India in Zimbabwe T20I Series - 2nd T20I

Zimbabwe v India

India won by 7 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

The players are out. Zimbabwe would have learnt from their mistakes yesterday.

Toss: India are bowling first again. Surprise!! Pardon the sarcasm. One change for India - Chawla makes way for Amit Mishra.

Chigumbura announced that there were three changes and for the second time in a row suffered a memory lapse... At least he smiled about it!

IN - Tendai Chatara, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer

OUT - Utseya, Ervine and Rainsford.

Chatara, the Mountaineers right-arm seamer, makes his debut.

12.20pm: Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the second and final Twenty20 in Harare. It's the last game of the tour for India, and quite a tough one too. The toss is in ten minutes.

This series hasn't been kind at all to the team batting first. It's quite eerie after a while when it becomes a regular pattern. So the decision will be a no-brainer, no matter what the conditions are. The weather looks good at the Harare Sports Club. Arun Lal says the reason teams chasing have been successful is because the moisture dries up and the ball comes on easily on to the bat.

Just saw an interesting segment on TV about Bryan Strang, the former left-arm seamer. Strang's now a yoga practitioner and photo journalist. After his cricket career ended, he went off the radar and admitted to "drinking and getting caught in the material world." That's when he discovered yoga and Art of Living. Nice to see him get his life back in order.

0.1

Dinda to Masakadza, no run, lands it on a fullish length outside off and the batsman leaves it alone, gauges the movement

0.2

Dinda to Masakadza, no run, left alone to the keeper and much straighter this time

0.3

Dinda to Masakadza, no run, slightly wider outside the off stump and he safely lets it go - three leaves in a row, yes this is a T20 game, not kidding

0.4

Dinda to Masakadza, no run, make that four out of four, but this time Masakadza was expecting a wide, the umpire had a long look at it and well was in favour of the bowler

0.5

Dinda to Masakadza, 1 wide, five leaves in a row, but this time it's called a wide! Zim off the mark but not off the bat

0.5

Dinda to Masakadza, no run, lands it outside off and he's happy to let this one go as well

0.6

Dinda to Masakadza, 1 run, finally some bat on ball, but time he edges it to his pad and takes a single

"Masakadza just got married, and he's also stopped flirting outside the off stump" - jokes one of my colleagues.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    1* (6b)      AB Dinda    1-0-2-0
BRM Taylor    0* (0b)     

1.1

Vinay Kumar to Masakadza, 1 wide, Vinay slides down the leg side and the batsman tries to glide it down

1.1

Vinay Kumar to Masakadza, 1 run, stays behind the line and punches it softly in front of mid-on and sets off

1.2

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, no run, slower and fuller and he pushes it straight to mid-on

1.3

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, FOUR, short and towards the helmet, Taylor hooks but gets a top edge which beats the keeper safely and runs to fine leg

1.4

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, no run, steers it towards backward point and the fielder attacks the ball well

1.5

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, no run, dabs it towards the slips with soft hands

1.6

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, no run, drops it in front of cover and contemplates a single but the fielder charges in

End of over 2 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
BRM Taylor    4* (5b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-6-0
H Masakadza    2* (7b)      AB Dinda    1-0-2-0

2.1

Dinda to Masakadza, OUT, Masakadza tries to force the pace after being bogged down, he gives the bowler the charge and ends up flat-batting it straight to Rohit at mid-off, he hops and takes the catch fairly easily

H Masakadza c Sharma b Dinda 2 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Two failures for Masakadza. Here's Chibhabha

2.2

Dinda to Chibhabha, no run, appeal for a run-out! He pushes it towards mid-off and sets off, Taylor sends him back and the throw is fired to the keeper but Chibhabha makes it back on time

2.3

Dinda to Chibhabha, no run, stays rooted to the crease and flashes at one outside off and misses

2.4

Dinda to Chibhabha, no run, stays back and drops it to the packed off side field

2.5

Dinda to Chibhabha, no run, steers it towards cover point and no chance of a single there

2.6

Dinda to Chibhabha, 1 run, strays on the pads and he tucks it to fine leg, good over again, very nearly a maiden

End of over 3 (1 run) Zimbabwe 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
CJ Chibhabha    1* (5b)      AB Dinda    2-0-3-1
BRM Taylor    4* (5b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-6-0

3.1

Vinay Kumar to Chibhabha, no run, on middle and leg and softly tucked to midwicket

3.2

Vinay Kumar to Chibhabha, no run, nice line, cramps him for room, Chibhabha can only taps it back to the bowler

3.3

Vinay Kumar to Chibhabha, no run, tucks him up for room again and he can only push it back to the bowler

3.4

Vinay Kumar to Chibhabha, no run, he makes a bit of room to slash it away but can only chop it back to the bowler

3.5

Vinay Kumar to Chibhabha, 1 run, now he opens the face and softly steers it to backward point and picks up a quick single

3.6

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, no run, Taylor moves across to a fullish delivery moving away and prods forward tentatively and is beaten, he's struggling a bit too

Good start for India, they're stifling Zimbabwe here

End of over 4 (1 run) Zimbabwe 10/1 (RR: 2.50)
BRM Taylor    4* (6b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-7-0
CJ Chibhabha    2* (10b)      AB Dinda    2-0-3-1

4.1

Dinda to Chibhabha, no run, lands outside off and he's tempted to poke at that, tries to dab it to third man but misses

4.2

Dinda to Chibhabha, 1 run, angles towards middle and off, he swings at it and gets an outside edge on the up to third man

4.3

Dinda to Taylor, no run, tries to slam that over the on side but ends up mistiming it along the ground to mid-on

4.4

Dinda to Taylor, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and dabs it just wide of backward point for a single

4.5

Dinda to Chibhabha, FOUR, the first convincing boundary, Dinda drops it short for a chance, Chibhabha uses the crease and pounds it over square leg, couple of bounces and four

4.6

Dinda to Chibhabha, no run, gives him the charge and Dinda takes the pace off the ball, he ends up pushing it towards mid-off

End of over 5 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 16/1 (RR: 3.20)
CJ Chibhabha    7* (14b 1x4)      AB Dinda    3-0-9-1
BRM Taylor    5* (8b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-7-0

Spin now, here's Ojha

5.1

PP Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, nice shot! He comes down the track a bit and takes it on the half volley, crisp drive past mid-on

5.2

PP Ojha to Taylor, no run, punches it towards extra cover

5.3

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, comes down the track and punches to long-off

5.4

PP Ojha to Chibhabha, no run, skids through and the ball clips his pads outside the line of leg, stifled appeal

5.5

PP Ojha to Chibhabha, no run, punches it towards cover

5.6

PP Ojha to Chibhabha, OUT, the leg stump is down! Ojha tosses it up on middle and leg, Chibhabha exposes his stumps a bit in attempting a slog and misses it completely, timber and out

CJ Chibhabha b PP Ojha 7 (16m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Sachin: "I think India should minimise the use of R Ashwin. We should use him as a chhupa rustam for the world cup. Srilanka is doing the same by not playing mendis in the asia cup."

End of over 6 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 21/2 (RR: 3.50)
     PP Ojha    1-0-5-1
BRM Taylor    10* (11b 2x4)      AB Dinda    3-0-9-1

6.1

Mishra to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward and drives to cover

6.2

Mishra to Taibu, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and sweeps to short fine leg

6.3

Mishra to Taylor, no run, opens the face and dabs it to short third man

6.4

Mishra to Taylor, 1 run, this one skids through and he clips it to midwicket

6.5

Mishra to Taibu, 2 runs, the reverse sweep, he fetches it from middle and places it wide of backward point, not much pace to carry it to the rope

6.6

Mishra to Taibu, no run, the reverse sweep again but this time he finds backward point

End of over 7 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 26/2 (RR: 3.71)
T Taibu    3* (3b)      A Mishra    1-0-5-0
BRM Taylor    12* (14b 2x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-5-1

no close catchers for Ojha

7.1

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, sweeps firmly but Ashwin picks it up at deep square leg

7.2

PP Ojha to Taibu, 1 run, tossed up on middle and he too sweeps to deep square leg

7.3

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, drops it in front of backward point again and sets off quickly, good running

7.4

PP Ojha to Taibu, 1 run, sweeps towards deep square leg and Ashwin nearly over-runs the ball, he didnt watch the spin early enough but managed to get a hand to it

7.5

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, dabs it towards point for a single

7.6

PP Ojha to Taibu, 2 runs, sweeps and nearly bisects the gap between two fielders at deep square leg, good fielding by one of them to cut it off

End of over 8 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 33/2 (RR: 4.12)
T Taibu    7* (6b)      PP Ojha    2-0-12-1
BRM Taylor    15* (17b 2x4)      A Mishra    1-0-5-0

8.1

Mishra to Taylor, no run, comes down the track and taps it to the off side

8.2

Mishra to Taylor, FOUR, lovely shot! He chips down the track and gets to the pitch and lofts crisply over the bowler's head

8.3

Mishra to Taylor, no run, turned to the on side

8.4

Mishra to Taylor, no run

8.5

Mishra to Taylor, no run, down the track and he fails to hit it, the ball hits his pad and rolls back to the keeper, he scampers back to the crease and Ojha tries to hit the stumps but misses

8.6

Mishra to Taylor, 1 run, turns it to the on side

End of over 9 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 38/2 (RR: 4.22)
BRM Taylor    20* (23b 3x4)      A Mishra    2-0-10-0
T Taibu    7* (6b)      PP Ojha    2-0-12-1

9.1

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, dabs it towards point and sets off quickly

9.2

PP Ojha to Taibu, 1 run, fetches it from middle and plays the reverse sweep, it was in the air for a while and Jadeja picked it up at deep point

9.3

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, turns it to the on side

9.4

PP Ojha to Taibu, FOUR, he perfects the reverse sweep this time! Fetches it from middle, deft touch, places it well wide of short third man, must have felt good

9.5

PP Ojha to Taibu, 1 run, tries to sweep again and the ball takes the edge, then the pad and lobs away

9.6

PP Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, tucks it towards square leg

End of over 10 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 47/2 (RR: 4.70)
BRM Taylor    23* (26b 3x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-21-1
T Taibu    13* (9b 1x4)      A Mishra    2-0-10-0

10.1

Mishra to Taylor, no run, taps it towards the off side

10.2

Mishra to Taylor, 1 run, stays back and punches it towards point

10.3

Mishra to Taibu, no run, full outside off and driven to extra cover

10.4

Mishra to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu's hitting it nicely off the middle, gets on his knee and sweeps powerfully in front of square along the turf, down to deep midwicket

10.5

Mishra to Taibu, 1 run, gives it more air and he drives through the line to long-off

10.6

Mishra to Taylor, no run, stays back and punches it to midwicket

End of over 11 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 53/2 (RR: 4.81)
BRM Taylor    24* (29b 3x4)      A Mishra    3-0-16-0
T Taibu    18* (12b 2x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-21-1

11.1

Ashwin to Taibu, no run, tossed up and he tucks it to the on side

11.2

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 wide, down the leg side, tries to sweep but misses

11.2

Ashwin to Taibu, 2 runs, at the last minute opens the face and dabs it past short third man

11.3

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 run, the switch hit doesnt come off well, hits his pads and rolls to the off side

11.4

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, punches with the turn to midwicket

11.5

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 run, tosses it up,he pushes it to midwicket

11.6

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, full on middle and pushed to wide long-on

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End of over 12 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 60/2 (RR: 5.00)
BRM Taylor    26* (31b 3x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-7-0
T Taibu    22* (16b 2x4)      A Mishra    3-0-16-0

12.1

Mishra to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up on middle and clipped to midwicket

12.2

Mishra to Taibu, 2 runs, on his knee and he sweeps hard to deep square, good running by Taibu

12.3

Mishra to Taibu, 1 run

12.4

Mishra to Taylor, OUT, Yusuf take a bow! One of the better outfield catches you will see, Taylor gives the charge and aims to scoop that over the sight screen Yusuf gets across from long-on, runs to his left, leaps and cups it with both hands and falls and still holds on to the catch

BRM Taylor c Pathan b Mishra 27 (48m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

12.5

Mishra to Taibu, no run, appeal for a lbw but the ball would have missed leg stump

12.6

Mishra to Taibu, 1 run, tucks it to the on side

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 65/3 (RR: 5.00)
T Taibu    26* (20b 2x4)      A Mishra    4-0-21-1
CK Coventry    0* (0b)      R Ashwin    1-0-7-0

13.1

Ashwin to Taibu, no run, tucks it to the on side

13.2

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 no ball, he oversteps, he pushes it to the off side

13.2

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 run, fails to out away the free hit , driven firmly down the ground to long-off

13.3

Ashwin to Coventry, 1 run

13.4

Ashwin to Taibu, no run, attempts the reverse sweep, the ball rolls to the off side

13.5

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 run, whips it to the on side

13.6

Ashwin to Coventry, no run

End of over 14 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 69/3 (RR: 4.92)
CK Coventry    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    2-0-11-0
T Taibu    28* (25b 2x4)      A Mishra    4-0-21-1

14.1

PP Ojha to Taibu, 1 run, another reverse sweep and he tamely pushes it just wide of point

14.2

PP Ojha to Coventry, no run

14.3

PP Ojha to Coventry, 1 run, stays back and punches it towards long-off

14.4

PP Ojha to Taibu, no run, tries to sweep and the ball hits his pads, big appeal by Ojha, missing leg

14.5

PP Ojha to Taibu, 2 runs, gets on his knee and sweeps to deep square leg

14.6

PP Ojha to Taibu, 1 run, rocks back and slaps it behind point

End of over 15 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 74/3 (RR: 4.93)
T Taibu    32* (29b 2x4)      PP Ojha    4-0-26-1
CK Coventry    2* (4b)      R Ashwin    2-0-11-0

15.1

Ashwin to Taibu, 3 runs, sweeps and gets a top edge which clears short fine leg

15.2

Ashwin to Coventry, FOUR, strong reverse sweep by Coventry, hits the middle of the bat and races towards deep point, Ojha misfields, he ought to have stopped that at deep point

15.3

Ashwin to Coventry, SIX, Coventry uses his feet, he gets under the bounce and carts that over deep extra cover

15.4

Ashwin to Coventry, FOUR, the reverse sweep again! He plays it more behind square on the off side, beats Ojha comfortably

15.5

Ashwin to Coventry, 1 run, makes room gets under the bounce and scoops it towards long-off

15.6

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 run, forces it to the on side

19 off that over! Zim finally pushing forward here

End of over 16 (19 runs) Zimbabwe 93/3 (RR: 5.81)
T Taibu    36* (31b 2x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-30-0
CK Coventry    17* (8b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-26-1

Vinay to bowl

16.1

Vinay Kumar to Taibu, 1 run, excellent yorker and that has Taibu in a tangle, they pinch a single

16.2

Vinay Kumar to Coventry, FOUR, raw power! Vinay bowls the slower ball and Coventry makes room, waits for the ball and biffs it wide of long-off

16.3

Vinay Kumar to Coventry, 1 run, good yorker this time, Coventry just manages to dig it out, they pinch a single

16.4

Vinay Kumar to Taibu, 1 run, makes room and biffs it towards extra cover, they rush through for a single, the throw is to Vinay and he parries it to the stumps but the batsman's home

16.5

Vinay Kumar to Coventry, SIX, lost in the trees! Vinay pitches it up, Coventry makes room, gets under the bounce and launches it high and far over long-off

16.6

Vinay Kumar to Coventry, no run, good yorker, dug out back to the bowler

End of over 17 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 106/3 (RR: 6.23)
CK Coventry    28* (12b 3x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-20-0
T Taibu    38* (33b 2x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-30-0

17.1

Dinda to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu attempts one of the outrageoius scoops made famous by Dilshan and McCullum, he picked the yorker try and pull it off, moves across his stumps and the ball rolls to short fine leg

17.2

Dinda to Coventry, OUT, the middle stump is flattened! Quick yorker honing in on the blockhole, as straight as it can get, Coventry makes room and loses his middle stump which goes back a couple of yards

CK Coventry b Dinda 28 (20m 13b 3x4 2x6) SR: 215.38

17.3

Dinda to Chigumbura, 1 run, Chigumbura digs out a yorker and Ojha does really well to dive to his left and stop it, Taibu was off the blocks in a flash and he was home, the throw was to the bowler';s end

17.4

Dinda to Taibu, 1 run, slashes it down to third man

17.5

Dinda to Chigumbura, 1 run, on the blockhole outside off and he digs it out to the off side

17.6

Dinda to Taibu, 2 runs, forces it to the on side and pushes hard for the second run

End of over 18 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 112/4 (RR: 6.22)
T Taibu    42* (36b 2x4)      AB Dinda    4-0-15-2
E Chigumbura    2* (2b)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-20-0

They've bettered their score yesterday, lets see how much they can score off the next 12

18.1

Ashwin to Chigumbura, SIX, add 6 to that! Tossed up outside off and he stays at the crease and slams it over long-off

18.2

Ashwin to Chigumbura, SIX, goes the other way this time! Uses the crease and lofts him high over long-on

18.3

Ashwin to Chigumbura, FOUR, tossed up on middle and leg and he turns at the crease and slogs over square leg, one bounce and four

18.4

Ashwin to Chigumbura, OUT, Raina take a bow! Chigumbura tries to hit that into orbit over the on side, gets a top edge and Raina runs backwards from midwicket, doesn't take his eyes off and catches it, falls and still retains control of the ball, stunning effort, three men were chasing that

E Chigumbura c Raina b Ashwin 18 (6m 6b 1x4 2x6) SR: 300.00

18.5

Ashwin to Lamb, 1 run

18.6

Ashwin to Taibu, 1 run, stays back and cuts to deep point

End of over 19 (18 runs) Zimbabwe 130/5 (RR: 6.84)
T Taibu    43* (37b 2x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-48-1
GA Lamb    1* (1b)      AB Dinda    4-0-15-2

19.1

Vinay Kumar to Taibu, no run, well bowled, on the blockhole and squirted back to the bowler

19.2

Vinay Kumar to Taibu, 2 runs, full outside off and pushed to deep point, Taibu runs the first hard and puts pressure on the fielder, the throw was wide

19.3

Vinay Kumar to Taibu, 1 leg bye, swings and fails to out away a length ball, tries to shovel it over the on side but the ball hits his arm and they steal a run

19.4

Vinay Kumar to Lamb, 2 runs, driven to long-off and the throw is wide again, Taibu's running has been excellent

19.5

Vinay Kumar to Lamb, FOUR, full toss and Greg Lamb makes room and slashes at it, the ball beats backward point

19.6

Vinay Kumar to Lamb, 1 leg bye, moves across his stumps and tries to paddle it away but the ball hits his pads outside the line of off stump and rolls away, appeal but that wasn't hitting

So a definite improvement from yesterday, mainly thanks to Coventry's hitting. Taibu's running was excellent too. But Zimbabwe were too slow in the beginning and their innings had 48 dot balls - that's 8 overs of maidens. We'll see if that hurts them in the end. Join us shortly.

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End of over 20 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 140/5
GA Lamb    7* (4b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-28-0
T Taibu    45* (40b 2x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-48-1
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Zimbabwe v India at Harare - Jun 13, 2010
India won by 7 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
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India won by 6 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
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Jun 13, 2010

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Suresh Raina ends the tour with an unbeaten 72, Zimbabwe v India, 2nd Twenty20 international, Harare, June 13, 2010

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