Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 4th Match: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 3, 2010
Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
Played at Harare Sports Club
3 June 2010 (50-over match)

Hello and a warm welcome to Zimbabwe v India game.

Pitch report: Neil Manthorp reckons there would be a bit in it for the seamers for the first thirty minutes. However, he reckons this is the least amount of grass cover on this pitch that he has seen in some time. Some bald patches. Spinners should come on later in the game. Zimbabwe have four spinners.

Toss Elton has won the toss and chose to field. "It's a good wicket. I don't think it should change much. Taibu comes in for Chris Mpofu."

Raina

0.1

Blignaut to Karthik, no run, gentle medium pace, around 126 kmph, in the channel outside off and Karthik shoulders arms

0.2

Blignaut to Karthik, no run, this one tilts in towards the middle and Karthik leans forward, bat and pad close together, to gently tap it to the on side of the pitch

0.3

Blignaut to Karthik, 1 run, back of length outside off stump line, pushed out to extra cover

Blignaut has a chat with his skipper

0.4

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, around the off stump line, from a length, nudged to the on side

0.5

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, straightens outside off, Vijay presses back to tap it to point

0.6

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, curves away ever so gently from the off stump line, defended out to covers

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • M Vijay 0 (3b)
    • KD Karthik 1 (3b)
    • AM Blignaut 1-0-1-0

Ray Price to bowl. Slip and short midwicket in place.

1.1

Price to Karthik, 1 wide, drifts his first delivery down the leg side for a wide

1.1

Price to Karthik, no run, another one that drifts in but this time on the leg stump line and hits the pad

1.2

Price to Karthik, no run, quicker, moving into leg and middle line, flicked to backward square-leg fielder

1.3

Price to Karthik, no run, goes down for the big sweep but doesn't connect properly .

1.4

Price to Karthik, no run, moves back, waits for the ball to slid into the middle and leg line, and turns it to backward square-leg

1.5

Price to Karthik, FOUR, slips just outside leg and Karthik quickly goes down on his knee to sweep it over short fine-leg fielder.

1.6

Price to Karthik, no run, finally, switches his line to just outside off and Karthik gets forward to defend

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • KD Karthik 5 (9b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 0 (3b)
    • RW Price 1-0-5-0
    • AM Blignaut 1-0-1-0

Shamz100: "It is a big opportunity for Dinesh Karthik and Vijay. they need to score big and prove that they belong. Dinesh Karthik has flattered to deceive more often than not. talent without output is of no purpose."

Lots of time being wasted - some sightscreen problem.

2.1

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, on the middle stump line, Vijay goes back to tap it towards short midwicket

2.2

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, moves in towards the off stump line, full in length, Vijay defends to the off side.

2.3

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, fuller, on the middle, Vijay is late in getting forward and manages to push the ball towards mid-on.

2.4

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, straightens on the off stump line, length delivery but Vijay prefers to go back to defend

2.5

Blignaut to Vijay, 1 wide, slips this one down the leg side for a wide. Vijay has a chat with the square-leg umpire I think ..and he moves back to his crease ..

2.5

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, straightens just outside off and Vijay waits on his back foot to push it to point

2.6

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, back of length, moves towards middle stump line and Vijay goes back to work it to the on side

End of over 3 (1 run) India 7/0 (RR: 2.33)

    • M Vijay 0 (9b)
    • KD Karthik 5 (9b 1x4)
    • AM Blignaut 2-0-2-0
    • RW Price 1-0-5-0
3.1

Price to Karthik, no run, on the leg and middle line, rolls away to the on side

3.2

Price to Karthik, no run, just moves down the leg side.. perhaps brushed the pad .. Karthik had allowed to let it go

3.3

Price to Karthik, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

3.4

Price to Karthik, 1 wide, quicker but again moving down the leg side. Yet another wide. Dangerous line this from Price.

3.4

Price to Karthik, no run, on the off and middle this time, so much better, Karthik goes back to defend

3.5

Price to Karthik, 1 wide, but back to original programming - another one that moves down leg side.

3.5

Price to Karthik, no run, goes back to chip the delivery just short of very short midwicket

3.6

Price to Karthik, no run, another one that comes in with the arm, nagging delivery, on the middle and leg, DK just manages to stab it to the on side

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 2.25)

    • KD Karthik 5 (15b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 0 (9b)
    • RW Price 2-0-7-0
    • AM Blignaut 2-0-2-0
4.1

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, in the channel outside off, straightens, pushed out to point

Slip and short cover in place

4.2

Blignaut to Vijay, 1 run, goes back and across to run down a short-of-length delivery to third man

4.3

Blignaut to Karthik, 1 run, fullish, on the leg and mdidle, line, tries to flick and might have got a thin edge and the ball rolls to the leg side .. Taibu dives full stretch, makes a half-stop. He gets up, flings his gloves off his hand, and rushes after the ball

4.4

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, on the off stump line, pushed out to short cover

4.5

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, Vijay, as ever, goes back to tap it towards mid-on

4.6

Blignaut to Vijay, 2 runs, on the legs and Vijay flicks it slightly wide of backward square-leg fielder who gets a hand on it and takes some pace off the ball

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 13/0 (RR: 2.60)

    • M Vijay 3 (14b)
    • KD Karthik 6 (16b 1x4)
    • AM Blignaut 3-0-6-0
    • RW Price 2-0-7-0

Some of you have asked about Robin Uthappa. He was not picked as he is out due to a shoulder injury. I think his surgery is over and he is working out at the NCA

5.1

Price to Karthik, 1 run, leans forward to ease the ball towards long-on

Uthappa was said to be out for three months. So another couple of months I reckon.

5.2

Price to Vijay, no run, stretches forward to squeeze the ball to the on side and Ray Price does his dramatic follow-through .. he picks the ball and takes a few steps towards Vijay.

5.3

Price to Vijay, 1 run, goes back to punch this one to long-on

5.4

Price to Karthik, 1 wide, another one that sails down the leg side

5.4

Price to Karthik, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and off line, driven to long-on

5.5

Price to Vijay, no run, on the off and middle line, eased to short cover

5.6

Price to Vijay, no run, goes back to punch the ball back to Price who flings it to Taibu

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 2.83)

    • M Vijay 4 (18b)
    • KD Karthik 8 (18b 1x4)
    • RW Price 3-0-11-0
    • AM Blignaut 3-0-6-0

Mudit: "God ! the way two are batting reminds me of Ravi Shastri in late 80s early 90s... when he could take as much as 28 balls to open scoring." Not 25, not 30 but 28 balls eh?!

6.1

Blignaut to Karthik, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

6.2

Blignaut to Karthik, no run, leans across to defend to point region

6.3

Blignaut to Karthik, no run, takes couple of steps down the track, Blignaut shortens the length and also gets it to shape it away from DK who has a poke at it and is beaten

6.4

Blignaut to Karthik, 1 run, short delivery outside off stump, run down to third man

6.5

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, length delivery around the off stump and Vijay pushes it to short cover

6.6

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

End of over 7 (1 run) India 18/0 (RR: 2.57)

    • M Vijay 4 (20b)
    • KD Karthik 9 (22b 1x4)
    • AM Blignaut 4-0-7-0
    • RW Price 3-0-11-0
7.1

Price to Karthik, 1 run

7.2

Price to Vijay, no run, the nagging line and length on the off and middle, defended on the front foot

7.3

Price to Vijay, no run, gets forward to push it to the off side

7.4

Price to Vijay, no run, full on a length around off, pushed out to short cover

7.5

Price to Vijay, 1 run, shorter in length and Vijay goes back to clip it wide of midwicket

7.6

Price to Karthik, 1 run, arm ball on the middle stump line, from back of length, Karthik goes back to work it past square-leg

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 21/0 (RR: 2.62)

    • KD Karthik 11 (24b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 5 (24b)
    • RW Price 4-0-14-0
    • AM Blignaut 4-0-7-0

Prem Pinto: "We miss you badly Viru (Sehwag)" ... He is at NCA btw .. trying to get fit ..

8.1

Blignaut to Karthik, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

8.2

Blignaut to Karthik, 1 run, leans forward to drive to left of mid-off for a single

8.3

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, goes back, waits for the length delivery to arrive and steers it to point

8.4

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, gentle outswinger and Vijay lets it pass through

Moloy:"Thats it! I have it all figured out!! Im sure Mr. Modi has ordered the IPL players to make ODIs look ridiculously boring and obsolete.. that way they might be able to squeeze in 3 - 4 IPLs every year instead! That explains all the games against Sri Lanka as well!"

8.5

Blignaut to Vijay, no run, the surprise bouncer and Vijay ducks under

8.6

Blignaut to Vijay, 1 run, length delivery on the middle and off, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 23/0 (RR: 2.55)

    • M Vijay 6 (28b)
    • KD Karthik 12 (26b 1x4)
    • AM Blignaut 5-0-9-0
    • RW Price 4-0-14-0
9.1

Price to Vijay, 1 run, leans forward to ease the full delivery to long-on

9.2

Price to Karthik, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to square-leg

9.3

Price to Karthik, 1 run, plays a gentle reverse paddle, of the back fo the bat, to pick a single

9.4

Price to Vijay, no run, stays back to wrist it to square-leg

9.5

Price to Vijay, no run, on the middle and leg line, turned to backward square-leg

9.6

Price to Vijay, 1 run, leans forward to work the fuller delivery to midwicket for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) India 26/0 (RR: 2.60)

    • M Vijay 8 (32b)
    • KD Karthik 13 (28b 1x4)
    • RW Price 5-0-17-0
    • AM Blignaut 5-0-9-0
10.1

Lamb to Vijay, 1 run, flighted on the middle, on driven to long-on ..

10.2

Lamb to Karthik, no run, turns in to the middle and leg line, worked to backward square-leg fielder

10.3

Lamb to Karthik, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to square-leg

10.4

Lamb to Karthik, 1 run, on the middle stump line, dabbed to left of backward square-leg fielder for a singel

10.5

Lamb to Vijay, no run, turns in quickly on the leg stump line, Vijay tries to clip it away and is hit on the pad

10.6

Lamb to Vijay, 1 run, goes back to punch it past the non striker

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 29/0 (RR: 2.63)

    • M Vijay 10 (35b)
    • KD Karthik 14 (31b 1x4)
    • GA Lamb 1-0-3-0
    • RW Price 5-0-17-0
11.1

Utseya to Vijay, 1 run, goes back to clip the off break to deep midwicket region

11.2

Utseya to Karthik, no run, floated outside off stump, dabbed to the off side

11.3

Utseya to Karthik, FOUR, Whoa! A shot of intent. A shot of purpose. Stop the press. Shout to your neighbours, they have played a shot. Short in length and outside off and DK geos back to cut it hard to the point boundary

11.4

Utseya to Karthik, no run, leans forward to defend back down the pitch

11.4

Utseya to Karthik, no run, leans forward to defend back down the pitch

11.5

Utseya to Karthik, FOUR, a gentle long-hop that begged and cried for punishment and DK pulls it to the midwicket boundary

11.5

Utseya to Karthik, FOUR, a gentle long-hop that begged and cried for punishment and DK pulls it to the midwicket boundary

11.6

Utseya to Karthik, no run, short again, pulled down to midwicket

11.6

Utseya to Karthik, no run, short again, pulled down to midwicket

End of over 12 (9 runs) India 38/0 (RR: 3.16)

    • KD Karthik 22 (36b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 11 (36b)
    • P Utseya 1-0-9-0
    • GA Lamb 1-0-3-0
12.1

Lamb to Vijay, 1 run, flighted delivery, pushed down the ground, and Lamb's diving effort can't prevent a single

12.2

Lamb to Karthik, no run, shorter, hit towards straight midwicket

12.3

Lamb to Karthik, 1 wide, strays too far down the leg side

12.3

Lamb to Karthik, 1 run, flighted into the pads, worked away for one

12.4

Lamb to Vijay, no run, topspinner, just outside off, doesn't turn in, Vijay plays it back to the bowler

12.5

Lamb to Vijay, no run, around middle and off, no room, defended back

12.6

Lamb to Vijay, 1 run, takes half a step down the pitch and pushes this to long-on for one

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 42/0 (RR: 3.23)

    • M Vijay 13 (40b)
    • KD Karthik 23 (38b 3x4)
    • GA Lamb 2-0-7-0
    • P Utseya 1-0-9-0
13.1

Utseya to Vijay, no run, short ball, Vijay cuts, can't get it past cover-point

13.2

Utseya to Vijay, no run, fuller, worked with the turn, finds square leg

13.3

Utseya to Vijay, 1 run, charges at him, always intending to just push it down the ground for one, which he does

13.4

Utseya to Karthik, 1 run, goes back in the crease and forces a shortish ball past midwicket

13.5

Utseya to Vijay, 1 run, stays back to a fullish delivery, and pushes it into the on side

13.6

Utseya to Karthik, 1 run, quick run, after helping it just to the right of midwicket

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 46/0 (RR: 3.28)

    • KD Karthik 25 (40b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 15 (44b)
    • P Utseya 2-0-13-0
    • GA Lamb 2-0-7-0
14.1

Lamb to Karthik, FOUR, fired down the leg side, and the shortening of the length allows Karthik to go on a knee and paddle it past short fine

14.2

Lamb to Karthik, 1 run, floater outside off, Karthik cuts, and nearly chops it onto the stumps. It not only evades the stumps, also gets them a single to short fine

14.3

Lamb to Vijay, no run, forward-defensive from Vijay

14.4

Lamb to Vijay, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes a shortish delivery past midwicket

14.5

Lamb to Karthik, no run, stays on the back foot and punches on the up, but finds cover

14.6

Lamb to Karthik, 1 run, turning into the pads, helped away to deep backward square

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 53/0 (RR: 3.53)

    • KD Karthik 31 (44b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 16 (46b)
    • GA Lamb 3-0-14-0
    • P Utseya 2-0-13-0
15.1

Utseya to Karthik, 1 run, full delivery pushed to long-on for one

15.2

Utseya to Vijay, 1 run, goes back to punch it to long-on

15.3

Utseya to Karthik, 1 run, pushed to the off side this time

15.4

Utseya to Vijay, 2 runs, goes back and across to cut it through backward point

15.5

Utseya to Vijay, no run, spins in to the middle stump line, tapped to the on side

15.6

Utseya to Vijay, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 58/0 (RR: 3.62)

    • M Vijay 19 (50b)
    • KD Karthik 33 (46b 4x4)
    • P Utseya 3-0-18-0
    • GA Lamb 3-0-14-0
16.1

Lamb to Karthik, OUT, Oh well .. DK is gone now .. He went for the reverse paddle and top edged a dolly of a catch to Taibu. It popped up gently and Taibu collected it. Thank you come again

KD Karthik c †Taibu b Lamb 33 (66m 47b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.21

KM: "Nervous 30s is a certain problem in Karthik's case.. Can someone please tell the number of times he has gotten out in 30s?"

16.2

Lamb to Kohli, no run, goes right back to defend

16.3

Lamb to Kohli, no run, floated full outside off, stretches forward to defend

16.4

Lamb to Kohli, 1 run, leans across to on drive it from around off stump line to long-on

16.5

Lamb to Vijay, no run, goes back to turn it past square-leg

16.6

Lamb to Vijay, no run, gets on the back foot to tap it towards non-striker

End of over 17 (1 run) India 59/1 (RR: 3.47)

    • M Vijay 19 (52b)
    • V Kohli 1 (3b)
    • GA Lamb 4-0-15-1
    • P Utseya 3-0-18-0

Suneej: "VIJAY reached 50(balls) with no boundaries . bat up please!!!"

17.1

Utseya to Kohli, no run, flighted outside off, driven back to the bowler

17.2

Utseya to Kohli, no run, on the off stump line, pushed back down the track

17.3

Utseya to Kohli, no run, goes back to tap it to covers

17.4

Utseya to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward to turn it to midwicket for a single

17.5

Utseya to Vijay, no run, gets well back to wrist the off break to short midwicket

17.6

Utseya to Vijay, 1 run, just outside off, punched off the back foot

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 61/1 (RR: 3.38)

    • M Vijay 20 (54b)
    • V Kohli 2 (7b)
    • P Utseya 4-0-20-0
    • GA Lamb 4-0-15-1
18.1

Lamb to Vijay, 1 run, leans forward to turn it to square-leg for a single

18.2

Lamb to Kohli, no run, gets forward to defend to short midwicket

18.3

Lamb to Kohli, 1 run, quicker, on the middle stump line, wristed past midwicket

18.4

Lamb to Vijay, OUT, And after all that plodding and meandering around .. he is gone now.. Suddenly, against the run of play, he rushed down the track and tried to play the big off drive. The ball was a drifter; it floated away from the bat and Taibu did the rest. A strangle little innings is over.

M Vijay st †Taibu b Lamb 21 (74m 56b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

18.5

Lamb to Sharma, no run, on the middle stump line, turns, worked to midwicket

18.6

Lamb to Sharma, no run, goes back and across to defend to point

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 63/2 (RR: 3.31)

    • RG Sharma 0 (2b)
    • V Kohli 3 (9b)
    • GA Lamb 5-0-17-2
    • P Utseya 4-0-20-0

Sathish on DK in 30's; "six times he got the score 30's in which he got out four times. The other two, 32* against South Africa and again 32* against Sri lanka."

19.1

Cremer to Kohli, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump line, flicked through midwicket

19.2

Cremer to Sharma, no run, turns towards off and middle line, punched off the back foot and the short cover fielder moves to his right to make a tumbling stop

19.3

Cremer to Sharma, no run, on the middle stump line, again punched of the back foot and again short cover intercepts

19.4

Cremer to Sharma, no run, leans forward to defend to covers

19.5

Cremer to Sharma, 1 run, moves forward to ease the flighted legbreak to long-off

19.6

Cremer to Kohli, no run, turns with bounce, pushed out to cover point

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 65/2 (RR: 3.25)

    • V Kohli 4 (11b)
    • RG Sharma 1 (6b)
    • AG Cremer 1-0-2-0
    • GA Lamb 5-0-17-2
20.1

Lamb to Sharma, 2 runs, gets on the back foot to punch it through extra cover

20.2

Lamb to Sharma, no run, works the ball from around off stump to short midwicket

20.3

Lamb to Sharma, 1 run, quicker, flatter and down the leg side, swept away for a single

20.4

Lamb to Kohli, FOUR, Edged over the slip fielder. Virat went back to cut and the ball flew of the edge but went quickly over Masakadza at slip

20.5

Lamb to Kohli, no run, quickish, on the middle and leg, nudged to the on side

20.6

Lamb to Kohli, 1 run, gets back to work the off break to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 21 (8 runs) India 73/2 (RR: 3.47)

    • V Kohli 9 (14b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (9b)
    • GA Lamb 6-0-25-2
    • AG Cremer 1-0-2-0
21.1

Cremer to Kohli, no run, flighted legbreak, pushed to short cover.

21.2

Cremer to Kohli, no run, the lone slip watches Virat push the ball to the off side of the pitch

21.3

Cremer to Kohli, no run, lands it just outside leg, dabbed to short midwicket

21.4

Cremer to Kohli, no run, flighted legbreak outside off and Virat stretches across to drive to short cover

21.5

Cremer to Kohli, 1 run, straightens on the middle stump line, punched down to long-off

21.6

Cremer to Sharma, no run, gets back to tap the ball to short midwicket.

End of over 22 (1 run) India 74/2 (RR: 3.36)

    • RG Sharma 4 (10b)
    • V Kohli 10 (19b 1x4)
    • AG Cremer 2-0-3-0
    • GA Lamb 6-0-25-2
22.1

Lamb to Kohli, 1 run, gets on to the back foot and punches it to deep cover

22.2

Lamb to Sharma, no run, on the back foot and works it to short midwicket

22.3

Lamb to Sharma, 1 run, on the leg and middle line, pushes it past square-leg

22.4

Lamb to Kohli, no run, leans forward to defend it back down the pitch

22.5

Lamb to Kohli, 1 run, on the middle and leg, clipped past square-leg

22.6

Lamb to Sharma, no run, turns slowly to the middle and leg line, Rohit tries to whip it to the on side and edges it to the off ...

End of over 23 (3 runs) India 77/2 (RR: 3.34)

    • RG Sharma 5 (13b)
    • V Kohli 12 (22b 1x4)
    • GA Lamb 7-0-28-2
    • AG Cremer 2-0-3-0

Naveen Moorjani: "With no fear of any bouncers or even short-pitched bowling, can we please have Y Pathan as the next batsman? We can certainly do with some power hitting here."

23.1

Cremer to Kohli, no run, presses back to turn it to midwicket

23.2

Cremer to Kohli, 2 runs, turns away from the off stump line, cut away wide of sweeper cover

23.3

Cremer to Kohli, no run, leans forward to push the ball to mid-on

23.4

Cremer to Kohli, 1 run, flighted on the middle and off, driven with the turn to long-off

23.5

Cremer to Sharma, no run, turns from the middle and leg line, pushed back to the bowler

23.6

Cremer to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up around the off stump line, driven to long-off

End of over 24 (4 runs) India 81/2 (RR: 3.37)

    • RG Sharma 6 (15b)
    • V Kohli 15 (26b 1x4)
    • AG Cremer 3-0-7-0
    • GA Lamb 7-0-28-2

Avi: "Match is going at the pace of Indian daily soap opera.. in those you skip 3 days episode,you will find nothing has happened. Same over here... you check score after 5 overs, not much change (in number of runs) is there"

24.1

Utseya to Sharma, no run, leans forward to square drive to point

24.2

Utseya to Sharma, 1 run, moves forward and across to push the ball into spaces on the off side

24.3

Utseya to Kohli, 2 runs, goes back to punch it to the right of sweeper cover for couple of runs. It was slightly short in length and that allowed Virat to play that shot

24.4

Utseya to Kohli, 1 run, short in length again , cut to sweeper cover

24.5

Utseya to Sharma, 1 run, turns to the middle stump line, pushed down to long-on

24.6

Utseya to Kohli, OUT, Utseya takes out Virat. Nice work from Taibu. It was a flighted delivery that turned in from outside off, Virat tried to work it to the on side, the ball hits the edge and bounds off Taibu's shoulder and he catches it on the rebound.

V Kohli c †Taibu b Utseya 18 (28m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.06

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 86/3 (RR: 3.44)

    • RG Sharma 8 (18b)
    • P Utseya 5-0-25-1
    • AG Cremer 3-0-7-0

Raina is the new batsman

25.1

Cremer to Sharma, 1 run, flighted leg break on the middle, driven to long-off

25.2

Cremer to Raina, 1 run, just outside off, Raina shapes to defend and the ball rolls away of the edge to third man

25.3

Cremer to Sharma, no run, slightly short in length, cut to point

25.4

Cremer to Sharma, 1 run, Slight drama on the middle and leg line, pushed towards mid-on and since it's his call, Rohit rushes on ... Raina was caught ball watching but manages to get across in time. The wild throw didn't help Zimbabwe' cause. Taibu had to really jump to grab it from well over his head.

25.5

Cremer to Raina, 1 run, works it to square-leg for a single

25.6

Cremer to Sharma, no run, turns in from outside leg and hits the pad

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 90/3 (RR: 3.46)

    • RG Sharma 10 (22b)
    • SK Raina 2 (2b)
    • AG Cremer 4-0-11-0
    • P Utseya 5-0-25-1
26.1

Utseya to Raina, 1 run, slip in place and Raina goes back to punch this one to deep cover

26.2

Utseya to Sharma, 1 run, turns in towards off, Rohit goes back to punch it to long-off

26.3

Utseya to Raina, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

26.4

Utseya to Raina, OUT, Raina is run out They had some problem in the last over as well. Raina is out this time ... He pushed it to right of short extra cover for a single. It was his call but Rohit thinks its too risky call to accept and stays put. Raina turns back and even dives but can't beat the direct hit from Blignaut. Raina has to go.

SK Raina run out 3 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

26.5

Utseya to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, fullish, on the legs, rolls off the boot to short fine-leg region

26.6

Utseya to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward to punch it to long-off

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 94/4 (RR: 3.48)

    • RG Sharma 12 (24b)
    • RA Jadeja 0 (1b)
    • P Utseya 6-0-28-1
    • AG Cremer 4-0-11-0
27.1

Cremer to Sharma, 1 run, turns in from leg and middle line, punches to the on side

Sumit: "india is playin as if it's rajasthan royals batting.. leavin it all for yusuf pathan!"

27.2

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, leans forward to turn it to midwicket

27.3

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, flighted around off stump, turned to the on side and Cremer makes a lunging stop

27.4

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, similar delivery and this time jadeja hits it straight back to the bowler

27.5

Cremer to Jadeja, OUT, Rohit is run out Loverly drama there. Zimbabwe are calling all the shots here. It was pushed towards midwicket and Rohit isoff for the single but Jadeja sends him back. Rohit turns, Chigumbura swoops on the ball and throws it to the bowler who breaks the stumps

RG Sharma run out 13 (34m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.00

27.6

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, almost a catch It was the googly, Jadeja doesn't pick it and checks his shot . the ball is the air but flies over the bowler

End of over 28 (2 runs) India 96/5 (RR: 3.42)

    • RA Jadeja 1 (6b)
    • YK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • AG Cremer 5-0-13-0
    • P Utseya 6-0-28-1
28.1

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, slip in place. off break from round the stumps, cut to backward point

28.2

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, on the legs, swept to the on side .. doesn't connect well

28.3

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, loud shout for lbw .Close call ... it pitched on the leg and middle stump line and just about straightened .. Jadeja had a lame defensive poke at it, bat well behind the pad and was struck. It would have hit the leg stump.

28.4

Utseya to Jadeja, 1 run, leans forward to play the off drive for a single

28.5

Utseya to Pathan, no run, leans forward to defend it back to Utseya

28.6

Utseya to Pathan, no run, fuller, worked back to the bowler

End of over 29 (1 run) India 97/5 (RR: 3.34)

    • YK Pathan 0 (2b)
    • RA Jadeja 2 (10b)
    • P Utseya 7-0-29-1
    • AG Cremer 5-0-13-0
29.1

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, shout for lbw but this one was going down the leg side. Jadeja went back and tried to flick but missed.

29.2

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, leans forward to on drive to long-on

29.3

Cremer to Pathan, 1 run, turns to the pads, clipped behind square-leg

29.4

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, tossed outside off, driven down to long-on

29.5

Cremer to Pathan, no run, leans forward to defend on the front foot

29.6

Cremer to Pathan, 1 run, comical drama Yusuf you beauty! He went for the lunging paddle sweep shot but slipped and fell.. almost does a full split! the ball bounced awkwardly and he manages to stab it to short fine-leg ... Yusuf hobbles across to the other end and holds his right toe.

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 101/5 (RR: 3.36)

    • YK Pathan 2 (5b)
    • RA Jadeja 4 (13b)
    • AG Cremer 6-0-17-0
    • P Utseya 7-0-29-1
30.1

Utseya to Pathan, no run, gets forward to push it away

30.2

Utseya to Pathan, 1 run, Brave man. Tries that paddle sweep again and this time connects

30.3

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, gets forward to ease it to the on side

30.4

Utseya to Jadeja, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked wide of midwicket

30.5

Utseya to Pathan, no run, stretches well forward and across to turn the off break from outside off to midwicket

30.6

Utseya to Pathan, 1 run, skips down the track and drives to long-off.

Imagine, really skipping down the track! Sorry. Slow day.

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 104/5 (RR: 3.35)

    • YK Pathan 4 (9b)
    • RA Jadeja 5 (15b)
    • P Utseya 8-0-32-1
    • AG Cremer 6-0-17-0
31.1

Cremer to Pathan, 1 run, goes back to work the leg break to square-leg

31.2

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, googly from middle and leg, Jadeja plays it of the pitch, taps it to the on side

31.3

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, shout for lbw ... good shout that. It landed just outside off, turned in, moved past the attempted flick and struck the pad in front of middle and leg. it would have hit the leg stump. Jadeja has escaped two close shouts so far .. hmmm

31.4

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

31.5

Cremer to Jadeja, 2 runs, on the leg and middle line, squeezed past square-leg

31.6

Cremer to Jadeja, FOUR, The rare long hop from Cremer and Jadeja pulls it to midwicket boundary

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 111/5 (RR: 3.46)

    • RA Jadeja 11 (20b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 5 (10b)
    • AG Cremer 7-0-24-0
    • P Utseya 8-0-32-1

Phil chips in with his usual lovely dollops of sarcasm: "Can India start their innings all over again? It's so unfair playing against a mighty team."

32.1

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, pushes his first delivery of the new spell down the leg side and it brushes the pad en route to Taibu

32.2

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, short in length, on the off stump line, Yusuf taps it ever so gently back down the track

32.3

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, fuller but again down the leg side, rolls of the pad

32.4

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, slower one outside off, Yusuf tries to adjust and cuts but straight to cover

32.5

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed back to Blignaut

32.6

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, aaha! the bouncer arrives and Yusuf tries to get away from it but the ball bounds off his left shoulder and rolls to point

End of over 33 (maiden) India 111/5 (RR: 3.36)

    • YK Pathan 5 (16b)
    • RA Jadeja 11 (20b 1x4)
    • AM Blignaut 6-1-9-0
    • AG Cremer 7-0-24-0
33.1

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, stays back to defend to midwicket

abdullah abdulwahid: "why is everybody appearing to think that it's a dull encounter because of India's slow batting? Give some credit to Zimbabwe's bowlers...and remember a high-scoring game is not always an exciting one"

33.2

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, turns in to jadeja who defends to square-leg

33.3

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, stretches forward to defend the leg break

33.4

Cremer to Jadeja, 2 runs, short in length ,turns to the leg stump line, pulled to deep square-leg ,.. the ball was in the air the fielder at backward square-leg dived to his right but couldn't reach

33.5

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, turns this one along the ground for a single

33.6

Cremer to Pathan, 1 run, flighted leg break on the leg and middle line, on driven to long-on

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 115/5 (RR: 3.38)

    • YK Pathan 6 (17b)
    • RA Jadeja 14 (25b 1x4)
    • AG Cremer 8-0-28-0
    • AM Blignaut 6-1-9-0
34.1

Blignaut to Pathan, 1 run, short in length just outside off, worked past square-leg for a single

34.2

Blignaut to Jadeja, no run, full in length outside off, square driven to point

34.3

Blignaut to Jadeja, 1 run, full in length outside off, punched through to deep point

34.4

Blignaut to Pathan, no run, back of length around off and middle, Yusuf stays back to push it to point

34.5

Blignaut to Pathan, 1 run, fullish just outside leg stump line, flicked down to fine-leg

34.6

Blignaut to Jadeja, no run, back of length just outside off stump, punched to backward point

End of over 35 (3 runs) India 118/5 (RR: 3.37)

    • RA Jadeja 15 (28b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 8 (20b)
    • AM Blignaut 7-1-12-0
    • AG Cremer 8-0-28-0
35.1

Cremer to Pathan, no run, shout for lbw .. a flighted leg break on the middle stump line and Yusuf pushed forward to defend and I think got an inside edge on to his pad. That must have saved him.

35.2

Cremer to Pathan, 1 run, leans forward to push to cover point

35.3

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, just outside off stump, tapped to backward point

35.4

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, slightly short of length, cut away to sweeper cover

35.5

Cremer to Pathan, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed back to the bowler

35.6

Cremer to Pathan, SIX, Cremer offers his second long hop for the day. Yusuf puts it out its misery. he pulls it over midwicket boundary.

End of over 36 (8 runs) India 126/5 (RR: 3.50)

    • YK Pathan 15 (24b 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 16 (30b 1x4)
    • AG Cremer 9-0-36-0
    • AM Blignaut 7-1-12-0

Drinks break

36.1

Price to Jadeja, no run, leans forward to turn to the on side

36.2

Price to Jadeja, no run, stays back to work it to midwicket

36.3

Price to Jadeja, 1 run, quicker, on the off stump line, pushed down to long-on

36.4

Price to Pathan, OUT, Dead plumb in front! Ray Price gets yet another international wicket with his arm ball. It landed just outside off and skidded in towards middle. Yusuf was pushing forward to defend but the bat was well outside the line of the delivery.

YK Pathan lbw b Price 15 (38m 25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 60.00

36.5

Price to Mishra, no run, huge shout for lbw It was slower in pace, moved in towards middle stump line and hits the pad. Was there an inside edge? The bat was close to the ball .. hope they show replays

36.6

Price to Mishra, no run, goes back to stab it to the on side

End of over 37 (1 run) India 127/6 (RR: 3.43)

    • A Mishra 0 (2b)
    • RA Jadeja 17 (33b 1x4)
    • RW Price 6-0-18-1
    • AG Cremer 9-0-36-0
37.1

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, outside the off stump and straightens , Jadeja is beaten, pushing inside the line

37.2

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, turns this to fine-leg

37.3

Cremer to Mishra, OUT, For a moment Mishra had transformed to Bravo. He sashayed down the track and played that stylish whippy lofted on drive that Bravo does so well. But of course its just Mishy. It doesn't cover much distance and the long-on fielder ran in to collect that.

A Mishra c Coventry b Cremer 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Abedi is on a roll here: "Is this the second best best team India? Is this the 2nd best opening pair of team India? Is this the 2nd best middle order of team INdia? Is this the 2nd best Fast bowlers of team India? If yes, then ndian cricket future is not bright, thats sure."

37.4

Cremer to Jadeja, no run, leans well forward to defend

37.5

Cremer to Jadeja, FOUR, drops it short and Jadeja pulls it over the leaping square-leg fielder

37.6

Cremer to Jadeja, 1 run, turns in towards the middle and off line, punched to long-on

End of over 38 (6 runs) India 133/7 (RR: 3.50)

    • RA Jadeja 23 (38b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 0 (0b)
    • AG Cremer 10-0-42-1
    • RW Price 6-0-18-1

Tendai Rafemoyo: "Three close lbw shouts, if they had been given, it will be looking rather worrying for India." The first two (against Jadeja) looked out too ..

38.1

Price to Jadeja, no run, turns down the leg side ..

38.2

Price to Jadeja, no run, goes back to work it to midwicket

38.3

Price to Jadeja, no run, leans forward to deflect it to the on side

38.4

Price to Jadeja, no run, clips it to square-leg fielder

38.5

Price to Jadeja, 1 run, punches it off the back foot

38.6

Price to Dinda, no run

End of over 39 (1 run) India 134/7 (RR: 3.43)

    • AB Dinda 0 (1b)
    • RA Jadeja 24 (43b 2x4)
    • RW Price 7-0-19-1
    • AG Cremer 10-0-42-1
39.1

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, tossed full on the middle, goes for the sweep and edges it to short fine-leg

39.2

Utseya to Jadeja, SIX, rushes down the track and heaves the flighted off break over long-off. India are on 140

39.3

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, pushes this one to the off side

39.4

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, on the pads, rolls away to the on side

39.5

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, quicker, cut to point

39.6

Utseya to Jadeja, 1 run, goes back to clip it past square-leg

Patrick James: "I think it will very very easy biscuit, chocolate & cake for Zimbabwe to chase 150 to 170."

End of over 40 (7 runs) India 141/7 (RR: 3.52)

    • RA Jadeja 31 (49b 2x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 0 (1b)
    • P Utseya 9-0-39-1
    • RW Price 7-0-19-1

Batting Powerplay on

40.1

Lamb to Jadeja, no run, lands outside leg, turned to the on side

40.2

Lamb to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, quicker, straightens outside leg, nudged to short fine-leg

40.3

Lamb to Dinda, no run, goes back to nudge to the on side

40.4

Lamb to Dinda, 1 run

40.5

Lamb to Jadeja, SIX, Wallop! Jadeja clears the front foot and lofts the flighted off break high over long-on

40.6

Lamb to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, on the legs, rolls of the pad for a leg bye

End of over 41 (9 runs) India 150/7 (RR: 3.65)

    • RA Jadeja 37 (53b 2x4 2x6)
    • AB Dinda 1 (3b)
    • GA Lamb 8-0-35-2
    • P Utseya 9-0-39-1
41.1

Price to Jadeja, no run, moves down the track and drives to long-on

41.2

Price to Jadeja, no run, fullish, on the middle, checks his shot .. and the ball rolls to the on side

41.3

Price to Jadeja, 1 run, drives the full delivery to long-on

41.4

Price to Dinda, no run, on the middle and off line, pushed to the off side

41.5

Price to Dinda, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, swiped away past square-leg

41.6

Price to Dinda, 1 run, Another ugly swipe across the line .. the ball goes of the edge to right of midwicket

End of over 42 (4 runs) India 154/7 (RR: 3.66)

    • AB Dinda 4 (6b)
    • RA Jadeja 38 (56b 2x4 2x6)
    • RW Price 8-0-23-1
    • GA Lamb 8-0-35-2
42.1

Lamb to Dinda, no run, goes for the big hit to the on side.. the ball rolls away of the pad

42.2

Lamb to Dinda, 1 run, on the leg stump line, chipped in the air but short of the advancing deep midwicket

42.3

Lamb to Jadeja, 2 runs, backs away and carves the full delivery towards straight boundary

42.4

Lamb to Jadeja, 1 run, stays back and heaves, doesn't connect properly, to left of mid-on

42.5

Lamb to Dinda, no run, quickish off break and Dinda just about manages to get an inside edge on to his pad

42.6

Lamb to Dinda, 1 run, goes for the big slog across the line but doesn't connect properly. Again.

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 159/7 (RR: 3.69)

    • AB Dinda 6 (10b)
    • RA Jadeja 41 (58b 2x4 2x6)
    • GA Lamb 9-0-40-2
    • RW Price 8-0-23-1
43.1

Price to Dinda, 2 runs, heaves the full delivery towards long-on

43.2

Price to Dinda, 2 runs, short in length just outside off, cut past point

43.3

Price to Dinda, no run

43.4

Price to Dinda, FOUR, Dinda finally connects with one of those leg-side slogs. This one flies away to the backward square-leg boundary

43.5

Price to Dinda, 1 run, moves outside leg and pushes the ball to cover

43.6

Price to Jadeja, 1 run, dropped by Cremer at long-on What a mess. It was hit straight to him and it went into his palms and popped right out.

End of over 44 (10 runs) India 169/7 (RR: 3.84)

    • RA Jadeja 42 (59b 2x4 2x6)
    • AB Dinda 15 (15b 1x4)
    • RW Price 9-0-33-1
    • GA Lamb 9-0-40-2
44.1

Lamb to Jadeja, FOUR, low full toss and Jadeja smashes it to wide long-on boundary

44.2

Lamb to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, just outside leg stump line, goes for the sweep, the ball rolls away to short third man

44.3

Lamb to Dinda, 1 run, dropped by the bowler Dinda went down the track and mishit it just over Lamb who jumps but can't hold on

44.4

Lamb to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, Chance of a run out. The failed sweep shot saw the ball roll away to the off side .. Taibu was very quick to get off the blocks, picked the ball and dived forward to flick it to the bowler who doesn't collect cleanly .. Jadeja was out of his crease

44.5

Lamb to Dinda, OUT, And some one takes a catch. Finally. Taylor it is. It was the mis-hit slog and Taylor ran in from deep midwicket to collect it

AB Dinda c Taylor b Lamb 16 (30m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 94.11

Karthik: "After all those bad days, looks like the lady luck has finally decided to smile at Jadeja!! If I am not wrong this is his third life of the day!" Two plausible lbw shouts and a dropped catch

44.6

Lamb to Jadeja, no run, quickish, shorter in length, turned to square-leg

End of over 45 (7 runs) India 176/8 (RR: 3.91)

    • RA Jadeja 46 (63b 3x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 0 (0b)
    • GA Lamb 10-0-45-3
    • RW Price 9-0-33-1

SreeKiran: "Kris Srikanth has lot to explain for the abysmal performance of this team. The composition of the team itself looks awful. "

45.1

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, from round the stumps, full in length, around off stump, pushed to short extra over

45.2

Blignaut to Ojha, 1 wide, slower one but slips down the leg side

45.2

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, bouncer that moved from just outside leg to the off-stump line.. Ojha had a lame poke at it. Almost fatal.

45.3

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, on the middle stump line, defended to the off side

45.4

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, on the off stump line, steered to backward point

45.5

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, gets forward to play it away quietly

45.6

Blignaut to Ojha, 1 run, on the pads, turned past square-leg and he will retain the strike. Oh well...!

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 178/8 (RR: 3.86)

    • PP Ojha 1 (6b)
    • RA Jadeja 46 (63b 3x4 2x6)
    • AM Blignaut 8-1-14-0
    • GA Lamb 10-0-45-3

Mohseen: "Can Kris Srikkanth explain the logic behind M Vijay's selection? His performance in T20 World Cup was pathetic and now he can't score good runs against Zimbabwe! Forget getting a big score or even a 40, look at his strike rate what is he doing??"

46.1

Utseya to Ojha, no run, lands full just outside leg, goes past the attempted flick and hits the pad

The off-side inner ring is packed.

46.2

Utseya to Ojha, no run, short in length ,Ojha can't pierce that field on the off side

46.3

Utseya to Ojha, no run, goes past the off stump, Ojha is beaten, trying to push it to third man

46.4

Utseya to Ojha, 1 run, gets forward to drive it past the diving bowler

46.5

Utseya to Jadeja, no run, drives to covers .. no run

46.6

Utseya to Jadeja, 1 run, retains the strike with a drive to long-on

Niraj: "There's no point in talking about the composition or blaming the selectors since its clear the idea is to focus on the bigger picture that is the 2011 WC and have all available options to select for that specific purpose! This team was sent to showcase that not like winning doesn't matter but the eye is on the big prize. "

End of over 47 (2 runs) India 180/8 (RR: 3.82)

    • RA Jadeja 47 (65b 3x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 2 (10b)
    • P Utseya 10-0-41-1
    • AM Blignaut 8-1-14-0

On Uthappa: He was out after IPL. Shoulder injury. Surgery done recently. he was out for three months

47.1

Blignaut to Jadeja, no run, leans forward to drive to the off side

47.2

Blignaut to Jadeja, 1 run, short in length, moves in from outside leg, turned to midwicket

47.3

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Ojha tries to run it down to third man and is beaten

47.4

Blignaut to Ojha, 1 run, short in length, on the off stump line, pushed wide of short cover for a single

47.5

Blignaut to Jadeja, 1 run, slower one that moves in from outside leg stump, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

47.6

Blignaut to Ojha, no run, on the middle stump line, squeezed out to backward point

End of over 48 (3 runs) India 183/8 (RR: 3.81)

    • PP Ojha 3 (13b)
    • RA Jadeja 49 (68b 3x4 2x6)
    • AM Blignaut 9-1-17-0
    • P Utseya 10-0-41-1

Pratiroop: "Ojha getting his eye in before the final charge :D" Ha!

48.1

Price to Jadeja, 1 run, goes down the track to drive down to long-on .. two fifties in successive games against Zimbabwe ..

48.2

Price to Ojha, no run, goes for the hoick and is hit on the pad

48.3

Price to Ojha, 1 run, gets a single with a drive to the on side

48.4

Price to Jadeja, 2 leg byes, goes for the big heave .. mistimes it to midwicket and they run hard to come back for the second run

48.5

Price to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss, sliced away to long-off

48.6

Price to Ojha, 1 run, gets down the track and mistimes it to long-off. Ojha, again, retains the strike. Cho cute!

End of over 49 (6 runs) India 189/8 (RR: 3.85)

    • PP Ojha 5 (16b)
    • RA Jadeja 51 (71b 3x4 2x6)
    • RW Price 10-0-37-1
    • AM Blignaut 9-1-17-0
49.1

Blignaut to Ojha, 1 run, short in length around off stump line, shovels it over point

49.2

Blignaut to Jadeja, OUT, banged in short and Jadeja flat-bats it straight to long-off. He hung around in middle, got a fifty and pushed India towards 200

RA Jadeja c Masakadza b Blignaut 51 (100m 72b 3x4 2x6) SR: 70.83

49.3

Blignaut to Ojha, 1 run, short and outside off, carved to deep backward point region

49.4

Blignaut to Yadav, no run, short in length, cuts in to the middle, pushed out to the bowler

49.5

Blignaut to Yadav, 2 runs, full delivery, whipped to left of long-on

Deo: "With so many queries on Uthappa, I think cricinfo should put a note on Main Pagethat Uthappa is out of team due to injury and is currently back to india :)" Ha! seriously man! The last I saw him was couple of weeks back; he was in the mall to watch the movie, ironically titled, "The back-up plan!" He is now working out at the National cricket academy in Bangalore.

49.6

Blignaut to Yadav, 1 run, slower one, hit to midwicket for a single .. and the fielder missed the stumps at the non-striker's end .. had it hit the stumps, they could have got a run out

Yawningly slow start. Continuous wicket fall. Restricted to 194. Join us in a while for the chase

End of over 50 (5 runs) India 194/9

    • UT Yadav 3 (3b)
    • PP Ojha 7 (18b)
    • AM Blignaut 10-1-22-1
    • RW Price 10-0-37-1
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