Zimbabwe v India, 2nd ODI, Harare July 26, 2013

Dhawan, Karthik set up comfortable win

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India 294 for 8 (Dhawan 116, Karthik 69) beat Zimbabwe 236 for 9 (Sibanda 55, Utseya 52*, Unadkat 4-41) by 58 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Zimbabwe were expected to provide stiffer opposition to India if the toss went in their favour. It did, and twice, once each with ball and bat, Zimbabwe were in dominating positions. Holding on to them was something different, though, and both times, they fell apart, first against Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik, and then, via a batting collapse.

Zimbabwe's bowlers had a clear opportunity to embarrass India, who realised how difficult it was to bat first at Harare Sports Club with the 9am start. Four of their top five batsmen had fallen cheaply, but the one who hadn't, Dhawan, made Zimbabwe pay for letting him get away three times. Dhawan made his third century in 17 ODIs, and revived India in a 167-run fifth-wicket partnership with Karthik, who made only his second fifty after comeback.

Had the Zimbabwe quicks shown more control, and had their fielders caught better, India would have been in a bigger hole. Dhawan played possibly the most charmed innings of his short international career. He was caught behind off a Kyle Jarvis no-ball when on 3, dropped by the wicketkeeper off the same bowler when on 14 and handed a third life on 70 when deep square leg misjudged what should have been a straightforward catch. To his credit, Dhawan did not let anything loose go waste despite all the wickets and all the chances.

Apart from sending down numerous wides and no-balls, Zimbabwe often bowled on the pads to Dhawan, who picked up several boundaries through the leg side - pulling, whipping, nudging and lofting. Just after the costly no-ball to Dhawan, Jarvis conceded four leg-byes, and also gave the batsman overpitched deliveries outside off stump, which were driven for fours.

Dhawan was losing partners quickly, though. The same batsmen who could have hardly been bothered in the chase on Wednesday were made to struggle. The new balls swung, seamed, bounced, and skidded. Brian Vitori struck with his first ball, after having been left out in the first game. Rohit Sharma, having said just before his 100th ODI started that one needed to be careful against the new balls as an opener, chased a widish good length ball, and edged to slip.

Virat Kohli, coming off a match-winning hundred, looked largely solid before he pushed Jarvis to mid-on, departing in anger after twice asking for the third umpire to check whether the ball had carried. Ambati Rayudu was brought crashing down from his debut half-century in a painful 25-ball existence during which he was put down by the bowler Vitori and was beaten on numerous occasions. For once, Suresh Raina - who has made no secret of his desire to bat up the order - had plenty of overs, but nudged his 11th delivery down the leg side to the keeper.

At 65 for 4, Dhawan looked intent to make good use of his lives and Karthik was in superb touch. Unlike the top order, Karthik left deliveries for a while outside off and waited for the bad balls. Both Dhawan and Karthik ensured the lone spinner, Prosper Utseya, was taken for runs.

India's charge was arrested suddenly when Karthik was run out after a mix-up in the 43rd over, and Dhawan dragged an attempted sweep onto his stumps in the 44th. Zimbabwe were to pay for their slow over-rate, though. Taylor used Sean Williams' part-time spin for the last over, which was taken for 23 by Vinay Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

Zimbabwe pushed India with the bat as well early, but again, could not hold onto a strong position. And once more, it was Vusi Sibanda who threw away another start after dominating the bowlers with powerful hits. Four balls later, Brendan Taylor ran himself out. Soon, it became a flood. Williams, Hamilton Masakadza and Malcolm Waller fell to the spinners to make it 133 for 6.

Only a few overs ago, Sibanda was pulling boundaries at will as India's quick bowlers overdid the short ball on a pitch which had eased out considerably. Vinay Kumar, in particular, was targetted. Sibanda's second-wicket partnership with Masakadza was worth 64 at close to seven an over and the India bowlers were looking flat.

The situation quickly changed when Unadkat was brought back in the 21st over. Sibanda, who had reached his fifty off 57, immediately went after him, but mishit to midwicket. Panic set in with Taylor's run-out, and Zimbabwe had only themselves to blame for a big defeat, though Prosper Utseya and Elton Chigumbura reduced the margin.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 26, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    With 4 of the top 5 batsmen not performing, India still had the class to to post a winning score and win fairly comfortably. With India up 2-0 in the series, it is perhaps the opportunity to give the other members of the squad a game. With the top order coming unstuck, it would be fair to replace Raina, Rayudu with Rahane and Pujara. Mohit Sharma could come in for Vinay Kumar. Parvez Rasool can be blooded on a turner, which requires India to play 3 spinners.

  • on July 26, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Well played India on yet another ODI win. I think it is sensible to say that ANY team can struggle in swinging conditions. India have the BEST batting line up in the world at the moment. It is never easy to face 2 new balls at 9 AM in the morning any where in the world. Of course they had their share of luck, But champion teams make most use of those chances and make the opposition pay which is exactly what India have done. There was a gulf in the class between both teams. Zimbabwe can definitely take heart in the fact that they have decent bowlers who can improve in the future. Another win and India will bring home the series cup. These are the kind of conditions they will face in SA in the test series. I am sure they will be aware of that.

  • ramz30380 on July 26, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Dhawan's class is there for the whole world to see - so not really surprised that he made the most of the dropped chances........

    Happy for Karthik and Mishra - the comeback boys.....

    Kohli's faith in Unadkat - his RCB mate has paid off..... he did good.....

    The think tank though has to take a call on Suresh Raina and Vinay Kumar.... Vinay batted well today but as a bowler he has been ineffective. We all know about Raina and he need not prove anything this series to show his class..... They can be replaced by Pujara and Mohit Sharma to c how the new faces perform.

    New ball bowling is not upto the mark and its worth giving Mohit Sharma a go considering his success with the new ball in the IPL. More so, he is young and is a very good prospect for the years to come.....

  • coldcoffee123 on July 28, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    I do not see why Indian team needs Vinay Kumar. I can safely say that there are 100s of Vinay Kumars in Indian domestic teams. 27 years old, Mediocre pace, not much swing, poor batting ability. I mean, he bats at 10 and can't take wickets. India might as well drop him and play someone like Vijay Zol, Smason from U-19 team and give them international experience.

  • on July 27, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    might be worthwhile to drop rohit and take pujara in his place. drop vinay and try mohit and rest either one of raina or jadeja and try parvez rasool in that spot. if we win the third one, drop shikhar and use rahane and pujara to open. these are more like for like replacements

  • thecricketdiary on July 27, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    I think with the series 2-0 up, it's time for Pujara and Mohit Sharma to be given chances in place of Raina and Vinay Kumar. As for Rohit, I would say just keep giving him chances till the end of this series, he's learning and he knows better than anyone else what mistakes he's making, i.e. swinging at balls too wide.

    And Zimbabwe should be proud of their effort, if they had not dropped Dhawan early on and given away too many runs in the last over, they could have restricted India to 240 max, which could have definitely been chased. They are an improving team, are Zimbabwe, they may pull off a surprise soon!

  • on July 27, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    india is number 1 in world cricket they were play unbleiveble cricket and in miss MSDHONI.

  • on July 27, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    ples drob tht rohit...nd brng pujara ....unadkat looks lik a good replacement fr ishant in odi's..unadkat's angle nd varations r difficult to hit.....evn was good in ipl..nd raina ples don't promote urself we need u in d endng overs....all people who r critisizing him to get dropped...guyzz if he gets dropped thn india will be in prblems..also brng mohith sharma...................

  • NKRISHNA on July 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    True fact as Dhawan himself said that he was fortunate to be dropped on three occasions, Else even Imagining India get past 200 could have been a dream.

  • usernames on July 27, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    It would be absolute nonsense to drop *Raina* to give a chance to Pujara. It would be tantamount to not giving Pujara a chance at all. Pujara needs to be in your top 3 because that's where he belongs. Right now, in ODIs, those three are crucial positions, too. We've somehow been made to understand that Rohit is performing well as an opener. I say it's time to drop him from the ODI team forever. He does NOT perform. He's the Ishant Sharma of batting. Just keeps his place somehow, and makes ~25 runs sometimes.

    We should just go with Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Unadkat, Shami/Mohit as a first XI for us. It's *very* strong. You can swap Gambhir with Tiwary or Rayudu and push Pujara to open, Kohli at #3 and Tiwary/Rayudu at #4 if you don't want Gambhir. However, Gambhir was our second best batsman in ODIs for a long time. Tests, somehow, were a different story, but he should be able to find a place in ODIs.

  • on July 26, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    With 4 of the top 5 batsmen not performing, India still had the class to to post a winning score and win fairly comfortably. With India up 2-0 in the series, it is perhaps the opportunity to give the other members of the squad a game. With the top order coming unstuck, it would be fair to replace Raina, Rayudu with Rahane and Pujara. Mohit Sharma could come in for Vinay Kumar. Parvez Rasool can be blooded on a turner, which requires India to play 3 spinners.

  • on July 26, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Well played India on yet another ODI win. I think it is sensible to say that ANY team can struggle in swinging conditions. India have the BEST batting line up in the world at the moment. It is never easy to face 2 new balls at 9 AM in the morning any where in the world. Of course they had their share of luck, But champion teams make most use of those chances and make the opposition pay which is exactly what India have done. There was a gulf in the class between both teams. Zimbabwe can definitely take heart in the fact that they have decent bowlers who can improve in the future. Another win and India will bring home the series cup. These are the kind of conditions they will face in SA in the test series. I am sure they will be aware of that.

  • ramz30380 on July 26, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Dhawan's class is there for the whole world to see - so not really surprised that he made the most of the dropped chances........

    Happy for Karthik and Mishra - the comeback boys.....

    Kohli's faith in Unadkat - his RCB mate has paid off..... he did good.....

    The think tank though has to take a call on Suresh Raina and Vinay Kumar.... Vinay batted well today but as a bowler he has been ineffective. We all know about Raina and he need not prove anything this series to show his class..... They can be replaced by Pujara and Mohit Sharma to c how the new faces perform.

    New ball bowling is not upto the mark and its worth giving Mohit Sharma a go considering his success with the new ball in the IPL. More so, he is young and is a very good prospect for the years to come.....

  • coldcoffee123 on July 28, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    I do not see why Indian team needs Vinay Kumar. I can safely say that there are 100s of Vinay Kumars in Indian domestic teams. 27 years old, Mediocre pace, not much swing, poor batting ability. I mean, he bats at 10 and can't take wickets. India might as well drop him and play someone like Vijay Zol, Smason from U-19 team and give them international experience.

  • on July 27, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    might be worthwhile to drop rohit and take pujara in his place. drop vinay and try mohit and rest either one of raina or jadeja and try parvez rasool in that spot. if we win the third one, drop shikhar and use rahane and pujara to open. these are more like for like replacements

  • thecricketdiary on July 27, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    I think with the series 2-0 up, it's time for Pujara and Mohit Sharma to be given chances in place of Raina and Vinay Kumar. As for Rohit, I would say just keep giving him chances till the end of this series, he's learning and he knows better than anyone else what mistakes he's making, i.e. swinging at balls too wide.

    And Zimbabwe should be proud of their effort, if they had not dropped Dhawan early on and given away too many runs in the last over, they could have restricted India to 240 max, which could have definitely been chased. They are an improving team, are Zimbabwe, they may pull off a surprise soon!

  • on July 27, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    india is number 1 in world cricket they were play unbleiveble cricket and in miss MSDHONI.

  • on July 27, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    ples drob tht rohit...nd brng pujara ....unadkat looks lik a good replacement fr ishant in odi's..unadkat's angle nd varations r difficult to hit.....evn was good in ipl..nd raina ples don't promote urself we need u in d endng overs....all people who r critisizing him to get dropped...guyzz if he gets dropped thn india will be in prblems..also brng mohith sharma...................

  • NKRISHNA on July 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    True fact as Dhawan himself said that he was fortunate to be dropped on three occasions, Else even Imagining India get past 200 could have been a dream.

  • usernames on July 27, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    It would be absolute nonsense to drop *Raina* to give a chance to Pujara. It would be tantamount to not giving Pujara a chance at all. Pujara needs to be in your top 3 because that's where he belongs. Right now, in ODIs, those three are crucial positions, too. We've somehow been made to understand that Rohit is performing well as an opener. I say it's time to drop him from the ODI team forever. He does NOT perform. He's the Ishant Sharma of batting. Just keeps his place somehow, and makes ~25 runs sometimes.

    We should just go with Gambhir, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Unadkat, Shami/Mohit as a first XI for us. It's *very* strong. You can swap Gambhir with Tiwary or Rayudu and push Pujara to open, Kohli at #3 and Tiwary/Rayudu at #4 if you don't want Gambhir. However, Gambhir was our second best batsman in ODIs for a long time. Tests, somehow, were a different story, but he should be able to find a place in ODIs.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 27, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    It is the time to replace Vinay and Shami with Mohit and Rasool. 2 Pace bowlers will be enough in ZIM pitches.

  • Alexk400 on July 27, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    People people let me tell you interesting truth. Every one have highs and lows. Dawan is OX in chinese astrology and they are having good time last 1 year. Soon bad thing start to happen..he was no body before ..will be no body later..nothing to with his personal ability. Its all about luck. That said i like his new approach of being aggressive...when you are aggressive luck favors. But i like DK because he plays too many pure shot , its like hitting perfect 7 iron or hitting driver in sweet spot. Dk problem is always been he gets out wrong time. He has to be selfish more. He is too unselfish thats what his downfall. you can not be nice with every one. No need to show off your skills every time..Need to be aggressive in singles. Because opposite side is better. No need to invent shot every time DK. Make centuries or another young guy will take ur spot soon.

  • vsroc on July 27, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman(July 27,2013) It is a good consecutive victory for India wherein Shikar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik came to our rescue after a disastrous start against Zimbabwe.May be other players must be given chance in the remaining matches so that they will also be exposed in the international circuit and gain experience.

  • on July 27, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    is raina in the team. I haven't seen him standing for at least an over

  • deb78 on July 27, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I don't know how you guys are even thinking of dropping Raina. He is India's second best player ever in the lower middle order after Dhoni. He is vital to the team's chances in WC 2015 with the package he brings to the table. Well for his position the player who should have been tried out is Abhisek Nayar or Stuart Binny but they have not been selected unfortunately. Rayadu deserves more chances.Pujara was never an opener and should never open..he needs to bat @ 3. Rahane can be tried out by resting Rohit for couple of matches.But the worry is thr bowling and we certainly need more penetration.Amit Mishra has done fine but more than steady pace bowlers we need bowlers with more skills and that does not mean we need bowlers who can just bowl quick..i mean we donot need a Shoiab Akhtar but we need a bowler who is a genuine wickettaker... a Junaid Khan or Ajmal will do .

  • salil247 on July 27, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    @MunafAhmed811- Nobody's saying that it's the batter's fault if the fielders drop catches. It is the batter's fault to GIVE those catches to them fielders. And that's OK. In a long stay at the crease, chances of getting lucky will increase. It's just that we're talking about MOM here. Dhawan was far from being flawless. "99% of great innings of 100+ runs, are courtesy of a lucky chance given": 99%? A lucky chance given? He got 3 chances.

  • on July 27, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Mohit Sharma SHOULD be tried in place of Vinay. If he clicks in overseas condtions, I see the following possibility for the regular Indian team.

    I see Bhuvanesh & Mohit open the bowling; and Unadkat first change!

    We are pushing the problems of the opening batsmen under the carpet, since this pair got runs on the board. Can we freeze this comb? No!. Rohit is not the ideal opener. In his place we should try out Pujara. Dhawan seems to have acquired some of the recklessness from his Delhi senior Sehwag. Unless he manages to control that, he will create the same problems as Sehwag. We have to try out a couple of new opening batsmen; and I can't think f a better occasion than this series.

  • Mass_Hypnosis on July 26, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Good selection overall apart from Vinay Kumar. India Dont need three spinners right now :) amit mishra and R jadeja is doing brilliant.

    Even afridi sometime bowls much faster than this guy - Vinay :p

    Aswhin should be dropped parmanently from Test and ODI squad. Amit mishra is by far a wicket taking bowler in any condition. Ashwin is rather a run containing bowler. Not a genuine wicket taker.

  • gtr800 on July 26, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Over the course of the remaining matches I think Pujara, Rahane, Mohit Sharma should come in for some batsmen & Vinay. The problem for the selectors is that they would like Raina & Kartik to be in good form. Kartik plays fast bowling pretty well, Raina is just a great middle order bat. On quite a few occasions Kartik has made pretty good partnerships to reconsolidate India's position- so he's neccessary cog in the Indian team. But he only seems to be performing when most people are failing. Really needs a century here to make to cement his place. I hate his wicketkeeping - although used to be quite athletic- maybe he hasn't practiced as hard because he's got in as a batsmen when dhoni's around. I like Raina but he's very close to being dropped, he needs to put in a few performances this series. His performance out of India hasn't been great.

  • kc69 on July 26, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Technically speaking Suresh Raina has also played continuously like Dhoni or Ashwin since a long time(only difference is performance) so resting him for a couple of ODI shouldn't be a bad idea and giving chance to Pervez Rasool instead would help India's future(even though Raina's fielding cannot be replaced),However Rohit Sharma should be dropped and Pujara deserves a chance as a ODI opener for next ODI's. Hope to see some fresh young players in next match.

  • Sunil_Canada on July 26, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    There is no better opportunity than this series to give ODI cap to Pujara, Sharma (Mohit) & Rasool and to play Rahane too. Kohli may be trying to ensure a 3-0 lead before changing the team and that's probably ok (remeber in last series Raina took it easy & lost). But I believe there is no need to wait till the last 2 matches to replace Kumar (Vinay) with Sharma (Mohit) and Rayudu with Pujara. I sincerely hope all 4 currently on the bench get a couple of games in this series. I am not asking India to volunteer to lose but I believe the objective of the tour was to give opporunity to the new talents. It's better to have a 3-2 or 4-1 result with all 15 getting exposure than to have a 5-0 result with only 11 getting exposure. Although I believe any 11 of the 15 should win anyway, if they play to their potential. Give exposure to everyone and go for a 5-0 win.

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    wake up people can't compare pujara and Raina, both play a different role. Can Raina be a decent number 3 in both test and odi's? No Can Pujara be a decent finisher in odi's? No. We need both Yuvi and Raina firing to have any chance in next WC15. When middle order is put under pressure by better teams only toughs can stand that. Thankfully Dhoni does not thinks like you guys and he will pick these guys. If one of our openers gets injured then pujara can come in to play a role like trott otherwise its hard to find a spot for him. and plz plz plz send vinay home pujara in and varun aron for next series tired of seeing this 120 speed guy who can't even swing the ball

  • Cricfever_PM on July 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Good Win for India!! Time to use Bench strength, Still i don't understand why are you selecting Pujara and keeping him in bench!! He should be in team and Axe Rohit and make Pujara as opener!!! He has better List A Avg and strike rate than another players in current Indian team but don't know what (who) stopping him getting ODI cap!!

  • Iceman29 on July 26, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Al_Bundy1: Agree with you mate...Razool and Mohit should be given chances..and especially Pujara...Pujara is way better than Raina

  • Iceman29 on July 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Unankadt is bowling well and got some pace he could be the repacement for Ishant or Yadhav...Raina should be kicked out of this team...i mean seriously look at his wicket...he is playing similar shots in every match and getting out in crucial times...Pujara should definitely occupy his place and for God's sake remove that club level bowler vinay kumar from the team...rest of the batting and bowling looks settled in

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    I don't understand how come they give Dhawan the Mom award, with all due respect to him, I am a big fan of him and I am so happy that he replaced Gambhir permanently, but he got three lives , it would be better to give the award to unadkat..it would have been a serious boost to him.or may be to DK

  • MunafAhmed811 on July 26, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Some people are trying to take away credit from Dhawan saying he was lucky Zimbabwe dropped catches. Ever since cricket has been played almost every big score or 99% of great innings of 100+ runs, are courtesy of a lucky chance given. What matters is make the lucky chance count and score big and that is what Dhawan did. These people who speak of chances given to batsmen forget its not batters fault that fielders drop catches. Chance-less innings make up maybe 2% of all big scores thats all.

  • Srini_Indian on July 26, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Good win for India. 294 is always going to be a great score on any track let alone this damp, seaming track in morning. I was really happy for Dhawan and Karthik who have steadied the ship after the early blows. Zimbabwe are definitely not push-overs and they fought better than some teams like SL who gets thrashed again and again without any fight.

  • GrindAR on July 26, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Unadkat has good technique. Need a fine-tune to be consistent with bigger opposition. He will toild Eng players better.

    A very good show by Zimbabwe. Taylor's was a bad one. Think about it. If he held his nerve, it would've been a tougher contest. Regardless, they should get to the position to avoid mini collapses, especially at critical moments. This is important for them to be competitive team in Tests. I can relate WI with ZIM. They play the game with passion and heart soaked in the pool call cricket.I wish they address very small issues, good enough to be a force in Cricket.

    I would like them to fight with nerves held in the next one. The scorecard says, they had 4 significant scores vs India's 2. The macro collapse at the top order pegged their momentum, otherwise evenly contested match.

  • gtr800 on July 26, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Wow, Dhawan was very lucky there. But I guess you expect that from a team like Zimbabwe. This wicket is really strange, it seems whoever bowls first has a massive advantage. I guess India should opt to bat first - atleast then the series will be exciting & there players will get more practice of whats to come in South Africa.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 26, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Try the youngsters!! Don't let them just warm the benches. Try Mohit Sharma instead of "always a rookie" Vinay Kumar and Rasool instead of another "always a rookie" Raina. If Kohli gets banned for a game or 2 for dissenting with the umpires, Pujara can take his place as player and captain.

  • ball_boy on July 26, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    DK actions prove ricky ponting to be right,this guy truly is a team man,whatever mistakes he will be there for the team,if you watch carefully in later events too he does have the right attitude,i only ask the selectors to give him a free rein for at least another six months true that rohit has class but ingame of cricket it also has to do a lot with mentality a proof of that is the aussie team of old-phil hughes has technique said to great at start of career however is inconsistent simillar to rohit-plus you have world cup another 18 months away stick with the lot even if it is rohit. Besides has anyone noticed Jadeja's rhythm while bowling is different from the one in champions trophy here it feels like he is rushing into the delivery.I guess dhoni has to be there to slow him down

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 26, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Dhawan, first time tested by a good pitch after returning to internationals. I donot know whether he succeeded or not, bcz of he got so many lives but clearly struggled, which are edges in swinging condition, that is notable one and main concern. But one thing sure, it is too early to talk about his success after seeing this match. He need to be tested more in this kind of pitches. I hope he will learn and adapt, and serve for indian cricket for some years. Otherwise he could remember as seasonal cricketter like rohit, karthik.

  • on July 26, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Dhawan showed real guts as opener. Seems really tough chance for Shewag now. DK's class will always gonna be handy for India. He didn't get opportunity as he had been tried odd positions like no.6 where he actually dont belong to, just like Rohit in opening slot. Just inter change of these two may work better for team. Time to bring Mohit in place of Vinay in 3rd odi. Rasool has to wait for his chance as Kohli may not prefer to take any chance till series is sealed in favour of India. Kohli's emotions shows his passion towards game and more particularly keenness to lead from front. Good to have someone like Kohli in second line of captaincy although he has to go long way to get matured as good as Dhoni.

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Congrats India and bravo Dhawan and Karthik.

  • Vinod_Villager on July 26, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    As the whole celebrated Vijay Diwas back home, team India continued its streak of 'Vijays' in the South African nation. Well Dhawan once again proved that he is there to stay and he was ably supported by Dinesh Karthik who for now has cemented his place in the team. Its good to see that after a near middle order faiure there are batsmen in the team who can come at number six and hold the innings and Karthik did just that. For bowling Unadkat bowled nicely but I am yet to see demolition of Zimbabwe batting and indian bowlers bundling out them inside 50 overs. For Zimbabwe they could take home a lot of positives, almost every batsmen scored runs except for there captain Taylor who unfortunately got run out. This confidence could help them to upset India in one of the coming matches.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 26, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Wiiliams OUT - Maruma IN; Waller OUT - Matsikenyeri IN; Taylor OUT - Mutumbami IN; Jarvis OUT - Shingi IN; Coach Waller OUT - Mangongo IN.

    Captain Vusi Sibanda!

  • arifzakaria811gmail.com on July 26, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Excellent win by Indian rookies ( The rookie batting lineup can probably be the 4 th - 5th best in world). A great fightback and excelent never say die spirit was on display. This Zimbabwe team is on par with WI team of today and when a professional team struggled to beat WI while rookie Indian have already made it 2-0. Kudos

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Kholi is slowly but surely getting in to the shoes of MSD in marshaling the young talents! Kudos to him and his team for the 2nd win in a row!! Well, nothing short of a white wash will do for for India and going ahead I wish the Team India every SUCCESS!!!

  • Nampally on July 26, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Once again the Indian opening bowlers were very ineffective over- using the short pitched ball. Yadev & Ishant did this in earlier ODI's & Vinay & Shami are repeating the same error. I expected Mohit Sharma to replace Vinay in this ODI. But Kohli seems to prefer his IPL team mate. Unadkat was the only seamer who had fuller length & attacked the stumps with good results. Mishra & Jadeja bowled well to restrict the runs. It is clear India needs new set of seamers to replace both Vinay & Shami. I would be inclined to go with Rasool & Mohit replacing these 2 seamers to give India 3 spinners + 2 seamers option. As for the Indian batting Dhawan came back strongly with a fine century & was ably supported by Karthik. Rest of the batting - Rohit, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina & Jadeja failed badly. Dhawan had to be both a sheet anchor & a fast scorer with 93 S/R. Is it worth benching Pujara, when the middle order is so fragile? Pujara, Kohli & Rayudu provide the best middle order with Dhawan at the top.

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Congratulations Team India. Although there was heart failing batting colapse in the order except Shikhar Dhawan. 100% credit to Dhawan and Karthik. Otherwise there would have been a shame for India today. However, overall performance is positive. Keep it up giving chances to the reserve bench players.

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    1. Unadkat should be in the regular team. This improved version of Unadkat would complement Bhuvnesh very well. He is certainly better than Umesh & Ishant.

    2. It is time, India tries out Pujara as an opener in place of Rohit. Rohit maybe a good batsman, but certainly not an opener for shorter versions of the game.

    3. If there is an award for self confidence, it should go to Vinay Kumar. While bowling, he thinks that he is Dale Steyn; and while batting - Sachin Tendulkar

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Dhawan the hero again. Sir D with be one of the best batsman ever with his techniques and talents. Well done India. Now whitewash h the series and bring home the glory.

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 26, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Its about time we dropped the likes of Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma for good. They have had plenty of chances. We should try promising young bowlers like Mohit Sharma, Sid Kaul, etc. Parvez Rasool deserves a game instead of Raina or Jadeja. Also, let Pujara play a game or 2. Wasn't this series meant to test our bench strength ??

  • LaxmanJ on July 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    It's not a bad decision to keep Pujara out for Rayudu.Pujara has himself shown as an established player so far and now chances should be given to emerging players like Rayudu and others to showcase themselves in the International arena.This will help India to have a backup for almost any format.Good to see India emerging as toughest competitor in all the formats of the game.

  • LaxmanJ on July 26, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Dhawan may have been given more chances today, but the class with he played in Champions trophy shows that he has much in him to show and to prove himself as one of the best openers of Indian team.Way to go Dhawan...

  • on July 26, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Impossible to believe that Rayadu is keeping Pujara out. For that matter, Karthik can move to 4, and Pujara can open with Dhawan with Kohli at 3. Karthik and Rohit should become test no 5 and 6, with Kohli at 4. Rohit is misplaced in ODIs, he will better as a test batsman at 6 with Dhoni at 7 and Jadeja at 8 (for green SAf pitches Ashwin to be dropped from the XI, and SRT to retire or be retired (with a threatened drop) beforehand for tests.

  • on July 26, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @Blade-Runner..my comments are not just based on today's match. Even in the champions trophy he proved that he got enough talent. And you need a bit of luck as well.

  • on July 26, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I think its brilliant to see the sense of captaincy from virat. awesome

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on July 26, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Today's Match shows the Gulf between form and Class. Rayudu is nowhere near DK . In all these tough conditions DK stands out . It is all due to the class he possesses. If only, he has the temperament to score big consistently.

  • vsuria on July 26, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I can't understand this. So people would rather have a 'cool' captain who does not score as many runs as Kohli and have the team lose than have a captain who is hungry for success and has a good record in captaining the Indian side to wins so far? Very irrational. please post cricinfo

  • Rajeshj on July 26, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Dhawan's innings sheds more light on his technical shortcomings just like the dismissals of Rohit in last few matches.. It appears both are riding their luck in their appearances so far and its too early to call them as long-term openers ...

  • 30-30-150 on July 26, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @Haleos - Where were you when he scored 63* in the first game?

  • Blade-Runner on July 26, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @Sangeeth Nair ; Its really strange how you guys are praising Dhawan. That century includes 90% luck and 10 % talent. He gave two SOLID chances. ZIM were very unlucky not to hold on to those chances. I thought it was the most undeserving century of the decade as he gave so many chances n it was against a weaker opposition too. I thought Karthik played a better innings with out the help of luck factor.

  • on July 26, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Shikar has made good use of the lives given to him .....

  • on July 26, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    shikar Dhavan got the dedication to stay more time in the wicket.. if he becomes aggressive , he can score more runs..

  • NareshPodi on July 26, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Many people comment on the hunger for runs and success as a rash behavior. How can Pujara or Rohit can be captains without playing well? Being cool is not the only ingredient we need. Pujara will play even slower than Rohit and Misbah. I bet these two can't be as India's captains. Kohli is very talented and well deserved to be as India's captain. Without being cool you can't hit 15 hundreds(Mostly in chasing). The players who hit 15 hundreds made took more than 1 or 2 decades. Kohli is improving a lot. He is too young and also he is the same when he brought U-19 world cup.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 26, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @ Bokesh @ Shujaat Afzal. This is not 'best' batting line up in the world. It is just 2nd or 3rd 11 only. Don't be ignorant. But still manages to reach 294. Inshalla India will win.

  • AltafPatel on July 26, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    amazed Williems given last over, not Vittory !

  • on July 26, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    what a good performance from Shikar Dhawan. He is not an ideal replacement for Sehwag. But what i like about him is the temperament that he shows to stay at the crease which was not there for sehwag. He gives good start for the team, but throw away his wicket when team needed him to play a bug innings.

  • on July 26, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    its good to see that everyone is backing each other. when top order fell middle order rose to the occasion, go India. ..

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 26, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    everytime kohli shows his anger i thought he would learn as he gets older or responsibility, but nothing he learned. Definitely it will have impact in his carrier and captiancy. Even d karthik could not play the kind of innings vinay had played.

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman (July 26,2013) Let us hope for the best to happen even after losing four early wickets.

  • Bokesh on July 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    good lord is vinay kumar in??? In that case India would have to put at least 250 plus to beat Zim,else, it would be difficult to defend any meager total with such club class seaming attack.

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on July 26, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Kohli being a spoilt brat once again. Something's never change it seems. I'm actually hoping that Pujara and not Kohli becomes the next captain of India after Dhoni.

  • Bokesh on July 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    If likes of Vitori & co.is making the best batting line up run for their lives(runs) I wonder how they are going to play in SA.

  • Bokesh on July 26, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    wow!!! seems to be Shikhar has gone through my comments during previous match.

  • mzamost on July 26, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    i think if india can post anything below 250 then zim can chase that down easily.....but i have to admit that zim seamers have done well only disappointed by the fielding

  • on July 26, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I've noticed Kohli only behaves well when he plays well. If he wants to be a successful captain, he needs to behave maturely, whatever the situation is.

  • Bokesh on July 26, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Seems to be a good bowling performance by Zim. This is how the strips behave there and with coin falling in their favor, they have utilized their chances very well.

  • on July 26, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Dhawan needs to convert his 50 into a century as India are using a club-level pacer in the form of Vinay Kumar. I wouldn't be surprised if the world number 10 team beats the world number one.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 26, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Why does Uthappa not even get look in ? and don't say age or he's past it as he's younger than "the new" Raydu who is not even half the player he is . . .

  • on July 26, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    70 -19 Extras 51/4 plus drop chances against Zimbabwe attack. Lol...Best batting line up in the world.

  • keshabraj on July 26, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I put my pin on Dhawan and Jadeja !! but anyone who turn the game will be highlight of this match..

  • keshabraj on July 26, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    its a grate start by Zimbabwe, Look like game going to be interesting.. would like to see all of them batting Indian player batting..

  • KaRaN_24 on July 26, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Anything below 240-230 from India, I dont see Indian bowlers defending them !!!

  • Haleos on July 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    There you go. Rayudu proves why he has not got chances. What is with the cricketers lately of playing out dot ball after dot ball. What happened to the old proven logic of rotating the strike. Misbah, Samuals are the masters of the dot ball art. Looks like Rayudu wants to join them. Pujara any day over Rayudu who is just fit for IPL.

  • Mr-ZimCricket on July 26, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    These are very good learning days for Zim and it works well towards the confidence and experience for Zim cricket. At least India Brought in some of their good players and rested others but its still a strong side and if zim manage to level the series with this game, then it will become exciting towards the last games in Bulawayo. Captain Brendon, we need a Big ton today buddie and a Five-for from Vitori!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 26, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Javis is costly he needs to be replaced

  • tupee on July 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Javis is not that bad but his selection ahead of vitori or even Chatara is just suspect this fellow leaks a lot of them runs and to add insult to injury Talyor just keeps him in the attack. Something is just not right.

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Come on Zim, let's make this an exciting series and take it to the wire!!

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I think umpire was feeling cold so he had done some exercise in giving kohli out ! Get some coffee .. 3rd umpire

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    "Shamefull behaviour by Kohli....Yes offcouse he is a good batsman,but how can you behave in that pathetic manner knowing this you are a skipper also.....It seems he has forgot all the sportman spirit!"....Showing your protest against the decison is good but arguing with the Umpire even wehn he raised his fingers look so cruel...He is not bigger then the game,his cosmetic facial expressions after winning even look more worse!"..........

  • tupee on July 26, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    The is something wrong with the Zim selectors why didn't this Vitori guy from the first game. The same mistake was done in the last series with Bangladesh

  • .......junk on July 26, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    gambhir is a better opener than rohit , even when gambhir is in bad form ..if you dont trust me jus for few games with rohit opening the innings and then you will also agree..

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    india batting first No worries, india will score above 250 and will win

    best of luck India

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    india batting first No worries, india will score above 250 and will win

    best of luck India

  • .......junk on July 26, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    gambhir is a better opener than rohit , even when gambhir is in bad form ..if you dont trust me jus for few games with rohit opening the innings and then you will also agree..

  • tupee on July 26, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    The is something wrong with the Zim selectors why didn't this Vitori guy from the first game. The same mistake was done in the last series with Bangladesh

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    "Shamefull behaviour by Kohli....Yes offcouse he is a good batsman,but how can you behave in that pathetic manner knowing this you are a skipper also.....It seems he has forgot all the sportman spirit!"....Showing your protest against the decison is good but arguing with the Umpire even wehn he raised his fingers look so cruel...He is not bigger then the game,his cosmetic facial expressions after winning even look more worse!"..........

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I think umpire was feeling cold so he had done some exercise in giving kohli out ! Get some coffee .. 3rd umpire

  • on July 26, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Come on Zim, let's make this an exciting series and take it to the wire!!

  • tupee on July 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Javis is not that bad but his selection ahead of vitori or even Chatara is just suspect this fellow leaks a lot of them runs and to add insult to injury Talyor just keeps him in the attack. Something is just not right.

  • on July 26, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Javis is costly he needs to be replaced

  • Mr-ZimCricket on July 26, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    These are very good learning days for Zim and it works well towards the confidence and experience for Zim cricket. At least India Brought in some of their good players and rested others but its still a strong side and if zim manage to level the series with this game, then it will become exciting towards the last games in Bulawayo. Captain Brendon, we need a Big ton today buddie and a Five-for from Vitori!!!!!!!!!

  • Haleos on July 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    There you go. Rayudu proves why he has not got chances. What is with the cricketers lately of playing out dot ball after dot ball. What happened to the old proven logic of rotating the strike. Misbah, Samuals are the masters of the dot ball art. Looks like Rayudu wants to join them. Pujara any day over Rayudu who is just fit for IPL.