Zimbabwe v India, 3rd ODI, Harare July 28, 2013

Mishra's googly bamboozles Zimbabwe

Plays of the Day from the third ODI between Zimbabwe and India in Harare

The catch

In the second match, Virat Kohli stood his ground after chipping a low catch to Malcolm Waller at mid-on. Though Waller claimed the catch, it took a second look from the television umpire to send Kohli on his way. Today, Kohli's opposite number Brendan Taylor was the one to stand his ground. Taylor had attempted to clear mid-off with a lofted drive, but toe-ended the shot to present Mohammad Shami with a tough chance. The fielder managed to get a couple of fingers underneath the ball just above the turf, but Taylor stayed at the wicket until several replays, from multiple angles, confirmed his dismissal.

The shot

Zimbabwe's No. 9 Tendai Chatara had batted twice in ODIs before this match, without ever scoring a run. Today, he was off the mark with four of them, thanks to an overthrow, and played the shot of the innings in the 40th over when he hooked an attempted bouncer from Vinay Kumar over deep square leg for six to give the home side's supporters something to cheer about.

The googly

Amit Mishra has taken nine wickets in three matches so far, and six of them have come via the googly. Brendan Taylor has suggested that his team-mates can pick the variation, though some apparently pick it better than others. Waller has fallen twice to the delivery, and today he was nipped out first ball by one that spun back in past his poking bat to strike his pads in front of middle stump. His dismissal left Mishra on a hat-trick, but for the second time in two matches an Indian bowler was denied that milestone.

The debutant

Zimbabwe never had much chance of defending 183 on a benign surface, but debutant Michael Chinouya didn't look like he was going to let a heavy defeat completely ruin his first day of international cricket. Chinouya was given some consolation with the wicket of Rohit Sharma, caught behind, as his first and after the edge was pouched, he set off on a John Cena-inspired celebratory run, waving four fingers in front of his face as he was mobbed by his team-mates.

The white flag

The match ended in a flurry of boundaries, particularly off the bat of Virat Kohli, but it was Suresh Raina who hit the winning runs for India. Kohli had levelled the scores with a single to square leg off Tendai Chatara, who then offered Raina the friendliest of leg-stump half-volleys. If anything, Brian Vitori's fielding effort at fine leg was even friendlier. He raised the white flag by trotting half-heartedly after the ball and escorting it to the boundary without a thought of a dive. The ball trickled over the rope, and with that the series was India's.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • GOPI on July 29, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai: I am a big fan of Ashwin and always wanted to see him in the team India. But if you compare the List A and Twenty20 matches played by them Mishra is having upper hand in both average and strike rate. But Ashwin has already proved him self in all the formats at higher level and definitely a better attacking bowler than Mishra. I feel Leg spinner can take wickets in any pitches, the perfect example is Warne did for Australia for many years. It is difficult to read leg spinners Googly than Doosra or Carom ball.

  • Srinivasan on July 29, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @gopivissu: The problem with Mishra or generally wrist spinners is their accuracy. I agree that Ashwin tries to experiment too often but I don't agree that Mishra is more accurate than Ashwin. In green pitches, which we might get in SA, the spinner's role is to contain and play a holding up job. Wrist spinners are not generally good in that.

  • Naresh on July 29, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @davis - good thoughts there. Some guys need a break and make use of the bench We will still be competitive. @gopivissu Ya we saw(Mishra) that even in the IPL, his victims are mainly clean bowls. Sometimes its so pleasing to watch his victims.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Maybe in the next match, Kohli can take a bit of breather by dropping himself for the 4th match, and have Pujara take up that position. Likewise Rahane can take up the opening slot of Rohit Sharma. Vinay Kumar can be swapped with Mohit Sharma.Rasool can replace Raina orJadeja, so as to not drop Mishra and giving the Unadkat and Shami a longer run. Kohli and Jadeja could do with a break. If anything, and Raina is replaced along with Kohli, I think Pujara is a good captain.

  • GOPI on July 28, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    And in bowling Ashwin is doing good in both limited overs and test cricket. But some times he is experimenting more rather than concentrating on the game. He developed carom ball very well than anybody but he should focus on his off spin. For number 8 there is a heavy competition between Ashwin, Rassol and Mishra. But as Ashwin is leaving so far he is getting chances. If he plays in Indian soil he is good but outside India the players like Rassol and Mishra can play bigger role as spinner. Mishra has improved a lot and he is improvised his googly and is his best weapon. He is a dangerous man when bowls googly. He bowls bit slow but he makes enough confusion in batsmens mind whether to play or to leave it. for me he is a match winner in both tests and ODI's. He really bowled in IPL6 as well for sun risers with low economy. He is an accurate bowler than Ashwin. But got very few chacnes in the shadow of Harbhajan and Ashwin.

  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    As a captain Kohli should be cool and Dhoni is the best guide for holding the things. Rohit is not needed as an openor and I feel Pujara is the right person for that place. Rohit is a test material and he should focus on his shot selection and takes a lot time to settle down. Dhawan should open with Pujara and I think this is the best pair for WC2015. And Rahane/Dhawan/Pujara should be rotated till WC2015. And in middle order Kohli is doing extreamly well at 3. But at 4 Rayudu is the best man ahead of Raina/DK. And at 5 I prefer Jadeja as he is going to play key role in WC2015. he should get as many as chances at 5. Number 6 is best for player like Kedar Jadhav who is having domestic average of 52 in list A games. I prefer Jadhav/Rahane at 6. And at 7 non other than dhoni.