India play better game to bamboozle Zimbabwe
India 271-8 (Vijay 72) beat
Zimbabwe 209 (Chibhabha 72) by 62 runs
Second One-Day International, Harare
A century opening partnership and a good bowling performance helped India win the second One-Day International against Zimbabwe in Harare by 62 runs and move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Zimbabwe won the toss again and opted to bowl first. It was a slow and sedate start for India even though the pitch seemed more conducive to batting than the previous one.
Ajinkya Rahane (63) and Murali Vijay (72) took India to 39 for no loss after 10 overs. They continued at the same rate even in the next 10 overs, reaching 78 for no loss after 20 overs.
Rahane was the first to reach his half-century in 73 balls with a four off Sean Williams (0-23) to the midwicket boundary.
Rahane also took India past 100 in the 24th over with a four off Chamu Chibhabha (1-27).
However, Rahane lost an opportunity to score a ton getting a leading edge off Chibhabha’s bowling as India went to 112 for one after 27 overs.
Vijay reached his maiden ODI fifty in the 28th over with a couple of runs, taking 81 balls to reach the milestone.
India got a move on subsequently, Vijay smashing two sixes in two overs, one of them off Brian Vitori (1-47) who went for 11 runs in the 31st over for India to reach 150 for one.
Vijay too, lost out in a bid to accelerate, mistiming a flick to deep square leg. After a brief period of consolidation, Hamilton Masakadza (0-26) was tonked for 14 runs in the 37th over including a drop by Vitori at long-on with the ball parried away for four.
India reached 194 for two after 40 overs. Nevertheless, the 44-run third-wicket partnership was ended in the 42nd over when Ambati Rayudu (41) missed out on another fifty, heaving a length delivery straight to deep mid-wicket.
Manoj Tiwary (22) fell in the next over offering an easy catch to short fine leg off the bowling of Donald Tiripano (1-42).
India were 210 for four after 43 overs but had a 12-run over in the 44th thanks to Stuart Binny (25) and Robin Uthappa (13).
Uthappa missed out thanks to a stunning yorker from Neville Madziva (4-49), who had a fine match with the ball.
Binny and Kedar Jadhav (16) played aggressive cameos but Madziva bowled a sensational final over getting two wickets and giving away just five runs
India finished on 271 for eight after 50 overs.
Zimbabwe began well with Chibhabha (72) hammering three successive fours off Dhawal Kulkarni (1-39) in the fourth over.
However, Kulkarni came back well to get Vusi Sibanda (2) who drove a half-volley straight to point.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-33) got his 50th ODI wicket when he had Masakadza (5) nicking one to the wicket-keeper.
Kumar picked up another in his next over, this time of Elton Chigumbura (9) who was brilliantly taken by Rahane at second slip.
Zimbabwe were reduced to 43 for three after 13 overs. They could have lost a fourth but Williams (20) was dropped after a mix up in the covers off Harbhajan Singh’s (1-29) bowling.
Harbhajan’s bad luck continued when Williams edged one but was dropped by Vijay in the slip cordon.
Chibhabha brought up his fifty in 78 balls in the 24th over to take Zimbabwe to 90 for three.
The 52-run partnership was broken the next over when Axar Patel (1-40) broke through Williams’ defence.
That reduced Zimbabwe to 95 for four after 25 overs. Uthappa missed a stumping chance later off the bowling of Patel and Chibhabha survived.
Sikandar Raza (18) showed good touch smacking 12 off Vijay (0-18) including a six to take Zimbabwe to 122 for four after 30 overs.
But in one unfortunate over, the chase was totally derailed. First, Chibhabha was run out thanks to a direct hit from Rahane in the first ball of the 32nd over from Harbhajan.
Then, Raza edged one to the keeper and walked even though the umpire had given it not out.
Graeme Cremer (27) and Richmond Mutumbami (32) added another 52 runs for the seventh wicket to take Zimbabwe to 184 for six after 44.2 overs. Mutumbami had brought up the half century partnership with consecutive fours off Binny (1-42).
But Binny had the last laugh getting him to hole out to long-off. A couple of balls later Madziva (0) was run out without facing a delivery as Zimbabwe went to 190 for eight after 45 overs.
Zimbabwe were eventually all out for 209 after 49 overs. India won the game by 62 runs and have taken a 2-0 lead in the series.
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