Another disappointing show by the host. They did not trouble visitors at all. It was just one side show. First with the ball and then with bat, India were in complete control of the game and eventually won by 8 wickets. Let’s see how it happened all at Harare sports club in 2nd ODI India vs Zimbabwe 2016.
Once again Indian skipper MS Dhoni was lucky with the toss and as expected he decided to bowl first. Pitch assisted fast bowlers initially and it was cloudy weather out there. Perfect conditions for fast bowlers. Barinder and D kulkarni opened the bowling attack for India. Zimbabwe openers were not comfortable with swinging deliveries. They lost their first wicket at 18. Barinder struck for India. Maskazada was the man to go. He couldn’t control his shot and Bumrah took the catch at thirdman.
Another two wickets fell in short span and Zimbabwe were struggling at 39 for 3. But Sibanda and S Raza pulled things back. Together they put on 67 runs partnership. Zimbabwe were 106/3 at one stage and looked solid. But S Raza opted for rash shot and lost his wicket in the process. Chahal struck for India. From there on Zimbabwe collapsed at just 126. Zimbabwe lost 7 wickets and scored m ere 20 runs.
India’s reply was absolutely clinical. Karun Nair and KL Rahul opened batting for India. Fresh from debut hundred KL Rahul looked in great touch. Karun Nair was also solid. India lost its first wicket in the form of KL Rahul who scored 33 runs. He gave India a good start. Rayudu came to bat at number 3. He looked like he is continuing his previous not out inning. He scored 44 runs and remained not out till the end. Nair lost his wicket just when India needed 2 runs to win. Manish pandey came in at 4 and provided finishing touch. There was no contest between these two sides. It looked easy win for India.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the man of the match for his figures of 3/25.