About the Match
India registered a thumping 9-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the first one-day match to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series; now the visitors will try to take the title when they face Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI on 13th June at Harare. The hosts were put to bat first and they could muster only 168 runs getting all-out in the final over; the men in blue then displayed their batting strength on foreign shores and achieved the target with more than 7 overs to spare. The upcoming match is crucial for Zimbabwe if they want to keep the series alive; India on the other hand will aim for a complete 3-0 whitewash.
Their inexperience in facing strong teams came to the fore as the entire batting line-up barring couple of good contributions by Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza and Ervine, fell like a pack of cards against the Indian pace attack. Players like Peter Moor, Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda will need to pull up their socks and focus on building good partnerships if they want to challenge the visitors.
With the ball too, they put up a dismal show as only youngster Tendai Chatara ended up with the lone wicket of the innings; the experience of Graeme Cremer also couldn’t come to the rescue as he struggled to get the opposition out and defend the lowly total of 168 runs. Bowlers like Chibhabha, Muzurabani, Chatara and Raza helped stifle the Indian batsmen but they couldn’t do enough to stop Rahul and Rayudu from hitting the winning runs.
The batting needs a lot of work and players like Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura, Raza, Peter Moor and Chibhabha must keep themselves motivated to come out all guns blazing here. The upcoming match is a do-or-die one and we could see a better performance by the hosts on Monday.
KL Rahul’s ODI debut saw him post a scintillating 100 from 115 balls to guide India to victory against Zimbabwe on Saturday; along with Rayudu on the other end, the youngster helped the team dominate the hosts and pull off a 9-wicket win. While Rahul’s innings was studded with 7 boundaries and a huge six, Rayudu posted an unbeaten 62.
Jasprit Bumrah continues to thrill the audience as he claimed 4-28 in his 10-over spell in the first match; along with Kulkarni and Sran, who took 2 wickets each, the Indian pace attack completely annihilated the hosts. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel contributed with a wicket each to help get the opponents all-out and restrict them to a lowly total.
The Indian side is devoid of any big names, who usually steal the limelight with their batting and bowling prowess but the young team has started to make waves with stellar performances in all departments of the game. Dhoni’s leadership skills will help the youngsters put their best foot forward yet again and we could see India win the next game too.
Zimbabwe may be down on morale with their recent loss but they definitely have the resources to bounce back here; on the other hand, the Indian contingent has a versatile combination of all-rounders and T20 match-winners, who give the team the edge to win the upcoming match too.