs 36

Ambati Rayudu 66 (95), Stuart Binny 24 (33)

Fifty partnership comes up in this over. Their safety has given India hope.

Live Cricket Score: India 136/5 | Overs 35

The over is driven, pulled, nudged for four singles.

Live Cricket Score: India 132/5 | Overs 34

Stuart Binny hits the first six of the innings off Cremer, this is deposited to long-on. A small but meaningful stand is building here,.

Live Cricket Score: India 123/5 | Overs 33

Sean Williams’ left-arm spin is introduced. Rayudu pounces on a short delivery, pulling it to deep square leg.

Live Cricket Score: India 115/5 | Overs 32

Cremer keeps his length full in this over. Binny skips down the track to hit a ball clumsily to deep midwicket for a brace. Two other singles are taken.

Live Cricket Score: India 111/5 | Overs 31

Drinks on the field after the 31st over, another quiet one. Chibhabha is consistently bowling back of a length on or outside off stump. A wide down the leg side is the only run that has come from the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 110/5 | Overs 30

India’s batsmen working hard to collect runs. Three singles off this Cremer over. The aversion to risk is understandable as wickets have fallen.

Live Cricket Score: India 107/5 | Overs 29

Rayudu gets to fifty! He has played a patient, solid knock here, and needs to remain for the remainder of the innings to guide India to a competitive total. Binny gets two inside edges.

A few details on Rayudu’s fifty here.

Live Cricket Score: India 102/5 | Overs 28

Ambati Rayudu 49 (71), Stuart Binny 4(9)

Only two runs off this Cremer over. Milked two singles.

Live Cricket Score: India 100/5 | Overs 27

Ambati Rayudu 48 (66), Stuart Binny 3(8)

A drive to the boundary off the first ball of the over from Rayudu. Two more singles taken. Binny plays the bowler safely.

Live Cricket Score: India 94/5 | Overs 26

Ambati Rayudu 43 (64), Stuart Binny 2(4)

A brace off the first Cremer delivery via a cover drive from the set Rayudu. Three singles from the rest of the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 89/5 | Overs 25

Ambati Rayudu 39 (60), Stuart Binny 1(2)

GONE! Jadhav departs, after inside edging Chibhabha’s ball outside off stump to the wicketkeeper, who was up to the stumps. Jadhav had attempted to play a cut. Stuart Binny replaces him in the middle. Two singles are taken from the over.

Kedar Jadhav c Mutumbami b Chibhabha 5 (13)

Live Cricket Score: India 87/4 | Overs 24

Ambati Rayudu 38 (58), Kedar Jadhav 5 (11)

Spin being introduced now. Legspinner Graeme Cremer comes on to bowl. Rayudu drives his first ball for a single, before Jadhav plays a late cut to the third man boundary — his first runs. A single finishes the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 81/4 | Overs 23

Ambati Rayudu 37 (57), Kedar Jadhav 0 (6)

Kedar Jadhav plays a maiden off Chamu Chibhabha. The balls are either left alone, or defended, or nudged or driven to fielders.

Live Cricket Score: India 81/4 | Overs 22

Ambati Rayudu 37 (57), Kedar Jadhav 0 (0)

WICKET! Uthappa is struggling as he has called for a quick single to short extra cover, who dives to flick the ball to the stumps at the non-strikers’ end. The third umpire confirms the wicket. Kedar Jadhav comes in to bat. Rayudu, on strike, has hit a boundary off the fourth ball.

Robin Uthappa run out 0 (3)

Live Cricket Score: India 74/3 | Overs 21

Ambati Rayudu 30 (52), Robin Uthappa 0(2)

Tiwary shakes his head, to indicate he hadn’t touched the ball, after he is forced to play at full-ish ball on off stump that appeared to have slight movement But he is out one ball later! He has failed to negotiate an inswinger off the same line and length. Zimbabwe seamer have got a hold on India’s batsmen and are now reaping rewards. Robin Uthappa is the new batsman.

Manoj Tiwary lbw b Chibhabha 2 (14)

Live Cricket Score: India 74/2 | Overs 20

Ambati Rayudu 30 (52), Manoj Tiwary 2 (10)

Rayudu strokes a boundary through mid-on, and takes a single. Tiwary is intent to play safely. Six runs off the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 68/2 | Overs 19

Ambati Rayudu 25 (49), Manoj Tiwary 1 (7)

A shout for caught behind, but the ball didn’t seem to have touched his bat as Rayudu plays a false tuck own the leg side. Another disciplined over, with Manoj Tiwary playing and missing and defending.

Live Cricket Score: India 61/2 | Overs 18

Ambati Rayudu 24 (47), Manoj Tiwary 1 (3)

OUT! Rahane is caught by Hamilton Masakadza at slip. The ball was short of a length outside off, Rahane attempted a loose-looking drive which is edged to Masakadza, who reacts well to take a sharp chance to his right. Manoj Tiwary comes in to bat, and takes a single off his third ball. Rayudu keeps strike with another single off the last ball. The ball before the wicket had Rahane stroking a boundary via a straight drive.

Ajinkya Rahane c Masakadza b Tiripano 34 (49)

Live Cricket Score: India 56/1 | Overs 17

Ajinkya Rahane 30 (47), Ambati Rayudu 23 (46)

Chibhabha’s first delivery gets Rayudu to be coerced into getting a feel of the ball outside off stump. The ball misses the bat. Off another ball, he goes down the track to punish the bowler, but is left clueless and embarrassed as the ball goes through to the keeper and he’s left stranded a few steps down the pitch. A single is taken off the fifth and final balls of the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 54/1 | Overs 16

Ajinkya Rahane 29 (46), Ambati Rayudu 22 (41)

Rayudu runs down the pitch to slash a ball towards wide off point. The fielders misfield, and the batsmen run a single, the 50th run for India. The wicketkeeper has come up to the stumps, to prevent the batsmen from going too far away from the crease. Rahane flicks the final ball of the over off his legs expertly, the ball teases the midwicket fielder, and just evades his dive into the ropes.

Live Cricket Score: 49/1 | Overs 15

Yet another disciplined over. Chibhabha has given away just one single off the over, and after two overs, his bowling figures read 2-0-3-0. India’s run-rate is 3.27.

Live Cricket Score: India 48/1 | Overs 14

Rahane shifts forward to deal with Zimbabwe’s obvious intent to bowl good lengths outside off. He punches a ball evading the cover fielder to the boundary.

Live Cricket Score: India 42/1 | Overs 13

Chamu Chibhabha, the right-arm medium fast bowler, comes on to bowl. He’s striven to bowl similar lines and lengths to his counterparts. The final ball of the over had Rayudu charging down to him, but the batsman is unable to touch the ball, which goes through to the keeper.

Live Cricket Score: India 40/1 | Overs 12

Rahane shifts to off side and clips a ball on his thigh to short fine leg for a single. Rayudu stays in his crease and defends, and then hangs his bat outside off. Off the fourth ball, he steers a short-of-a-length ball towards square third man, and takes a tight double. He’s safe, as replays for the third umpire confirms, but that was close. Rayudu runs a quick single off the fifth, and the last ball is defended outside off stump by Rahane.

Live Cricket Score: India 36/1 | Overs 11

A full ball outside off stump is eased through extra cover by Rayudu. Panyangara corrects his length, and brings it to good length outside off, which is respected and left alone, or defended, by the batsman.

Live Cricket Score: India 32/1 | Overs 10

First bowling change. Right-arm seamer Donald Tiripano is introduced. Shows consistency in line and length, bowls short of length on or around off stump for most of the over. A maiden.

Live Cricket Score: India 32/1 | Overs 9

Rahane punishes a full ball from Panyangara, times it sweetly for a boundary towards deep cover. Three singles are also taken from the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 25/1 | Overs 8

An overpitched delivery is on driven for four by Rayudu off the second ball of the over. Vitori corrects his length for the rest of the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 20/1 | Overs 7

Panyangara has bowled another neat over. Only a shaky on-drive from Ambati Rayudu for two prevents the over from being a maiden.

Live Cricket Score: India 18/1 | Overs 6

A loud shout for caught behind but Ajinkya Rahane is unmoved. Zimbabwe seem convinced of a nick, but this has hit his thigh pad. Vitori is testing the batsmen with disciplined bowling. To counter the swing, Rahane shifts forward in his stance, and hits a straight drive. That’s his first boundary, and India’s first boundary.

Live Cricket Score: India 14/1 | Overs 5

India’s batsmen aren’t being able to find the middle of the bat. There is noticeable swing, and good bounce. Two singles off the over.

Live Cricket Score: India 13/1 | Overs 4

WICKET! Murali Vijay edges left-arm seamer Brian Vitori to slip! He’s out for 1. Ambati Rayudu comes in to bat. He has tickled a ball off his leg to the fine leg boundary off his first ball. The final two balls are left alone. A goo line and length, inviting the batsman to drive outside the off stump.

Murali Vijay c Sibanda b Vitori 1 (9)

Live Cricket Score: India 9/0 | Overs 3

A quiet over from Panyangara. A shout for lbw is made, and two singles down to third man are taken.

Live Cricket Score: India 7/0 | Overs 2

Rahane gets a ball outside off stump to thick edge through to the third man. These are the first runs off the bat for India. There are three more runs taken, with a single and a brace,  and two extras — leg-bye and a wide.

Live Cricket Score: India 0/0 | Overs 1

Panyangara gets some lovely outswing in the first over. Ajinkya Rahane defends the first ball, and all the other balls are alowed to go through to the wicketkeeper. He fishes at a couple of balls, too, prompting observances of the need for safety by commentator Venkatesh Prasad. A maiden.

Hamilton Masakadza tells Pommie Mbangwa his team are upbeat on the challenge of facing India, albeit with their slightly weakened side. Play about to begin, national anthems have been sung.

Toss – Zimbabwe have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first of the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between India and Zimbabwe at Harare. This is Abhishek Mukherjee, bringing you the live cricket scores and updates. Read:India vs Zimbabwe 2015, 1st ODI at Harare: Preview

Both the teams are coming off a series loss. India lost their last series to Bangladesh 1-2 and Zimbabwe lost to Pakistan 2-0 so either teams will look to start afresh and get a good performance in. India will be lead by Ajinkya Rahane and he will want to lead the team from the front and hope the seniors in team (in terms of experience) step up to the plate. Read: India vs Zimbabwe 2015 1st ODI at Harare: Key battles

Elton Chigumbura is coming back from a two-match ban for slow over-rates against Pakistan. He scored a ton in that match and will want to continue in the same vein. Zimbabwe will hope to do have done their home work and will have to put in a good performance to catch India napping. Live cricket scorecard: India vs Zimbabwe 2015, 1st ODI at Harare

Playing XI:

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (c), Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami (w), Sean Williams, Chamu Chibhabha, Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Brian Vitori, Donald Tiripano, Tinashe Panyangara

India: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa (w), Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni.

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