Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The stronger team won the day. Simple as that. It was absolutely top effort from Ervine. Right from the start, he looked so cool, so collected and in control. Much credit to Taylor who laid the platform with a responsible innings.

Sudha: "As an Indian supporter, am a bit disappointed. But what a game by Zimbabwe and Erwine! But when a country has seen such a turmoil on the political and economic fronts, its amazing to see the never-say-die spirit in the way they played today. Congratulations to Zimbabwe. "

Please hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.

Suresh Raina: "They batted really well. They had a good partnership. We didn't bowl well, couple of guys are playing their first games. hopefully we will learn from this. Mishra bowled well, Jadeja too. We need to work on our bowling and fielding department and come back."

Chigumbura: "I left the team down a bit in the morning with my bowling. The batsmen played really well. Only one seamer, Chris, bowled well but the spinners bowled really well for us. It was a good start .. credit for Ervine and he has to make sure that he gets consistent. He played very well today."

Man of the Match is Brendon Taylor: " I am very happy. It (man of the match) doesn't come often. I have always enjoyed my keeping. We basically wanted to bat through. Try not to lose too many wickets and give it a go later. We just wanted to knock it around in the middle overs. We knew Elton and Blignaut and Coventry to come in. It was a good all round performance on a flat wicket. It was nice to see all the guys chipping in."

That's it from us. The stronger team won the day. Simple as that. Thanks for logging on.

48.2
4
Dinda to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, That must taste real sweet. Zimbabwe have clinched a comfortable win. They have done it with 10 balls to spare. It was the short delivery and Chigumbura goes for the pull and top edges it over the keeper. Fabulous innings from Ervine. And Chigumbura made sure the debutant's effort didn't go to waste.

Just one more now.

48.1
3
Dinda to Ervine, 3 runs, full pitched on the middle and leg line, whipped through midwicket

END OF OVER:
48 | 12 Runs | ZIM: 282/4 (4 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.87, RRR: 2.00)

  • Craig Ervine64 (59b)
  • Elton Chigumbura20 (15b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja10-0-51-1
  • Ashok Dinda7-0-42-0

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47.6
1
Jadeja to Ervine, 1 run, turns this to square-leg for a single
47.5
4
Jadeja to Ervine, FOUR runs, Another full toss and what's more it was on the leg stump! Ervine was not going to miss out on that one; he lifts it over midwicket
47.4
4
Jadeja to Ervine, FOUR runs, Ervine rocks! He goes down on his knee, fetches the full toss from outside off and sweeps it to the square-leg boundary.
47.3
1
Jadeja to Chigumbura, 1 run, rushes down the track and has a big heave .. doesn't connect well but the ball rolls to deep midwicket
47.2
1
Jadeja to Ervine, 1 run, full and on the legs ... Ervine tries to whip it to the on side and slices it towards long-on
47.1
1
Jadeja to Chigumbura, 1 run, full delivery outside off, driven to long-off

Robert Brown: "now it is keeping one's head. Noting rash and Zimbabwe win.:

END OF OVER:
47 | 8 Runs | ZIM: 270/4 (16 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.74, RRR: 5.33)

  • Elton Chigumbura18 (13b)
  • Craig Ervine54 (55b)
  • Ashok Dinda7-0-42-0
  • Umesh Yadav8-0-48-0

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46.6
1
Dinda to Chigumbura, 1 run, full and straight, driven down to long-on . End of the over.
46.5
4
Dinda to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, That's the game breaker, surely? Dinda slips in a full toss and Chigumbura whacks it over mid-off
46.4
0
Dinda to Chigumbura, no run, charges down the track, Dinda fires it full and the ball goes under the big swing of the bat and to DK
46.3
1
Dinda to Ervine, 1 run, yorker from Dinda but Ervine stays calm, doesn't have a big back-lift and runs it to third man
46.2
2
Dinda to Ervine, 2 runs, reaches forward to squeeze the full delivery to right of third man for couple of runs
46.1
0
Dinda to Ervine, no run, full toss but no run. hmmm .. it was outside off and Ervine went for the cover drive but made contact with the bottom of the bat

24 from 24. Dinda to bowl.

END OF OVER:
46 | 18 Runs | ZIM: 262/4 (24 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.69, RRR: 6.00)

  • Elton Chigumbura13 (10b)
  • Craig Ervine51 (52b)
  • Umesh Yadav8-0-48-0
  • Ashok Dinda6-0-34-0
45.6
4
Yadav to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, What a fabulicious thwack! The Zimbabwe captain clears the front foot and smashes the length delivery to the wide midwicket boundary.
45.5
1
Yadav to Ervine, 1 run, yorker length on the middle and off, turned to midwicket
45.4
4
Yadav to Ervine, FOUR runs, he loves those pull shots. Yummy! It was short in length and Ervine pulls it to the midwicket boundary. Yusuf rushes after it and makes a diving stop. his elbow has touched the boundary line as he was about to push it back. ... Third umpire, rightly, reckons it's a four. And stand up and applaud. It's fifty for the debutant. Calm. Cool. solid. very impressive.

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st88H MasakadzaBRM Taylor
2nd63GA LambBRM Taylor
3rd25BRM TaylorCR Ervine
4th55CK CoventryCR Ervine
5th58E ChigumburaCR Ervine