Result
1st ODI, Harare, Jul 24 2013, India tour of Zimbabwe
228/7
(44.5/50 ov, target 229)
230/4
India won by 6 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Another Kohli ton in a chase, another India win

Virat Kohli hit his 15th ODI century as India easily hunted down 229 to defeat Zimbabwe in the opening encounter

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe228/7(50 overs)
India230/4(44.5 overs)

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.

44.5
4
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
44.4
1
Mutombodzi to Karthik, 1 run
Flighted delivery and Karthik drives this down to long off
44.3
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Full and around the off stump, with a little turn. Karthik pushes it into the off side
44.2
1
Mutombodzi to Rayudu, 1 run
Full ball around off stump and driven to long off again
44.1
1
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 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!!!"

43.6
1
Utseya to Karthik, 1 run
Dabbed in front of midwicket with soft hands to allow the batsmen to get the single
43.5
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Flighted ball and its driven to the off side ring
43.4
Utseya to Karthik, no run
nudged into the on side off the front foot
43.3
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Moves back to cut it but can't beat the infield
43.2
Utseya to Karthik, no run
Fuller and its pushed back to the bowler
43.1
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 from 42b
Dinesh Karthik5 (6)
Ambati Rayudu58 (82)
Tinotenda Mutombodzi7-0-58-0
Prosper Utseya9-0-33-2
42.6
1
Mutombodzi to Karthik, 1 run
Another sweep, but this one is straight to the fielder
42.5
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Better line now. Around off and it is defended off the front foot
42.4
4
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
42.3
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Just a tad shorter and he moves back to defend it back to the bowler
42.2
Mutombodzi to Karthik, no run
Nice drift there. Karthik comes forward and presents a dead bat
42.1
1
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 from 48b
Dinesh Karthik0 (1)
Ambati Rayudu57 (81)
Prosper Utseya9-0-33-2
Tinotenda Mutombodzi6-0-52-0
41.6
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

Best performances - batsmen
V Kohli
115 runs (108)
13 fours
1 sixes
Control94%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
34 runs
4 fours
1 sixes
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Sikandar Raza
82 runs (112)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
19 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
753151113325
Best performances - bowlers
A Mishra
O
10
M
1
R
43
W
3
Eco
4.30
P Utseya
O
10
M
0
R
34
W
2
Eco
3.40
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of Zimbabwe
Player Of The Match
Virat Kohli
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3395
Season2013
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30, Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Match days24 July 2013 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Ambati Rayudu
Jaydev Unadkat
Umpires
Russell Tiffin
Bruce Oxenford
TV Umpire
Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
Langton Rusere
Match Referee
Chris Broad