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Who would have predicted that: Heath Streak's best ODI bowling figures down India

Zimbabwe's Heath Streak
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In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

India were on the tour of Zimbabwe in 1997. The team was supposed to play two ODIs. As it turned out, after the hosts won the first game, the second match was abandoned due to rain.

 

Match Summary

 

India 168 (43.5 overs) - Robin Singh 45 (62), Vikram Rathour 34 (53); Heath Streak 5/32 (8.5), Eddo Brandes 2/34 (8)

 

Zimbabwe 139/2 (25.5 overs) - Grant Flower* 61 (71), Andy Waller 25 (39); Anil Kumble 1/18 (6), Dodda Ganesh 1/20 (5)

 

Result - Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets 

 

The encounter between the two teams in Bulawayo did not turn out as anticipated. India were bowled out for just 168, batting first. The opening combination of Vikram Rathour and Sachin Tendulkar added 23 runs, but Tendulkar was soon dismissed for 13.

Sachin, in those days, shouldered almost half of India's batting responsibility and his dismissal came as a huge blow for the side. When Sourav Ganguly was run-out, the problem was further exacerbated for India.

Ajay Jadeja's departure for a duck did not help either. By that time, Heath Streak was on fire. After dismissing Jadeja, he accounted for the wickets of Robin Singh, Anil Kumble, Sunil Doshi and Dodda Ganesh to bundle out India for just 168.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Sachin Tendulkar), 2-33 (Sourav Ganguly), 3-68 (Vikram Rathour), 4-72 (Ajay Jadeja), 5-84 (Mohammad Azharuddin), 6-95 (Nayan Mongia), 7-159 (Anil Kumble), 8-159 (Sunil Joshi), 9-168 (Dodda Ganesh), 10-168 (Robin Singh)

 

The match had already been curtailed to 44 overs per side due to rain but India did not succeed in playing out their quota even then. It again started raining with Zimbabwe just 11 overs into their innings.

The target was then reduced to 136 off 38 overs, using not the Duckworth-Lewis but the Clark-Samson Rain Rule. With an unbeaten 61 from Grant Flower, Zimbabwe chased down the target easily and won the game by 8 wickets with 73 balls remaining.

As the next match was abandoned, Zimbabwe won the series. And, the credit for the victory goes to Heath Streak. 

 

Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Andy Waller), 2-96 (Alistair Campbell)

 

Teams

 

Zimbabwe - Andy Waller, Grant Flower, Alistair Campbell (c), Guy Whittall, Andy Flower (wk), Dave Houghton, Craig Evans, Paul Strang, Heath Streak, Eddo Brandes, John Rennie 

 

India - Vikram Rathour, Sachin Tendulkar (c), Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Robin Singh, Nayan Mongia (wk), Anil Kumble, Sunil Joshi, Dodda Ganesh, Venkatesh Prasad

 

Match Details

 

Match: ZIM v IND, 1st ODI, India in Zimbabwe ODI Series, 1997 

Date: Saturday, February 15, 1997 

Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 

Umpires: Quintin Goosen, Ian Robinson 

Third Umpire: Russell Tiffin 

Match Referee: Barry Jarman 

 

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