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1st T20I, Harare, Jul 17 2015, India tour of Zimbabwe
178/5
(20 ov, target 179)124/7
India won by 54 runs
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• The Report by Arun Venugopal

India top order, spinners muzzle Zimbabwe

India didn't have to exert a lot as they muzzled Zimbabwe's challenge by 54 runs in the first T20 international and continued to remain unbeaten on the tour

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Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
India178/5(20 overs)
Zimbabwe124/7(20 overs)
end of over 2012 runs
ZIM: 124/7CRR: 6.20 
Neville Madziva14 (10)
Prosper Utseya13 (7)
Sandeep Sharma3-0-34-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-22-0

Thats all we have for you. Thanks for your company and your comments. Hope to see you in a couple of days time for the end of this tour with the second T20

Axar Patel is Man of the Match on T20I debut with 3 for 17: Obviously, I bowled to my strengths. Cut the pace off the ball, so batsmen cant hit me. So I was rewarded. I like the Dukes ball, more pronounced seam to grip

I think first of all we batted very well. Between 160 and 170 would be a good total and as I said at the toss, our spinners came handy. Became a little slower later on, but still the bowlers had to do well,Rahane says, No initial movement so slightly easier to bat in the first innings. The way we batted in the middle overs, taking singles and twos, that was crucial on a big ground

We were outclassed all around today. Its very disappointing, Chigumbura says, I thought we gave them 10 to 15 runs too many. And also in the second innings, the wicket got dryer and became two-paced. Became difficult to try and play some strokes. They bowled well as well, changing the pace. Mainly on the batting side was disappointing. It doesnt help when you lose wickets [spinners strangling them] Credit to the bowlers. Important to try and play our best cricket on Sunday and hopefully we get a better result

4.15 pm Only 11 boundaries. Very few singles. Zimbabwe just couldnt find a way to score. Meanwhile the required rate kept mounting; the dot-ball percentage was 50% They needed 92 runs in the final five overs, way too much to leave for the big boom. Much of that was because of Axar Patel and Harbhajan Singh, who hustled three men out in 10 balls. Just stifling line bowling, helped by a pretty slow pitch that was about as conducive for shot making as an angry porcupine is for petting

rana: "Notice the irony..... the last two batsmen have the best strike rate!"

19.6
Sandeep to Madziva, no run

jumps down the track, beaten by the yorker outside off as well. Three dot balls to end the over and Sandeep has a broad smile on his face. Good finish at least

19.5
Sandeep to Madziva, no run

nails the yorker outside off again. Beats Madziva for pace

19.4
Sandeep to Madziva, no run

wide yorker, to flummox the batsman clearing his front leg and looking to slam it over the off side. Has to let it go because hed made way too much room

19.3
6
Sandeep to Madziva, SIX runs

another short ball as hes worried about the tailended running down the track again. Madziva slaps it over mid-off again. Pat on the back from the captain again for Sandy. Given away 34 runs in less than three overs

19.2
4
Sandeep to Madziva, FOUR runs

full and angled down leg, because Madziva was making room again. Doesnt quite succeed in cramping the batsman up. Sweet drive down the ground past mid-off

19.1
2
Sandeep to Madziva, 2 runs

starts with a short one as he spots the tailender running down the track. the lack of pace, both from him and the deck, allows Madziva to hoick the ball over midwicket

Sandy for the last over

end of over 1913 runs
ZIM: 112/7CRR: 5.89 RRR: 67.00 • Need 67 from 6b
Prosper Utseya13 (7)
Neville Madziva2 (4)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-22-0
Mohit Sharma3-0-8-1
18.6
4
Bhuvneshwar to Utseya, FOUR runs

thumped to the square leg boundary as Utseya gets down on one-knee and slog sweeps the length ball away

18.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Madziva, 1 run

fuller delivery on off stump, defended behind point

18.4
Bhuvneshwar to Madziva, no run

shortish and outside off, Madziva moves away to open up the off side. But the slash through point doesnt connect

18.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Utseya, 1 run

tapped down the ground to long-on

18.2
6
Bhuvneshwar to Utseya, SIX runs

length ball, heaved away over Bhajjis head at long-on. Just over mind. Finally a little bit of intent from Zimbabwe

18.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to Madziva, 1 run

full and looking for the blockhole, driven to long-on

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 99/7CRR: 5.50 RRR: 40.00 • Need 80 from 12b
Prosper Utseya2 (4)
Neville Madziva0 (1)
Mohit Sharma3-0-8-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-9-0
17.6
Sharma to Utseya, no run

short ball, doesnt rise again. Utseya goes for a pull and is soundly beaten

17.5
1lb
Sharma to Madziva, 1 leg bye

full on leg stump, worked away to long leg

17.4
W
Sharma to Cremer, OUT

instant relief for Mohit. Its the fuller, slower ball on off stump. Cremer goes for the slog too early. Misses. Bowler hits

Graeme Cremer b Sharma 9 (19m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 64.28
17.3
Sharma to Cremer, no run

thats a slower, short ball outside off. Cremer goes for a slog, sucked into the shot way too early. Mohit and the keeper were absolutely certain there was a bottom edge there. They look absolutely bemused that umpire Tiffin doesnt give it

17.2
1
Sharma to Utseya, 1 run

goes short, Utseya was into the pull way too early. Gets an inside edge, then has to get on his bike. Cover, Rahane, was quick to the ball, whips around to throw at the right end too. But Utseya dives and does well at the bowlers end

17.1
1lb
Sharma to Cremer, 1 leg bye

full and a shade outside off. Creamer was looking to paddle it around the corner. Weathers a very tight leg before appeal. Moved quite a way across and was struck on the back leg. But even that had gone outside off

Ben: "Sandeep must bowl the 18th and 20th overs.He needs to be tested properly." ---- Wheres the test though? This games long gone. Anyway, its Mohit

end of over 176 runs
ZIM: 96/6CRR: 5.64 RRR: 27.67 • Need 83 from 18b
Prosper Utseya1 (2)
Graeme Cremer9 (11)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-9-0
Axar Patel4-0-17-3
16.6
Bhuvneshwar to Utseya, no run

good length ball outside off, slice and miss

16.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Cremer, 1 run

slower ball, on a length, clipped away to long leg

Best performances - batters
Robin Uthappa portrait
RV Uthappa INDIA
39 runs (35)
2 fours
0 six
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
12 runs
1 four
0 six
182146107
Murali Vijay portrait
M Vijay INDIA
34 runs (19)
5 fours
1 six
Control86%
Productive shot
off drive
7 runs
1 four
0 six
50344756
Best performances - bowlers
Axar Patel portrait
AR Patel INDIA
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
3
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
Chris Mpofu
CB Mpofu ZIM
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
3
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Zimbabwe
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Axar Patel
Axar Patel
Series resultIndia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 440
Hours of play (local time)13.00 start, First Session 13.00-14.20, Interval 14.20-14.40, Second Session 14.40-16.00
Match days17 July 2015 - day(20-over match)
T20I debut
Axar Patel
Axar Patel
Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav
Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey
Neville Madziva
Neville Madziva
Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma
Stuart Binny
Stuart Binny
Taurai Muzarabani
Taurai Muzarabani
Umpires
Zimbabwe Image
Jeremiah Matibiri
Zimbabwe Image
Russell Tiffin
TV Umpire
Zimbabwe Image
Langton Rusere
Reserve Umpire
Zimbabwe Image
Sifelani Rwaziyeni
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama