First one-day international

India v ZImbabwe

At Faridabad, March 7. Zimbabwe won by one wicket. Toss: India.

Zimbabwe took the lead in the one-day series through an incredible last-gasp win. Marillier came to the crease in the 45th over, when his side were reeling at 210 for eight, and wielded his willow with such aplomb that he not only scooped up victory with two balls to spare, but also completed a whirlwind 21-ball fifty, then the joint fifth-quickest in one-day internationals. Zaheer Khan, whose first eight overs had claimed four for 13, went for 34 in his last two. Marillier repeatedly stepped across and hit over the keeper's head; not even Kumble could halt him in the final over. This sensational onslaught overshadowed half-centuries from Ganguly and Laxman earlier in the day, as well as a carefully crafted stand of 111 between two more seasoned Zimbabwean campaigners, Campbell and Andy Flower, before the middle order crumbled.

Man of the Match: D. A. Marillier.

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