Zimbabwe v India, 4th ODI, Bulawayo August 1, 2013

Masakadza's brain freeze

Plays of the Day from the fourth ODI between Zimbabwe and India in Bulawayo

The disappointment

Brendan Taylor has struggled for runs in recent times but it appeared his best chance to turn things around might come at the Queens Sports Club. Taylor has an excellent record at the ground, and despite the loss of the toss he'd have known that the pitch usually settles down after the first hour. Alas, fortune wasn't with him. The ninth ball he faced was delivered by Ravindra Jadeja from round the wicket, landing on middle and spearing past Taylor's bat to strike his pad. The umpire upheld the lbw appeal, though the ball would almost definitely have missed leg stump, and a disconsolate Taylor could barely bring himself to leave the crease.

The brain freeze

While Taylor's dismissal was unlucky, Hamilton Masakadza has nobody but himself to blame for his downfall. He had settled in despite the movement on offer for India's quicks, crunching a front-foot pull into the trees beyond square leg for his first boundary. Inexplicably, he then chose to take on Jadeja's arm with a tip-and-run single to point, and for the second time in two games Jadeja's electric fielding brought reward. Masakadza's daft running did, at least, spare him the ignominy of falling once again to Amit Mishra, who had claimed his wicket in all three of the matches in Harare.

The drop

Virat Kohli doesn't put many down in the field, but he managed to shell one off Jadeja in the midst of Zimbabwe's meltdown. No. 10 Brian Vitori was given a life, and he celebrated by swatting the very next ball for six over square leg. There was to be no lower-order resistance from Zimbabwe this time, however, and Amit Mishra wrapped up the innings in the next over.

The blow

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina were barely challenged by Zimbabwe's bowlers in the midst of their 122-run partnership. The closest anyone came to separating them was in the 25th over, when Rohit charged down to Prosper Utseya and slammed a powerful drive almost straight at Raina. The ball struck him a stinging blow on the left wrist, and though he was able to complete, a single he required some bandaging on the injured limb in order to continue his innings.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • Ashok on August 2, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Indeed, what a blow it was! What opposition could not do, a fellow countryman did by accident. Hopefully Raina has not suffered a broken wrist because he will be needed in the SA tour by India A squad. Surely, the best & most decisive play of the day was fine attacking swing bowling by Mohit Sharma, making his debut. His figure of 2 for 28 in 10 overs speak volumes of the capability of this young debutant. It also reduced the Zimbabwe total to just 144 on a fine batting strip. India may have booked another pace bowlers' spot for the SA tour later this year thru' Mohit Sharma.

  • sachit on August 2, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Deepie - this is the problem with ICC When they decide to change the rules of cricket to allow 25 players to play in one ODI match, Parveez Rasool, Mahmood Ahmedinjad, Renly Baratheon , Rob Stark etc will all get an ODI Cap.

  • Owais on August 1, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @Deepie Why You People Can't Be Satisfied And Be Happy.... If He IS Destined to Don Indian Jersey(Pervez Rasool) He Will Surely get His Chance.Till Then EnJOY Da Winning Moment#Be Happy

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Not sure why they select all these new guys and dont give them a game. Why is Raina and Jadeja in the playing 11 after the series was won? Parvez Rasool should play in place of Jadeja in the next game.

  • Deeptanshu on August 1, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    India did well to select young and talented Mohit Sharma after his outstanding performances in first class cricket and the IPL 6 season for the Chennai Super Kings. Wonder when Parveez Rasool will get an ODI cap?

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