India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 24, 2013
India won by 6 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Played at Harare Sports Club
24 July 2013 (50-over match)

9.00 am Just a reminder folks that India won the toss and elected to bowl on a green, dry pitch. Hamilton Masakdaza and Vusi Sibanda will open for Zimbabwe. Yet to find out who will take the new ball for India.

Himanshu: "I think 220 should be a par score at this wicket...Harare is a 220-230 pitch"

Vishal Chauhan: "Today's newspaper headlines read "India up against modest opponents". Hope india doesn't take this game easy considering last tours.."

Kamesh: "I think people talk about Unadkat vs Mohit sharma. I think Mohit sharma should have been preferred instead of Mohammed Shami. Latter didn't impress in any previous occasion"

Bruce Oxenford and Russell Tiffin are your on-field umpires today as the Zimbabwe openers make it out to the middle.

You could see the huge grin on Rayudu's face. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Aakash Chopra, in the studio, mentions how he has been on his radar since India's A tour of West Indies in 2003. Let's see what he can produce today with the bat.

And its' Vinay Kumar who takes the new ball. Play about to get away.

8.55 am We are inching towards the start of play. A question for our loyal followers: What do you reckon is a par total for this ground?

Vijay: "agree with u John, there is ipl connection or else Mohit Sharma should have got chance under Dhonis Captaincy"

Sham: "@John: Man you stole my thoughts.. i was about to write the same stuff.. IPL is playing a role here on whom to prefer above whom.. :)"

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to read Liam Brickhill's comprehensive preview of today's match, including all the players to keep an eye on and how the pitch should play out.

We have reached the two-minute warning. Get your drinks, food and a comfortable place to sit as we head into the first ODI at Harare.

The teams stand for the national anthems.

Optimist indian: "Par score: 450 Zimbabwe will score 480 and india will win within 40 overs."

kelvin: "john is bang on!!!!!!!!! R Vinay Kumar, JD Unadkat.. rcb!..anyone else from chennai ? other than mohit making the debut ? if it was dhoni.. unakdt would have been carrying the water bottle.."

8.50 am Raaghul: "Only thing behind rahane and pujara omission is that these people are playing on top. now the top order of indian team is set. we cant change it. So they have included Rayudu at the bottom so that he can play slog hitting at the death overs as he did for Mumbai Indians. Lets hope for the best

Mahesh Kumar: "no one is talking about Mohit Sharma. he was the best Indian fast bowler in IPL. He can be handy in such conditions. better than those who are playing"

John: "I may be a little sircastic.....but i assume...if Dhoni was captaining today Mohit sharma would have debuted and since Kohli is Captaining unadkat is debuting....i find some IPL connections here....is there anyone who thinks like me?????"

Anyone want to weigh in on John's musings?

Liam Brickhill is covering this series for us and is at the Harare Sports Club. "A handful of people are in the ground at the moment, and I've just spotted a line of school kids walking in," he says. "It's a bright, blue, cloudless morning."

Narendra: "Someone please throw light why 'Pujara' is not playing. Why Why Why ?"

cris: "Pujara fans, don't worry. Kyle Jarvis will expose the techniques of flat track bullies Raina, Dhawan and Rayudu. Pujara will be back to rescue them in no time.."

The boundaries have been brought in by about five or six metres on the western side of the ground, near wide long on.

8.45 am Jaydev Unadkat is also making his debut, alongside Ambati Rayudu. India are playing Amit Mishra and Mohammad Shami as well. So, their line-up is - Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Karthik, Raina, Rayudu, Jadeja, Mishra, Shami, Unadkat, Vinay Kumar.

Salil J.: "I agree with Krishna. Everyone seems to have forgotten about Ajinkya Rahane. The guy needs a bit of confidence. He's shown what he can do when you put your faith into him, like Dravid does. I still believe that guy is one of the better batsmen India has today."

Anshul Agrawal: "Not considering Rahane is appalling. He has a good technique and temperament. He compliments flashy players such as Sharma, Kohli, Raina perfectly. Get him in!"

Zimbabwe: Raza, Sibanda, H Masakadza, Taylor, Williams, Waller, Chigumbura, Mutombodzi, Utseya, Jarvis, Chatara.

And on that note, I'll hand over the commentary to Rohan Sharma. I'll be back later.

Thanks George! So a few notable debutants for India, with Rayudu and Jaydev Unadkat also been given a chance to show his stuff. This is a young-looking bowling attack from India, with the average age of the fast men being 23.

With a number of the senior players being rested, this series provides a focal point for India to blood new talent, especially in overseas conditions. With the pitch promising some movement, it should be an ideal acid test for India's young seam attack.

Zimbabwe are at full-strength and will be testing in their own conditions, especially against a largely inexperienced team, with a largely inexperienced captain at the helm. Kohli's road to the Indian captaincy begins here.

8.30 am It looks like Ambati Rayudu has been given his India cap and will be making his debut today. It's a sunny, cloudless day in Harare, and the conditions are expected to be dry. It's quite chilly too. Dirk Viljoen, doing the pitch report for Ten Sports, reckons the captain that wins the toss will want to bowl first.

Virat Kohli, who has his jumper on, has won the toss and India will bowl first. Brendan Taylor says he would have definitely bowled as well. He says the first hour against two new balls will be challenging but after that conditions should ease up for batting.

Krishna: "Nobody is talking about Ajinkya Rahane. I thought one day he will become an integral part of team India (like Dhoni and Kohli) but here we are not even considering him in India's second team.. very sad.."

Srivathsan: "If Rayudu gets make his debut today means no place for Pujara? What an irony to a class batsman. Waiting to get into the squad for so long and after making it to the squad and waiting for a place in XI.."

Dinesh Gosavi: "There was a time when Ambati Rayadu was banned by BCCI for playing in ICL and look now he is playing for the national side. He must have gone through huge struggle."

I'll have the team news for you asap.

8.15 am Hello, and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the first ODI between Zimbabwe and India in Harare. There was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing over whether this series would happen but it has come to pass. For India's cricketers this is their last assignment for a while. They played England at home last November, then hosted Pakistan, then England again, then Australia, then played the IPL, then travelled to England for the the Champions Trophy and to the Caribbean for a tri-series. And now this. They have a young squad with five potential debutants during the course of this series.

For Zimbabwe, they will hope to build on the results they had when India last visited and their captain Brendan Taylor will have aspirations of similar success. They have named a 17-player squad and with everyone fit they have all their resources to pick from.

Alok: "Waiting to see new young Indian team....excited..."

Salman: "No contest between the two sides.......... India far more better then zim even without Dhoni"

Salar: "Don't take Zimbabwe easy , Zimbabwe has become a competitive team . An upset can happen for sure."

Here's something to refresh your memory about Zimbabwe-India contests. Does anyone remember what the Clark-Samson rule was?

Rishabh: "When you do a testing experiment, you always hope that it might bring something new.. India's young and new squad is an example.."

0.1

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, beautiful line from Vinay, just outside off stump at a length. Left alone by Sibanda

0.2

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, even better from Vinay, this one swings away just outside off stump and again at a length. Little bit of shape in the air. Left alone

0.3

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, this time fuller and again shapes away. Sibanda leaves it well alone

0.4

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, pitches it just a bit shorter on and around off stump. Defended by the batsman

0.5

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, pitches outside off stump and shapes away to the keeper. Left alone by Sibanda

0.6

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, brings this one closer into the batsman. Little shape but Sibanda gets on top of it and defends it with ease.

End of over 1 (maiden) Zimbabwe 0/0 (RR: 0.00)

    • V Sibanda 0 (6b)
    • Sikandar Raza 0 (0b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-1-0-0

Shami Ahmed will bowl from the other end

1.1

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a length outside off stump, shapes away appreciably. The Indian bowlers are certainly getting movement early on

1.2

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, brings this one in closer to the batsman, shapes away slightly as Raza plays it watchfully to the offside

1.3

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, this one wider of off stump, lovely outswinger. Let alone by Raza.

1.4

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches just outside off and on a length, Ahmed is getting some sideways movement as Raza leaves it well alone

1.5

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, carbon copy of the last delivery, Raza defends to the offside

1.6

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, get a thick outside edge which goes to third man

End of over 2 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/0 (RR: 0.50)

    • Sikandar Raza 1 (6b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (6b)
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-1-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-1-0-0

Good start from the Indian bowlers. Bowling well with the conditions available.

2.1

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches it slightly fuller on off stump, again getting it to shape away. Left alone by the batsman

2.2

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, this one is pitched up even more. Raza looks to get forward and drive through extra-cover but the ball shapes away just enough and he fails to get bat on ball

2.3

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, gets a thick outside edge which goes to third man

2.4

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, pitches it outside off stump, shaping away. Left alone.

2.5

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, Vinay brings this in closer to the batsman. Sibanda gets forward to defend

Dan: "Don't throw away your wicket this time, Vusi!"

2.6

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, full from Vinay, pitches outside off stump. Stunted appeal from the bowler but this one hits him outside the line.

End of over 3 (1 run) Zimbabwe 2/0 (RR: 0.66)

    • V Sibanda 0 (9b)
    • Sikandar Raza 2 (9b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-1-1-0
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-1-0

Hari: "So how many of you guys are missing bhuvaneshwar kumar in these conditions?"

3.1

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, outside off stump and left alone by the batsman

Jiten Surtani: "All those who find an IPL connection here...Answer these 1) Why isn't Pujara playing (he is from RCB)....2) Mohit Sharma deserves a chance-true, and so does Unadkat - Is it wise to play both beginners in the same match ? you would have criticised them still !! I believe Kohli isn't seeing connections because there arent any....we are the ones making such nonsensical connections !!"

3.2

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, first bouncer of the innings, Raza looking to get forward but transfer back late. Ends up swiping at the delivery to no avail.

3.3

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, squares him up with a beautiful outswinger pitched on a length and just outside off stump

3.4

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, this is too full on middle and leg, Raza gets forward to play an on drive through midwicket for the first boundary of the innings

3.5

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, pitches just short of a length on offstump, Raza gets forward and plays close to his body for a single

3.6

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, full and on middle and off. Sibanda blocks to the offside

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 7/0 (RR: 1.75)

    • V Sibanda 0 (10b)
    • Sikandar Raza 7 (14b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-6-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-1-1-0

Fraser: "Good movement with the new balls but the Zim openers are leaving too many deliveries."

4.1

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, fuller and just outside off stump. Raza gets forward to defend to the offside.

4.2

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a length outside off. Raza leaves it alone

4.3

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, shorter ball on middle and leg. Raza plays an instinctive hook towards the legside for a single.

4.4

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, 1 run, this one is pitched up and just outside off stump. Raza defends but almost ends up dragging on to his stumps.

4.5

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, Vinay pitches on a length outside off stump. Defended to the offside.

Krishna: "I would have picked Mohit ahead of Shammi and not unadkat bcos he brings in variety to the attack."

4.6

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, fuller and outside off. Raza defends with authority.

End of over 5 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 9/0 (RR: 1.80)

    • Sikandar Raza 8 (19b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 1 (11b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-1-3-0
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-6-0

Venkat Prakash: "If you really want some better off field entertainment.. switch on to the hindi commentary on Ten Sports.."

5.1

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, short of a length outside off stump. Shapes away and the batsman leaves it alone

varun: "Why is pujara not playing is a question only Kohli knows. I would have picked him ahead of rayadu anyday. As for Unadkat, he cant swing,he cant land it on seem consistently, not sure why he is in. Mohit sharma atleast took early wickets in almost all IPL matches and is wicket taking bowler."

5.2

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, this one slightly fuller, again outside off stump. Sibanda content to watch it through to the keeper.

The Zimbabwe batsman should look to play some shots now

5.3

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, good length wide of off stump. Once again Sibanda decides to leave it alone. Could have probably gone for a slash through the offside

5.4

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, lovely sideways movement from Shami. Once again left alone.

Trishu: "Both vinay kumar and shami are not genuine swing bowler. they just put the ball hard on pitch."

5.5

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, got this one slightly wrong as it angles down the legside, just short of a length. Sibanda tried to glance to the legside but ends up getting a legbye

Trishu: "Both vinay kumar and shami are not genuine swing bowler. they just put the ball hard on pitch."

5.6

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches outside off. Batsman defends it to the offside

End of over 6 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 10/0 (RR: 1.66)

    • Sikandar Raza 8 (20b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 1 (16b)
    • Mohammed Shami 3-1-6-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-1-3-0
6.1

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, good bouncer from Vinay. Sibanda ducks under

6.2

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, great follow up from Vinay. He pitches this fuller and just outside off stump. Sibanda is tempted but ends up holding back as the ball passes the bat.

6.3

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, 3 runs, pitches wide of offstump and full. Sibanda reaches out and chips this through extra-cover for three runs. Its about time the Zimbabwe openers got going.

6.4

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump. Raza glances to third man for a couple.

6.5

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

Ketan: "Vinay Kumar looks like he has never been away, even in WI he was brought in the team for one match and he was spot on."

6.6

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, pitches full and outside off. Left alone by Sibanda

End of over 7 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 16/0 (RR: 2.28)

    • V Sibanda 4 (20b)
    • Sikandar Raza 11 (22b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-1-9-0
    • Mohammed Shami 3-1-6-0
7.1

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a length outside off stump, getting a little shape. Strikes Raza's pads and the Indian team go up in appeal, but this was hitting outside the line of offstump

7.2

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, just short of a length outside off stump. Played to the offside for a sharp single. Shikhar Dhawan pounces on it in the covers and throws for a direct hit but Sibanda was comfortably in.

7.3

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, pitches outside off stump and left alone. Raza looks to play but holds back as the ball passes through to the keeper.

7.4

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, FOUR, outswinger on off stump and full. Overpitched and Sibanda rocks forward to play an elegant drive down the ground for four.

7.5

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, no run, short of a length outside offstump. Once again left alone by Sibanda.

utkarsh gupta: "how many of u are missing taibu streak flower brothers??? zimbawe looks like a different team when these guys were there...they can pose some compitition to indian team but this current zimbawe team doesn't poses any threat to even indian (b) team"

7.6

Mohammed Shami to Sibanda, 2 runs, pitches on a length and this time going into the batsman. Sibanda gets forward and tries to play it through to the legside. Ends up finding the fielder.

End of over 8 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 23/0 (RR: 2.87)

    • V Sibanda 10 (24b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 12 (24b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 4-1-13-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-1-9-0
8.1

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, Vinay pitches this on middle and just short of a length.

8.2

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, no run, wide of off stump and short of a length. Left alone by Sibanda.

Yasser: "Yet another cricketer of Pakistani origin player playing at the highest level in an International Team. I doubt if any other nation is as prolific in exporting Cricketers."

8.3

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, 1 wide, Vinay goes for what the commentators are calling a loopy bouncer. Sibanda saw this one coming and shuffles down the track but ends up aborting at the last second.

8.3

Vinay Kumar to Sibanda, 1 run, wide and outside off stump, short of a length. Sibanda works this to the offside for a single

8.4

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, slightly fuller, outside off stump. Defended back to the fielder on the offside.

8.5

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, this one on a length, angling towards the legside. Tries to clip it from his pads to no avail

8.6

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches wide outside off stump. Raza plays it to the man at point for none.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 26/0 (RR: 2.88)

    • Sikandar Raza 13 (28b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 11 (26b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 5-1-12-0
    • Mohammed Shami 4-1-13-0

Kiran Nawathe: "ZIM is always a steady starter, and while batting first i have mostly noticed that they tend to finish 50 overs without getting all-out, and putting reasonable score on board. Recently in WI also they did the same by scoring 273/8 and 211/9."

Jaydev Unadkat has been brought on to make his ODI debut. He last played for India in the Centurion Test in 2010 against South Africa

9.1

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, Good start from the debutant. He angles this away from the batsman on off stump and is defended to the offside

Vempy: "Good discipline by the Indian bowlers. Really like the fact that there have been no wides or no-balls (yet!). A far cry from the 90s."

9.2

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, this one wider off the off stump and angling away. Left alone by the batsman.

arvind: "@yasser - Did you check the English team for South african players? I believe they are better exporters than Pakistan."

9.3

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, again wide off off stump and angling away. Sibanda dances down and drives this straight to mid off

9.4

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, better length and line from Unadkat! He pitches this fuller just outside off stump. Sibanda's bat is dangerously close but luckily evades the edge.

9.5

Unadkat to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, pitches this outside leg and ends up hitting the batsman's pads. The batsmen scamper for a leg bye.

9.6

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, fuller and outside off stump. Defended to the offside.

That is all from me. Now handing it back to George Binoy who will take you through the next few overs.

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 27/0 (RR: 2.70)

    • Sikandar Raza 13 (29b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 11 (31b 1x4)
    • JD Unadkat 1-1-0-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 5-1-12-0

Cheers, Rohan. It's been a testing first ten overs for Zimbabwe's openers. The ball has seamed around quite a bit and they've shown restraint in their shot selection. As a result the home side hasn't lost a wicket yet. However, because their run rate is low, it is imperative for Zimbabwe that the batsmen continue with the same focus and discipline.

First over of spin coming up, the left-armer Ravindra Jadeja from round the wicket.

10.1

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, darted in on a good length and straight, Sibanda stays on his crease and defends

10.2

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda leans forward and closes the face to play on the leg side

10.3

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda strides forward and defends back towards the bowler

10.4

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, Jadeja pitches on middle and leg, Sibanda leans forward and tries to glance but the ball hits the pad

10.5

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, he stays in his crease and defends with a straight bat

10.6

Jadeja to Sibanda, 1 run, bowled fuller on off and middle, Sibanda drives slightly inside out towards long off

End of over 11 (1 run) Zimbabwe 28/0 (RR: 2.54)

    • V Sibanda 12 (37b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 13 (29b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-1-0
    • JD Unadkat 1-1-0-0
11.1

Unadkat to Sibanda, 1 run, good length, pitching around middle and angling across the right-hander, Sibanda stays back, waits a touch, and dabs the ball towards third man

11.2

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 wide, a short ball but the line is wonky, far down leg side

Ankit : "India are really in search for a good left-arm seamer in place of injury-prone Zaheer and Pathan to provide variety to their bowling attack. Hopefully young Unadkat can fill that void !"

11.2

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, short of a length, pitching outside leg stump and angling into the hips, Raza tries to glance but does not make proper contact

11.3

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

11.4

Unadkat to Sibanda, FOUR, short and wide outside off, a loose ball after ages, Sibanda gets under it and slashes the ball over point. Zimbabwe must make those balls count

11.5

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda is hit high on the pad by one that pitches outside leg on a tight length, no room to work with that time

11.6

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda tries to play the extravagant cover drive, reaching far away from his body at a full ball that slants away outside off. He made no contact

End of over 12 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 35/0 (RR: 2.91)

    • V Sibanda 17 (42b 2x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 14 (30b 1x4)
    • JD Unadkat 2-1-7-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-1-0
12.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, Raza strides forward and defends towards cover

12.2

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, shorter in length on middle and off, Raza goes back and defends towards the bowler

12.3

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, a fuller length on a wicket to wicket line, Raza stays back and blocks

12.4

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, he goes right back, covers his stumps, and dabs the ball on the off side

12.5

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, this time he moves his front foot across his stumps and sweeps the ball past leg slip to the vacant fine leg boundary

12.6

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

End of over 13 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 39/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • Sikandar Raza 18 (36b 2x4)
    • V Sibanda 17 (42b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-5-0
    • JD Unadkat 2-1-7-0

Kundra: "for someone who has seen late 80s and 90s cricket, i am not ruling zimbabwe out of the game. The quality of Zim cricket may have changed over the years but they do show good commitment and passion for it. We, as cricket lovers, want Zim team to do well and come back to the top tier."

ganny: "@Vempy and @Ankit.. Can't you keep quiet. You have zinxed Unadkat to bowl a noball and make him give away a boundary as well"

13.1

Unadkat to Sibanda, 1 run, an appeal for lbw but that might have been slanting past off stump. It certainly pitched in line on a good length and Sibanda pressed forward to defend and was hit on the pad

13.2

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 leg bye, Raza gets tucked up by a short ball and is hit on the hip, he responds well to Sibanda's call after the ball dropped close on the off side

13.3

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, defended from the crease on the pitch

13.4

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda jumps up in his crease to defend a short of a length ball, that looked quite awkward

13.5

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda makes his move too early, Unadkat sees him coming down the pitch and delivers a short ball, Sibanda sways his upper body out of the line

13.6

Unadkat to Sibanda, 1 wide, another short ball but this time Sibanda did not advance. He stayed put and the ball bounced high over his head

13.6

Unadkat to Sibanda, no run, a slower ball beats Sibanda. Karthik fails to collect cleanly but the batsman can't capitalise on the error

End of over 14 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 42/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • V Sibanda 18 (47b 2x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 18 (37b 2x4)
    • JD Unadkat 3-1-9-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-5-0
14.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, Raza goes back quickly and cuts the ball firmly, doesn't beat backward point though

14.2

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, fuller and straighter, Raza defends back to the bowler

14.3

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, that's too full to cut, skids through outside off stump and beats the bat

14.4

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, Jadeja slowed it up a touch around off stump, Raza ended up prodding off the front foot too early and the edge flew wide off first slip to the third man boundary

14.5

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, played off the pads towards square leg

14.6

Jadeja to Sibanda, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, Sibanda turns the ball off his pads towards square leg

End of over 15 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 48/0 (RR: 3.20)

    • V Sibanda 19 (48b 2x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 23 (42b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-11-0
    • JD Unadkat 3-1-9-0

Nandish: "proud day for saurashtra cricket..jadeja, unadkat and pujara! although few would have guessed unadkat making his debut before pujara!"

Kiran Nawathe: "As i predicted ZIM is slowly building up here, which is not good sign for IND either. With Taylor, maskadza, chigumbara to follow, ZIM can put competitive score for IND"

15.1

Unadkat to Sibanda, 1 run, Unadkat's line and length - short and a little outside off - allows the batsman to sit back and steer the ball to third man

15.2

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, fuller length and wider line outside off stump, Raza moves back and across before letting the ball go

15.3

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, good length, pitching just outside off stump and holding its line, Raza pushes forward and shoulders arms

Pawan: "Unadkat is a good line and length bowler but he's showing a few nerves in his debut spell. Hoping he tightens his bowling up a bit. I feel that India have missed a trick by not trying someone a little faster like say Parvinder Awana or a Varun Aaron."

@Pawan, Varun Aaron is injured, he has been for a while.

15.4

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, good length around middle and off, defended from the crease

15.5

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 leg bye, a confident appeal for lbw from Unadkat after he gets the ball to straighten from a good length and hit Raza on the pad. That was too high. Zimbabwe reach 50 with that leg bye

15.6

Unadkat to Sibanda, 1 run, nudged from the crease in front of square leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 51/0 (RR: 3.18)

    • V Sibanda 21 (50b 2x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 23 (46b 3x4)
    • JD Unadkat 4-1-11-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-11-0

Prashant Hegde: "Once again it is proved today that " No Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, then no early wickets for India" .. Isn't it ?"

Favazak: "Best way against R. Jadeja is to attack him! I believe many teams are giving him too much respect!"

16.1

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda moves forward and plays a good length ball towards point

Md Akhtar Hussain: "All are talking about discipline bowling but where are those wicket taking deliveries? In this condition good bowling is not just bowling on right line & length. We also need to attack. I'll say good batting by these two in this condition."

16.2

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, a wicket to wicket line from Jadeja and Sibanda defends on the front foot on the off side

16.3

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, played from the crease towards extra cover, Jadeja sprints and dives to field

16.4

Jadeja to Sibanda, FOUR, shot! Sibanda is quite minimalistic in his movements as he presses forward and lofts the ball straight down the ground. He didn't complete that punch with much of a follow through at all

16.5

Jadeja to Sibanda, 1 run, nudged on the leg side for a single

16.6

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 3 runs, Raza plays the ball into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary and the running between the wickets is quite exceptional

The players are taking their first drinks break. Zimbabwe will be quite pleased with their progress. No wicket lost during a testing first hour when the ball seamed around, and they have got the run rate inching upwards too.

vikash: "Its time to give due credit to Zimbabwe openers .. patience and grit shown so far is exemplary considering the 1st hour of play was conducive to swing bowling and movement"

End of over 17 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 59/0 (RR: 3.47)

    • Sikandar Raza 26 (47b 3x4)
    • V Sibanda 26 (55b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-19-0
    • JD Unadkat 4-1-11-0

Saurav Kaushik: "Very disappointed that Rasool isn't playing.Kohli has decided to go with the safer option of the 30+ Mishra."

SurinK: "@Favazak, can't be right. I feel they always think to attack him but due to his supreme consistency he always overcome to them. The best way to tackle him is play him with respect."

Here's Amit Mishra, bowling legspin from over the wicket.

17.1

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, his first ball is short on off stump, Raza goes back and cuts the ball in front of point

17.2

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, a flighted ball on off stump, Sibanda strides forward and defends

17.3

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, bowled slowly through the air on middle and leg, Sibanda tries to glance but misses and is hit on the pad

17.4

Mishra to Sibanda, 1 run, a flatter and shorter ball, Sibanda has time to go back and cut through point

17.5

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Raza cuts hard off the back foot but places it to the fielder in the deep

17.6

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, Sibanda thrusts his pad out and kicks the ball away to slip

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 62/0 (RR: 3.44)

    • V Sibanda 27 (59b 3x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 28 (49b 3x4)
    • A Mishra 1-0-3-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-19-0
18.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

18.2

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

18.3

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, edged and dropped? Oh yes, Kohli's dropped a straightforward chance at first slip. Raza was caught on the crease as he prodded at a slower ball that turned away a bit and the ball took the outside edge towards Kohli's right, it was around knee height

18.4

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, played back to the bowler

18.5

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, defended on the off side

18.6

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, a loud appeal for lbw after a full ball strikes the pad, that may have been sliding down leg. The ball goes to Kohli at first slip off the pad and he throws at the stumps because the batsman may have been out of his crease, the throw misses though

End of over 19 (maiden) Zimbabwe 62/0 (RR: 3.26)

    • Sikandar Raza 28 (55b 3x4)
    • V Sibanda 27 (59b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 5-1-19-0
    • A Mishra 1-0-3-0
19.1

Mishra to Sibanda, 2 runs, driven through wide mid-on for a quick two

19.2

Mishra to Sibanda, 1 run, short ball on leg stump, chipped through square leg

19.3

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, tossed up outside off, cut off the back foot through point

19.4

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

19.5

Mishra to Sibanda, 2 runs, Sibanda moves forward, gets to the pitch of the full ball and plays a graceful drive through extra cover

19.6

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, played from the crease to point

Over to Rohan Sharma for the next ten overs.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 68/0 (RR: 3.40)

    • V Sibanda 32 (64b 3x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 29 (56b 3x4)
    • A Mishra 2-0-9-0
    • RA Jadeja 5-1-19-0

Thanks George. Hello again folks! Zimbabwe with a rather circumspect start to proceedings, and the Indian spinners look threatening

20.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a length on off and middle. Worked away to the legside for none.

20.2

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, on a length and on off stump. Driven by Raza to long off.

20.3

Jadeja to Sibanda, no run, slightly fuller on off and middle. Defended watchfully by Sibanda

20.4

Jadeja to Sibanda, 1 run, wide and full outside off stump. Sibanda forward and drives to long off.

20.5

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, full and on off stump. Raza plays to the offside for a single

20.6

Jadeja to Sibanda, 1 run, fuller and on off stump. Drives it down to long off for a single.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 72/0 (RR: 3.42)

    • V Sibanda 34 (67b 3x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 31 (59b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 6-1-23-0
    • A Mishra 2-0-9-0

Afzal: "Zimbabwe nicely settling in now. 27 in the 1st 10 overs, 41 in the next."

21.1

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, full and on midlde and leg. Sibanda gets forward to defend back to the bowler

21.2

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, pitches wide outside off stump at a length. Plays it to silly point

21.3

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, full and going down the legside. Sibanda defends to the legside for none

21.4

Mishra to Sibanda, no run, pitched on a length on middle and leg. Sibanda walks down but ends up defending back to the bowler

21.5

Mishra to Sibanda, OUT, full and pitched just outside off stump, except this one turns in. Looks like its the googly from Mishra as Sibanda plays outside the line and the umpire raises the finger straight away. Solid knock from Raza who put in the hard yards.

V Sibanda lbw b Mishra 34 (88m 72b 3x4 0x6) SR: 47.22

So India have made the first breakthrough of the morning. Stuart Williams walks in next. Apparently he is the best batsman against spin for Zimbabwe. We shall wait and see.

Saurav Kaushik: "First ever published comment after many attempts! Just what i needed after a very bad day. :)"

21.6

Mishra to Williams, no run, pitches full of a length on middle and is defended back solidly by Williams.

Kapil: "Not sure after you are no wicket down after 20 overs, this is the way to play. You should up the scoring and attack now rather than blocking your mind that you are playing a bigger opposition. I am sure ZIM would have played differently if they were in similar situation against Bangladesh"

End of over 22 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 72/1 (RR: 3.27)

    • SC Williams 0 (1b)
    • Sikandar Raza 31 (59b 3x4)
    • A Mishra 3-1-9-1
    • RA Jadeja 6-1-23-0

sachin halkarni: "As i said earlier there is the wrong one from mishra which brought wicket"

22.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches full on middle and leg. Raza digs it out but is unable to complete a run

22.2

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a length on middle and Raza tries to work this through the offside

22.3

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run

22.4

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, full and outside off stump. Defended to short extra-cover.

22.5

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches short of a length angling down the pads. Raza tries to work it away to the legside to no avail.

22.6

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, no run, on a length wide of off stump. Raza tries to cut away square but is unable to get bat on ball.

End of over 23 (maiden) Zimbabwe 72/1 (RR: 3.13)

    • Sikandar Raza 31 (65b 3x4)
    • SC Williams 0 (1b)
    • RA Jadeja 7-2-23-0
    • A Mishra 3-1-9-1

SIDMAH: "Raza has just thrown his wicket, just like normally MISBAH does for Pakistan. he should learn to convert it to big score after playing so much deliveries"

23.1

Mishra to Williams, FOUR, pitches on a length on middle and Williams plays a lovely reverse sweep past point for a boundary

Nandish: "As a tribute to our commentator rohan sharma..india can very well play a bowling unit consisting of only Sharmas: Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Rahul Sharma!"

Ahh a little self-indulgence from moi :)

23.2

Mishra to Williams, no run, pitches full on middle and off. Williams defends watchfully

23.3

Mishra to Williams, no run, on a length on middle and off, Williams defends with authority

23.4

Mishra to Williams, no run, this one is slightly fuller on the same line. Williams tries again to reverse sweep this past point but is unable to get any bat on it

23.5

Mishra to Williams, no run, pitches just short of a length on middle and off. Williams forward presses to defend

shiva: "Look at the Amit Mishra economy rate 4.48. He deserves to play more ODI"

23.6

Mishra to Williams, no run, short of a length on leg. Williams tries to work it away to the leg side but finds the fielder at midwicket

End of over 24 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 76/1 (RR: 3.16)

    • SC Williams 4 (7b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 31 (65b 3x4)
    • A Mishra 4-1-13-1
    • RA Jadeja 7-2-23-0

Ameya Prabhu: "Whatever happened to Craig Ervine, Charles Coventry, Shingi Masakadza? Why arent they playing? Also, is Sean Ervine still playing for Hampshire? He was rather good. Zimbabwe need a full strength team. They were awesome in the late 90's and early 2000's with Neil Johnson, Andy Flower, Murray Goodwin etc"

We have a bowling change with Unadkat coming on

24.1

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs, Full and angling away from the off stump, Raza gets forward to drive the ball through the covers for a couple

Nikhil: "The reverse sweep by Williams brought back memories of Andy Flower against India."

24.2

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on middle, angling away from the batsman, and short of a length. Crashes into the pads but it looks like this was pitched outside, with height also coming into the question. Ambitious appeal from the Indians.

24.3

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, this one is wide of off stump. Raza has a flash at it but it ends up beating the bat and goes straight to the keeper

Imran: "Is it Misbahphilic or Misbahphobic? He is everywhere."

24.4

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, on off and middle, full of length. Raza gets forward to meet the ball.

24.5

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 3 runs, pitches this on a length on middle and off. Raza looking to play through long on, but gets contact through midwicket for a couple.

24.6

Unadkat to Williams, no run, on a length outside off and the batsman pushes at it, but no run

End of over 25 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 81/1 (RR: 3.24)

    • SC Williams 4 (8b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 36 (70b 3x4)
    • JD Unadkat 5-1-16-0
    • A Mishra 4-1-13-1
25.1

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, pitches on a length outside off stump. Raza backs away and cuts it square past point for a single

25.2

Mishra to Williams, no run, short of a length on middle and off. Williams tries to cross bat this through midwicket, but to no avail

25.3

Mishra to Williams, no run, Quicker one from Mishra on middle and off. Defended watchfully.

25.4

Mishra to Williams, 1 run, pitches short of a length outside legstump and turns in sharply. Williams able to work it away through midwicket

25.5

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a length outside off stump. Defended to short mid wicket

25.6

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, pitches short of a length angling down the pads, batsman able to work it away to backward square leg

End of over 26 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 84/1 (RR: 3.23)

    • Sikandar Raza 38 (73b 3x4)
    • SC Williams 5 (11b 1x4)
    • A Mishra 5-1-16-1
    • JD Unadkat 5-1-16-0

BinayakJ: ""I still remember that game in Faridabad when Douglas Marillier's scoop shots single-handedly won the match for Zimbabwe in the last over just with 1 wicket in hand.""

So 84 for 1 after 26 overs. Cautious start from Zimbabwe

26.1

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, bowls this short of a length on middle and leg. Raza rocks back and pulls to backward square leg, but finds the fielder and is only able to get a single

Nambi: "Kohli missing the trick of not allowing part timers now. By knowing India death bowling weakness and with wickets in hand for Zimbabwe, It will be dangerous for India if Zim mangage the powerplay in decent way."

26.2

Unadkat to Williams, no run, fuller and on off and middle. Williams clips this to Dhawan at short midwicket

26.3

Unadkat to Williams, no run, slightly short of length on off stump, angling in to the batsman. Defended watchfully.

aman: "@imran.. it is neither misbahphobic nor misbahphilic, its rohitisia."

26.4

Unadkat to Williams, no run, on a length outside off stump. Williams gets forward to drive, but his shot is stopped by Virat Kohli at short mid off

Srikanth: "What about KUMARS? we have got Praveen kumar, Bhuvaneshwar kumar,vinay kumar. All of them are swing bowlers."

26.5

Unadkat to Williams, no run, on a length outside off stump. Defended to the offside for none

tushar: "Yaawwwn... the zim batsmen are scoring rather slowly... i miss Dinda..."

26.6

Unadkat to Williams, 1 run, short and wide of off stump. Williams essays this through the square offside region for a single to sweeper cover.

seansie: "As zimbabwean fans WE have moved on from the 90's era to the new ... the Taylor's masakadzas and Jarvis et al. Our cricket is the better for it. So please O rest of the world ..move on too."

End of over 27 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 86/1 (RR: 3.18)

    • SC Williams 6 (16b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 39 (74b 3x4)
    • JD Unadkat 6-1-18-0
    • A Mishra 5-1-16-1

Taj: "Why people forget Alaister Cambell? I believe he was one of the best batsmen Zim had and also a reason for their goor run in the 90s."

And Kohli has brought on Shami Ahmed to bowl

27.1

Mohammed Shami to Williams, FOUR, short of a length, seems like a loosener. Williams waits for it before rocking back to pull with authority through midwicket for a boundary

Laxman Subramanian: "Looking at the way young Sikander is batting, Pakistan should consider welcoming him back to their team to bolster their brittle batting."

Williams looking to be positive here

27.2

Mohammed Shami to Williams, no run, fuller from Ahmed, going past the off stump. Williams defends to the offside. Wants the run but is sent back

27.3

Mohammed Shami to Williams, no run, pitches more in line with the stumps. Williams tries to play through cover and almost gets an inside edge.

Fraser: "This is the right approach for Zimbabwe. Too often they lose 2-4 wickets before over 25 which means they can't accelerate at the death. Zim just need to target a bowler and hit him out of the attack."

27.4

Mohammed Shami to Williams, 1 run, on a length outside off stump, Williams intentionally edges this through third man for a single

Aby: "This new Indian bowling attack dosent seems to be a wicket taking bowling attachk they are bowlers who can restrict the opposition!!"

27.5

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, bouncer from Ahmed, nice change up. Interestingly not called a wide as Raza ducks under it comfortably.

sri: "you can havemany Sharmas or Kumars...but we need just only one Tendulkar & one Dhoni"

shiva: "Will-i-am-s is thinking "Will-am-I do it" - Answer is "s(yes)" if you think you can then you can :)"

27.6

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, bouncer wide of off stump. Raza saw this early and steps into the shot and pulls front of square for a boundary

Vishwa: "@Laxman: Do you want yet another slow batman in Pakistan?"

End of over 28 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 95/1 (RR: 3.39)

    • Sikandar Raza 43 (76b 4x4)
    • SC Williams 11 (20b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 5-1-22-0
    • JD Unadkat 6-1-18-0

Raghav Bhasin: "Campbell was a delight to watch...i remember when he was doing commentary in a tournament and was called by the team management to play in that tournament.. speaks of the man"

28.1

Unadkat to Williams, no run, full and angling down the pads. Williams tries to clip it to the legside but ends up playing it to the offside. No run is taken

Sarmad Munir: "I used to play against Sikandar Raza in school. Magnificent player then and i am so happy for him. im texting all school fellows about his score. Best of luck to him"

Mandar: "We are forgetting Guy Whittal too...He was terrific in middle order in that era..."

28.2

Unadkat to Williams, 1 run, full and angling down the pads. Williams able to work it away to deep square leg for a single

28.3

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 3 runs, full and just outside off stump. Raza able to squeeze this past point and almost makes it to the boundary but is reined in by Ahmed

28.4

Unadkat to Williams, 1 run, short of a length, angling down the pads. Williams works it to the legside for a single. And the 100 is up for Zimbabwe in the 29th over. India will be pleased with this progress.

Arindam: "Not only Campbell, Zim had some other good players as well, Murray Goodwin, Travis Friend (decent all-rounder), Grant Flower and the nemesis for India Andy Flower and his sweep shorts"

28.5

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, full and angling away from the batsman just outside off. Defended watchfully.

Rajan: "India can go for Unadkat or Mohit instead of trying same Ishant again and again who gives plenty of runs to take a single wicket."

28.6

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, on a length wide of off stump. Cut away by Raza through the square offside region for a single

End of over 29 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 101/1 (RR: 3.48)

    • Sikandar Raza 47 (79b 4x4)
    • SC Williams 13 (23b 2x4)
    • JD Unadkat 7-1-24-0
    • Mohammed Shami 5-1-22-0

Sham: "what about Henry Olonga.. The man who never afraid of anything,, who got indians out cheaply in sharjah, who got hit by sachin all along the ground in the final, who almost brought curtains to india's 1999 WC campaign.. :)"

Mishra has been brought on to bowl again. Kohli looking to change things up as much as possible.

29.1

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, flighted and on middle, Raza gets across and clips it to mid-wicket

Nikhil Harindranath: "Sarmad Munir just showed the easiest way to get published in espncricinfo. Does it help if I say I know someone, who's someone used to fetch water for someone in the Indian team?"

29.2

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, pitches full just outside off. Raza gets under it to heave it through extra cover.

ShashankG: "Memory of a Lifetime - Sachin Tendulkar coming down the track and hitting Eddo Brandes absolutely straight for a Six. Tony Grieg goes.."Thats fantastic...Absolutely majestic..that's cleared the sight screen...wonderful shot

29.3

Mishra to Williams, 1 run, rank delivery from Mishra, short and spinning away from the batsman. Williams manages to play a short-arm pull to midwicket

29.4

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, wide of off stump on a length but turns in sharply. Raza blocks it watchfully

29.5

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on middle. Raza defends once again

29.6

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, fuller length outside off stump. Raza defends to the offside

End of over 30 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 103/1 (RR: 3.43)

    • Sikandar Raza 48 (84b 4x4)
    • SC Williams 14 (24b 2x4)
    • A Mishra 6-1-18-1
    • JD Unadkat 7-1-24-0

JohnnyReb: "The Richie Benaud Rule for ODI scores after 30 overs is looking pretty good for the hosts with all the batsmen left in the hutch, no?"

A twist in the tail as Suresh Raina comes on to have a bowl, bowling around the wicket

30.1

Raina to Williams, no run, pitches on a length on middle and leg. Defended to the legside

Harish: "No one is talking about HEATH STREAK, good all rounder produced by zimbabwe."

30.2

Raina to Williams, no run, better line as this is pitched full and Williams gets forward to sweep to backward square leg

30.3

Raina to Williams, 1 run, pitches on a length outside off stump. Williams cuts to the offside for a single

Swapnil: "I see a lot of comments getting published today! When will i get my chance...:("

Happy Swapnil? :)

30.4

Raina to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, wide and short outside off. Raza cuts but finds Unadkat at point

30.5

Raina to Williams, no run, on a length on middle and off. Williams tries to cross-bat this through to backward square leg but mistimes the shot

30.6

Raina to Williams, OUT, Played all around this! Raina pitches this in a little closer to the batsman, but this one is not turning and Williams, who is playing for the turn, ends up playing outside the line as the ball scurries through the gap between pad and bat. Second wicket down for Zimbabwe.

SC Williams b Raina 15 (35m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.72

End of over 31 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 105/2 (RR: 3.38)

    • Sikandar Raza 49 (85b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-2-1
    • A Mishra 6-1-18-1

Ashker Enoon: "Talking about Tony Greig.. Dont we all miss him? What a wonderful commentator he was. The excitement he spread when Sanath and Kalu opened together. Memories of a lifetime!"

Hamilton Masakadza is the next man in

31.1

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, pitches on a fuller length just outside off. Raza forward to defend

31.2

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, same length and again pitching outside off, but this one turns away sharply. Batsman was beaten by the turn

31.3

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, pitches on a length and Raza gets back to play through extra cover. Raza picks up the single to get a well-deserved half century. Zimbabwe will want Raza to hang around as they build towards the denouement of this innings

Gaurav: "Although an Indian, I am liking the approach of Zim team. They are really showing serious commitment. I really hope BCCI helps out Zim cricket for their future revival in terms of economy. They really deserve better than what they actually get."

31.4

Mishra to Masakadza, no run, beautifully flighted delivery from Mishra. pitches on middle and Hamilton plays with hard hands, inducing an edge which falls just short of slip

31.5

Mishra to Masakadza, no run, pitches on a length on middle and off. Defended to the offside

31.6

Mishra to Masakadza, 1 wide, full delivery going down the legside. Hamilton tries to sweep but unable to get bat on ball

31.6

Mishra to Masakadza, no run, pitches on a length, defended to short mid off

End of over 32 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 107/2 (RR: 3.34)

    • H Masakadza 0 (3b)
    • Sikandar Raza 50 (88b 4x4)
    • A Mishra 7-1-20-1
    • SK Raina 1-0-2-1

Zarmina: "I pray Zim may score about 280." Jadeja's back, from round the wicket, replacing Raina, who did the job of breaking that partnership.

32.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, driven on the front foot to long off for a single

32.2

Jadeja to Masakadza, no run, driven firmly towards cover but can't beat the infield

32.3

Jadeja to Masakadza, no run, played back to the bowler

32.4

Jadeja to Masakadza, no run, cut firmly off the back foot but straight to point

32.5

Jadeja to Masakadza, FOUR, there's the release shot, Masakadza goes back and cuts hard, the ball flies off the thick outside edge between slip and backward point

32.6

Jadeja to Masakadza, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

End of over 33 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 113/2 (RR: 3.42)

    • H Masakadza 5 (8b 1x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 51 (89b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 8-2-29-0
    • A Mishra 7-1-20-1
33.1

Mishra to Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza gives Mishra the charge and then waits to see it his flat hit clears the fielder at mid-on, it just does and then races to the boundary

33.2

Mishra to Masakadza, no run, played off the back foot on the off side

33.3

Mishra to Masakadza, 2 runs, Masakadza makes room and slogs, mis-hitting the ball over mid-on and it plugs in the outfield

33.4

Mishra to Masakadza, OUT, that looked like it was coming. Masakadza cleared his front foot and slogged, trying to hit down the ground. It was the googly from Mishra and it hit middle stump

H Masakadza b Mishra 11 (9m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

This is where it gets dicey for Zimbabwe. They've been solid - and a bit slow - so far. How they handle the end game of their innings will make or break their performance. A total of 240 is not impossible, but it will require a special finish from Raza, Taylor and Chigumbura.

33.5

Mishra to Taylor, 1 run, that's the googly once again, pushed on the front foot towards mid-on for a quick single

33.6

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, no run, a much slower leg break, Raza had finished sweeping before the ball reached him, luckily for the batsman that one spun big and would have missed off stump

End of over 34 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 120/3 (RR: 3.52)

    • Sikandar Raza 51 (90b 4x4)
    • BRM Taylor 1 (1b)
    • A Mishra 8-1-27-2
    • RA Jadeja 8-2-29-0

Mayur Shah: "I am really enjoying the cricket the way Sikandar Raza is playing. Zimbabwe players are taking game seriously and hope so they will do the same while bowling. As a fan I really thinks that the Zimbabwe team will show some potential in this series and work towards getting Test playing nation cap from ICC.. Good Luck Team !!"

Well they do have Test status, Mayur, but the sentiment will be appreciated.

34.1

Mohammed Shami to Taylor, 1 leg bye, Taylor tries to work the ball towards square but misses and is hit on the thigh. The ball drops on the pitch and Raza urges Taylor to run a quick single

34.2

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, short and outside off stump, Raza jumps back and pulls the ball from outside off stump to the cow corner boundary. Far too short when you don't have the pace to hurry the batsman.

34.3

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, played behind point for a single

34.4

Mohammed Shami to Taylor, no run, good length around off and middle, defended towards the bowler

34.5

Mohammed Shami to Taylor, 1 run, lots of width outside off stump and the batsman simply reaches for it and steers to third man

34.6

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, played off the back foot towards point

Jay Shah: "I understand Mishra was bowling a spell, but why was Jadeja given the over and Raina was discontinued when he had wicket and only 2 runs given in that over. Suresh Raina can be tricky with the ball, a bit longer spell can get 1-2 more wickets and India could be all over Zimbabwe!!"

End of over 35 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 127/3 (RR: 3.62)

    • Sikandar Raza 56 (93b 5x4)
    • BRM Taylor 2 (4b)
    • Mohammed Shami 6-1-28-0
    • A Mishra 8-1-27-2

Uwaisul Karnain: "Why Brendon Taylor put himself so low down the order? He is the best batsman in the team & must take the opportunity to face most number of balls, can't understand their tactics at all"

Well he's around for the batting Powerplay, which begins now. Vinay Kumar's back to bowl the first over of it.

35.1

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, the ball rises sharply from just short of a length, Taylor fends towards the leg side

35.2

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, SIX, what a shot that is. The ball was on the fuller side but Raza stayed in his crease, moved back a little even to get under the ball, and lofted it with a straight bat over the bowler's head for six

35.3

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, played behind point for a single towards third man

35.4

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, nudged off the pads in front of square for a single

Aby: "No doubt Zimbabwe batsman have shown character while batting but i would still say these Indian bowlers are not attacking and wicket taking bowlers hence this score!!"

Zuch: "Taylor coming in 33rd over does not seem right. For me he is the only hope to strut up the score."

35.5

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, short of a length with width outside off stump, Raza cuts hard off the back foot but can't beat point

35.6

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 3 runs, this time he threads the cut behind point, too much width from Vinay once again and Zimbabwe have made a positive start to the Powerplay

End of over 36 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 139/3 (RR: 3.86)

    • Sikandar Raza 66 (97b 5x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 4 (6b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 6-1-24-0
    • Mohammed Shami 6-1-28-0

Craig : "As an Irishman, I'd love to see Ireland play Zim in a 4 day game, just to see how we fare against a Test playing nation, the same goes for Bangladesh. The ICC should at least give us the chance to prove our worth in the longer format!"

36.1

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, no run, that's a terrible shot, backed away outside leg to make room for a good length ball, and then he played an ugly slog, aiming to clear cover. That was close to off stump

36.2

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, dabbed towards point for a quick single

36.3

Unadkat to Taylor, 1 run, played with soft hands close on the leg side for another quick single

RJ: "Vinaykumar should be bowled out like Bhuvi, he is not good at the death or powerplay"

36.4

Unadkat to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, Taylor moves across his stumps so much that he's well outside off by the time he whips the length ball with his front foot in the air towards deep midwicket

36.5

Unadkat to Taylor, 2 byes, Taylor moves across his stumps once again but this time he gets down low to try and scoop the ball over the keeper. He misses and the ball passes over the stumps. Karthik fails to collect and the ball deflects off him towards third man

36.6

Unadkat to Taylor, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 37 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 144/3 (RR: 3.89)

    • BRM Taylor 5 (9b)
    • Sikandar Raza 68 (100b 5x4 1x6)
    • JD Unadkat 8-1-27-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 6-1-24-0

Suhail: "Zim's tactics are correct by sending taylor late in order who can now play freely and openers did good job by holding the wickets"

Gareth: "@Craig. I'd love to see Afghanistan in that mix. They're an up and coming side with a lot of talent. The four-day format would do all three sides the world of good!"

37.1

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, FOUR, short of a length outside off, Raza stands in his crease and slaps the ball flat over the fielder at mid-off, not pretty at all, but effective

37.2

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, SIX, that's pretty, and it's cleared deep midwicket. Raza stayed balanced and waited for a fuller ball, getting under it and flicking cleanly. The boundary has been shortened on that side so it goes all the way

37.3

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, no run, a short ball and Raza ducks under it

Mark: "Couldn't agree more Craig. The ICC don't do enough to help teams up the ladder. I think there should be a programme of giving the top teams just below test status the chance to have games against the test playing nations. Surely the can make room in the calendar by dropping a few of the ODI games where nations are playing each other for the 10th or 20th time in a year."

37.4

Vinay Kumar to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, a low full toss, driven to mid-off

37.5

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, no run, played from the crease with an open face towards point

Jay Shah: ""Craig"- I am not underestimating playing Test, but it is a ruthless format of the game. You saw India losing 8-0 which included 4-0 against Aus, then suddenly it was vice versa 4-0 India and now again Aus losing against England. My point is, even nations who has been playing 5 days format since decades still find hard to achieve consistency and if any team (Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan) qualify and get 4-0 bashing the criticism will hamper there shorter versions spirit also."

37.6

Vinay Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length just outside off, the batsman waits and guides the ball to third man

End of over 38 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 156/3 (RR: 4.10)

    • BRM Taylor 6 (11b)
    • Sikandar Raza 79 (104b 6x4 2x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 7-1-36-0
    • JD Unadkat 8-1-27-0

Sriram: "That Taylor dropping down the order must be Andy Flower's tip to Zim. No matter who's bowling India struggle in the last 10 overs and Zim can take the game away"

Dharma: "@Craig, I agree, but as a start if ireland plays against 'A' teams of big countries like against India A, Eng 'A', SA 'A' or Aus 'A', then also it would be competetive and will help in irish players growth and exposure."

38.1

Unadkat to Taylor, FOUR, that's lucky for the batsman. Taylor tried to steer a good length ball that was too close to him towards third man. Cramped for room, he got a bottom edge past his stumps to the fine leg boundary

Rohan Gandhi: "27 runs off the last 12 balls he has faced.. Sikandar Raza making up for the slow start and making the Indian bowlers pay"

38.2

Unadkat to Taylor, 2 runs, a length ball and Taylor swats it in front of the man at short fine leg

38.3

Unadkat to Taylor, no run, good length angling across the right-hander, Taylor gets an edge into the ground and to the keeper

38.4

Unadkat to Taylor, OUT, Unadkat's picked up his first ODI wicket with a rather ordinary ball. It was short and didn't get high up at all. Taylor had plenty of time to pull it but it looked like he was caught in two minds. He didn't try and smash it for six, and he didn't try and roll his wrists and keep the ball along the ground either. He ended up giving Raina at deep square leg a very simple catch. A soft dismissal.

BRM Taylor c Raina b Unadkat 12 (16m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

38.5

Unadkat to Waller, no run, short of a length ball angling across the right-hander, left alone by the batsman

38.6

Unadkat to Waller, no run, played from the crease towards point

Malcolm Waller, the Zimbabwe coach's son, is the new batsman.

End of over 39 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 162/4 (RR: 4.15)

    • MN Waller 0 (2b)
    • Sikandar Raza 79 (104b 6x4 2x6)
    • JD Unadkat 9-1-33-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 7-1-36-0
39.1

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, tight line and length on off and middle, dabbed towards mid-off for a quick single

Saurav Jain: "India always seems to play to the strength of the opposition! Their level increases or decreases accordingly. Against Aus/SAF, they raise their level whereas against weaker teams they lower it. So the matches are always competitive, as it is being shown here!"

39.2

Jadeja to Waller, no run, driven back to the bowler and the non-striker dives to make his ground

39.3

Jadeja to Waller, no run, driven from the crease to cover

39.4

Jadeja to Waller, 1 run, pushed from the crease through cover for a single

39.5

Jadeja to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, steps out of his crease and realises he isn't to the pith of the ball, so he dabs the ball towards square leg

39.6

Jadeja to Waller, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

End of over 40 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 166/4 (RR: 4.15)

    • MN Waller 2 (6b)
    • Sikandar Raza 81 (106b 6x4 2x6)
    • RA Jadeja 9-2-33-0
    • JD Unadkat 9-1-33-1

Craig: "@Dharma: very true as well! Even playing against "A" teams would be a great opportunity, unfortunately I don't feel Ireland, similar to Afghanistan and even Netherlands are getting quite enough exposure. I went to the Ireland v. Australia "A" match, and although Ireland lost, it was great to see them play against some greats, who are now playing competing in the Ashes (although they aren't playing like greats)"

40.1

Mohammed Shami to Waller, OUT, bowled him! Waller's played inside the line of a good length ball that held its line on off. He was trying to drive on the up and heard the ball clatter into off stump

MN Waller b Mohammed Shami 2 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Arvind Awasthi: "I think Kohli missed atrick here. Powerplay doesnt mean you have to attack with your fast bowlers, it means you have to attack with your best bowlers. Fast bowlers are effective in PPs is a myth."

Elton Chigumbura is the new batsman.

40.2

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, no run, good length and very straight, Chigumbura defends from his crease on the off side

40.3

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, no run, beaten outside off stump! Chigumbura prods tentatively from his crease at a good length ball outside off, the ball skidded through and the batsman was late on it

40.4

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, 1 run, nudged from the crease towards square leg

40.5

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, good length on off and middle, the batsman defends on the front foot towards the off side, the bowler does the fielding himself

40.6

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, the slower delivery outside off stump arrives so late that Raza is done with his wild swing by the time it reaches him

End of over 41 (1 run) Zimbabwe 167/5 (RR: 4.07)

    • Sikandar Raza 81 (108b 6x4 2x6)
    • E Chigumbura 1 (3b)
    • Mohammed Shami 7-1-29-1
    • RA Jadeja 9-2-33-0
41.1

Jadeja to Chigumbura, no run, pushed off the front foot towards Jadeja's left

41.2

Jadeja to Chigumbura, no run, Jadeja skips to his right, collects and throws the ball back at the keeper after the batsman stepped out and played it back down the pitch

41.3

Jadeja to Chigumbura, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

41.4

Jadeja to Chigumbura, no run, Jadeja appeals after the ball darts into the right-hander but the umpire indicates it was going down leg, that hit pad before bat

41.5

Jadeja to Chigumbura, no run, defended on the off side

41.6

Jadeja to Chigumbura, no run

End of over 42 (maiden) Zimbabwe 167/5 (RR: 3.97)

    • E Chigumbura 1 (9b)
    • Sikandar Raza 81 (108b 6x4 2x6)
    • RA Jadeja 10-3-33-0
    • Mohammed Shami 7-1-29-1

Andrew: "Raza is going to join the list the rookies who got their first century against India and eventually turned out to be superstars for their respective countries."

42.1

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, Raza moves across his stumps to a full ball and tries to golf swing it to the cow corner boundary, he makes no contact

42.2

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, no run, another loose swing against a length ball outside off stump, makes no contact, he's just lost his concentration here

42.3

Mohammed Shami to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, this time he waits for the ball and steers it towards third man

yethin: "Anything under 240 and this Indian batting lineup feels no pressure. As has been so evident lately."

42.4

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, FOUR, short ball outside off, Chigumbura stands his ground and pulls, placing the ball into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary

42.5

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, no run, a full ball outside off stump, Chigumbura tries to drive away from his body and is beaten

42.6

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, FOUR, excellent placement! Chigumbura did not have much room to work with but he managed to stay balanced and loft the length ball on the up over extra cover

End of over 43 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 176/5 (RR: 4.09)

    • E Chigumbura 9 (12b 2x4)
    • Sikandar Raza 82 (111b 6x4 2x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 8-1-38-1
    • RA Jadeja 10-3-33-0

"Boundaries Have been dried up since The Exit Of Taylor..Not good Batting By Zimbabwe :/" said Nabeel before that previous over.

43.1

Mishra to Sikandar Raza, OUT, Raza had just lost his composure in the last 20 minutes and he's now been bowled by a short googly. He had moved forward a bit too early and so wasn't balanced as he tried to go back and pull across the line. The ball passed under his shot and hit middle stump

Sikandar Raza b Mishra 82 (184m 112b 6x4 2x6) SR: 73.21

Nduru: "History has shown that it is very difficult to post a big score batting first in winter at Harare. India did the right thing and will have no difficulty chasing down the score since it gets much easier to bat after lunch."

43.2

Mishra to Mutombodzi, no run, defended towards the bowler

43.3

Mishra to Mutombodzi, 1 run, chipped in the air but it falls short of the fielder running in from cover

43.4

Mishra to Chigumbura, no run, played back to the bowler from deep in his crease

43.5

Mishra to Chigumbura, 2 runs, a full ball outside off and Chigumbura tees off, slogging across the line and heaving towards wide long-on

43.6

Mishra to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, defended on the off side

Navin Srivastava: "Historically average score on this pitch is around 220 thus, 235+ will be a Good total for ZIM to defend against relatively inexperienced side..."

End of over 44 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 180/6 (RR: 4.09)

    • E Chigumbura 12 (15b 2x4)
    • CT Mutombodzi 1 (2b)
    • A Mishra 9-1-31-3
    • Mohammed Shami 8-1-38-1
44.1

Vinay Kumar to Chigumbura, 1 run, nudged off the back foot through midwicket

Kiran: "Elton Chigumbura has never been dismissed by India in ODI's, always been not out, 24 being the highest." He has two not outs before this.

Vijay: "India has learned the art of controlling the middle overs. Whatever can happen in the start or the end they squeeze out the oppoistion while bowling and outscore while batting. That has been their main success story"

44.2

Vinay Kumar to Mutombodzi, 1 run, good length around off, Mutombodzi stays in his crease and dabs towards point

44.3

Vinay Kumar to Chigumbura, FOUR, with fine leg up in the circle, Chigumbura sways towards the off side to get inside the line of the short ball and hooks, he clears the in field and collects a boundary

44.4

Vinay Kumar to Chigumbura, FOUR, that's a rubbish ball, short and wide outside off stump, Chigumbura simply chips it towards the third man boundary

44.5

Vinay Kumar to Chigumbura, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long on for a single

44.6

Vinay Kumar to Mutombodzi, no run, in the blockhole this time, dug out towards midwicket

End of over 45 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 191/6 (RR: 4.24)

    • CT Mutombodzi 2 (4b)
    • E Chigumbura 22 (19b 4x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 8-1-47-0
    • A Mishra 9-1-31-3

Nisarg: "@Navin Srivastava, Apart from Shikhar & Rayudu, all the batsmen from top 7 has played more than 50 ODIs. How come this be an inexperince line-up?"

Karthik: "@Navin: Relatively inexperienced side? I dont find any change in the top 7 of the Indian batting line-up, except one change - Rayudu for MSD."

45.1

Mishra to Chigumbura, FOUR, that's a long hop, Chigumbura goes back and pulls it into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary, he had so much time to hit that

45.2

Mishra to Chigumbura, 1 run, the tossed up leg break outside off, Chigumbura drove it through point with the turn

45.3

Mishra to Mutombodzi, 1 leg bye, Mutombodzi nudges the flat and fast ball off his pads on the leg side

45.4

Mishra to Chigumbura, no run, that's the straight one and the batsman plays it with a straight bat towards the bowler

45.5

Mishra to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven from the crease through cover

Rahul: "During Champions trophy people believed Vinay Kumar should be given a chance, here he got it and even after a good start turned out to be the most expensive bowler !!"

45.6

Mishra to Mutombodzi, SIX, that's a terrific shot! Mutombodzi clears his front foot to create hitting space, he then gets down on one knee, gets under a flighted ball and lofts the leg break with the turn over the extra cover boundary

End of over 46 (13 runs) Zimbabwe 204/6 (RR: 4.43)

    • CT Mutombodzi 8 (6b 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 28 (23b 5x4)
    • A Mishra 10-1-43-3
    • R Vinay Kumar 8-1-47-0
46.1

Vinay Kumar to Chigumbura, 1 run, a low full toss and Chigumbura hits it through square leg for a single

46.2

Vinay Kumar to Mutombodzi, OUT, caught at point! A short of a length ball with lots of width outside off. It's there to be cut and Mutombodzi goes hard at the ball. But he doesn't place it and hits it straight to Dhawan at point. A couple of feet on either side and that would have been four

CT Mutombodzi c Dhawan b Vinay Kumar 8 (12m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 114.28

46.3

Vinay Kumar to Utseya, no run, Utseya pushes his first ball towards cover

46.4

Vinay Kumar to Utseya, 2 runs, Utseya moves on to the front foot and drives through cover

46.5

Vinay Kumar to Utseya, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards point for a quick single

Brett: "Zimbabwe should be happy they have given the bowlers something to bowl at. They have done a lot worse before."

46.6

Vinay Kumar to Chigumbura, SIX, Chigumbura has ruined Vijay's tight over, getting under a full ball on middle and leg and carting it over deep midwicket, that's on to the grass banks

End of over 47 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 214/7 (RR: 4.55)

    • E Chigumbura 35 (25b 5x4 1x6)
    • P Utseya 3 (3b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 9-1-57-1
    • A Mishra 10-1-43-3
47.1

Mohammed Shami to Utseya, 1 run, well bowled, in the blockhole and Utseya squeezes it out past the bowler for a single

47.2

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, no run, another full ball, nearly in the blockhole, the batsman forces it out towards cover point

47.3

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, no run, another blockhole delivery, there's no getting under this, the batsman defends towards the bowler

47.4

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, 1 run, a full toss outside off stump, Chigumbura drives towards wide long-off

47.5

Mohammed Shami to Utseya, 1 run, a full toss on the pads this time, Utseya clips it along the ground to deep midwicket

47.6

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, no run, Chigumbura plays the swipe across the line too early and is hit on the body by a good length ball

Kapil: "If ZIM reach 235, it would be a good score by all means and has probably ensured that India doesn't get casual in their approach by any means like they did in a couple of games against SL and WI in Caribbean"

End of over 48 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 217/7 (RR: 4.52)

    • E Chigumbura 36 (29b 5x4 1x6)
    • P Utseya 5 (5b)
    • Mohammed Shami 9-1-41-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 9-1-57-1
48.1

Unadkat to Utseya, no run, a slower ball outside off, pushed off the front foot towards point

48.2

Unadkat to Utseya, no run, in the blockhole outside off stump, defended on the off side

48.3

Unadkat to Utseya, no run, the slower ball angling across the right-hander, Utseya swipes across the line in hope and misses

48.4

Unadkat to Utseya, 1 run, driven on the front foot to long off

Chigumbura will feel the need to make these two balls count.

48.5

Unadkat to Chigumbura, FOUR, short of a length and Chigumbura smashes it! He simply stands his ground and hits the ball hard with a cross bat, beating the man at long-off on his left side

48.6

Unadkat to Chigumbura, 1 run, a full toss outside off stump, Chigumbura steers it behind square to retain strike for the final over

End of over 49 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 223/7 (RR: 4.55)

    • E Chigumbura 41 (31b 6x4 1x6)
    • P Utseya 6 (9b)
    • JD Unadkat 10-1-39-1
    • Mohammed Shami 9-1-41-1
49.1

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, 1 leg bye, a full ball on the pads, Chigumbura misses it and the batsmen run a leg bye towards square leg

Tambu: "We've seen this before. Time and time again. Prosper cannot put the sword to the opposition. He is not an attacking batsman and should not be used at the death. I'd have rather seen Jarvis. Prosper should be used in a stabilising position and brought on when there's a bit of chaos and things need ordering again."

49.2

Mohammed Shami to Utseya, no run, in the blockhole and Utseya can only push it tamely on the off side

49.3

Mohammed Shami to Utseya, 1 run, Utseya swings across the line and hits the length ball towards cow corner, they could have pushed for the second but Chigumbura wanted strike

49.4

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, 1 run, a low full toss and Chigumbura drives along the ground to Dhawan at cow corner, the fielding is swift and prevents the second

49.5

Mohammed Shami to Utseya, 1 run, a full toss and Utseya slogs it towards long on, he mis-timed that

49.6

Mohammed Shami to Chigumbura, 1 run, a slower ball to finish and the batsman hits it down the ground to long on, they don't even attempt a second and I can't understand that really

12.35 pm Zimbabwe will not be entirely unhappy with that batting effort though they would have wanted 20 more runs, given the platform they had. They lost too many wickets between overs 30 and 40. India, on the other hand, will be quite confident of chasing down this middling total. Their bowlers did not strike early but they kept control over the scoring rate all the way through Zimbabwe's innings. We'll be back in 40 minutes for the chase.

Balaji: "Chigumbura record of being unbeaten against india continues... Valuable knock i say!!"

End of over 50 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 228/7

    • E Chigumbura 43 (34b 6x4 1x6)
    • P Utseya 8 (12b)
    • Mohammed Shami 10-1-45-1
    • JD Unadkat 10-1-39-1
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