1st ODI, Harare, Jul 24 2013, India tour of Zimbabwe
(44.5/50 ov, target 229)
India won by 6 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
INDIA Innings
Full commentary

A simple chase for India, as was widely expected. Virat Kohli displayed his class once more, guiding the chase responsibly. Zimbabwe's bowlers struggled to trouble India, erring on the pads quite often. Ambati Rayudu looked solid at the crease on his first appearance on the international stage, staying till the very end and scoring the winning runs.

Its Presentation time. Brendan Taylor: First hour was vital, We didn't lose any wickets but we could have been a bit more proactive. Against a quality side like India we needed 270 on the board. Sikandar Raza played very well, showing good composure despite having hardly played any games. Prosper Utseya was good with the ball and hopefully next time we can come out and express ourselves a little better.

Virat Kohli is the Man-of-the-Match. Happy with the win. Always good to kick off a tour with a win and personally I was happy with the way I played. The ball was moving around a bit early on and it was all about percentage cricket, rotating the strike and then playing your shots at the end. Our bowlers did a very good job up front. The new ball was doing quite a bit in the morning and with two new balls you can't count any team out. Congratulations to Ambati Rayudu, he's got an India call-up after a long time and he's grabbed his opportunity very well.

That's all for today, folks. Thanks for joining us. Pakistan and West Indies are tussling over in St Lucia, so do go check that out. From Alagappan, it is sayonara.

Mutombodzi to Rayudu, FOUR runs
And its all over. Four off a full toss. Tame way to finish a tame game. Rayudu comes forward and caresses this through the covers to score the winning runs on his ODI debut
Mutombodzi to Karthik, 1 run
Flighted delivery and Karthik drives this down to long off
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Full and around the off stump, with a little turn. Karthik pushes it into the off side
Mutombodzi to Rayudu, 1 run
Full ball around off stump and driven to long off again
Mutombodzi to Karthik, 1 run
Good, full ball on the off stump and its driven to long off for a single
end of over 441 runs
INDIA: 223/4CRR: 5.06 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 6 runs from 36b
Dinesh Karthik6 (12)
Ambati Rayudu58 (82)
Prosper Utseya10-0-34-2
Tinotenda Mutombodzi7-0-58-0

Renish: "Karthik is without his 'war paint' on his face..a rare watch!!!"

Utseya to Karthik, 1 run
Dabbed in front of midwicket with soft hands to allow the batsmen to get the single
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Flighted ball and its driven to the off side ring
Utseya to Karthik, no run
nudged into the on side off the front foot
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Moves back to cut it but can't beat the infield
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Fuller and its pushed back to the bowler
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Pushed out to midwicket off the back foot

Vikas: "If MSD comes in now, the match will conitnue till the last over, if not the last ball!"

end of over 436 runs
INDIA: 222/4CRR: 5.16 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 7 runs from 42b
Dinesh Karthik5 (6)
Ambati Rayudu58 (82)
Tinotenda Mutombodzi7-0-58-0
Prosper Utseya9-0-33-2
Mutombodzi to Karthik, 1 run
Another sweep, but this one is straight to the fielder
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Better line now. Around off and it is defended off the front foot
Mutombodzi to Karthik, FOUR runs
Just a little down leg and Karthik is quick on the sweep. Powerful strike goes off to the fine leg boundary
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Just a tad shorter and he moves back to defend it back to the bowler
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Nice drift there. Karthik comes forward and presents a dead bat
Mutombodzi to Rayudu, 1 run
Dabbed out to deep square leg off the back foot

Raj: "Do we need MSD to finish this match?"

end of over 421 runs • 2 wicket
INDIA: 216/4CRR: 5.14 • RRR: 1.62 • Need 13 runs from 48b
Dinesh Karthik0 (1)
Ambati Rayudu57 (81)
Prosper Utseya9-0-33-2
Tinotenda Mutombodzi6-0-52-0
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Tossed up and he defends it with soft hands

Dinesh Kathik comes to the crease, with 13 runs to win. False start as Karthik walks away. Movement behind the sight screen. Slip in

Amit: "What's great about Kohli (captain or not) is the way he accelerates after reaching a milestone. Unlike a Sharma or a Karthik who perish immediately after a milestone, Kohli continues to play his shots with minimum risks and hits those fours & sixes."

Utseya to Raina, OUT
He's thrown it away. Caught at extra cover. Another flighted ball. Raina comes down the track, making a little room for himself, but he doesn't get enough elevation. A soft dismissal
SK Raina c Sikandar Raza b Utseya 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Utseya to Raina, no run
Full and on off stump. Defended

Suresh Raina is the new man. Utseya goes round the wicket

Utseya to Kohli, OUT
He's holed out in the deep! It was tossed up and Kohli came down the wicket again and struck it quite well. But Vusi Sibanda at long on takes a safe catch
V Kohli c Sibanda b Utseya 115 (133m 108b 13x4 1x6) SR: 106.48
Utseya to Kohli, no run
Yorker on leg stump. Kohli's jams his bat down just in time
Utseya to Rayudu, 1 run
Stays back, waits for the turn and plays it down to deep midwicket
end of over 4120 runs
INDIA: 215/2CRR: 5.24 • RRR: 1.55 • Need 14 runs from 54b
Virat Kohli115 (106)
Ambati Rayudu56 (80)
Tinotenda Mutombodzi6-0-52-0
Tendai Chatara9-0-30-0
Mutombodzi to Kohli, SIX runs
The Indians are getting a move on now. Kohli goes down the track and lifts the bowler straight over his head for the maximum
Mutombodzi to Rayudu, 1 run