All star of the match

Greg Lamb has India in a spin

Tatenda Taibu stumps M Vijay off Greg Lamb, India v Zimbabwe, Tri-series, 4th ODI, Harare, June 3, 2010

Tatenda Taibu stumped M Vijay off Greg Lamb  •  DESMOND KWANDE/AFP

Just to prove that their first win over India wasn't an upset at all, Zimbabwe won even more convincingly - with a bonus point this time, making their qualification for the final a distinct possibility. The win was set on a combination of disciplined bowling and fielding, and directionless batting from India.
It was neither an exceptionally slow pitch nor had much movement, but clever bowling meant Zimbabwe were chasing an ordinary total. Even without a specialist new-ball bowler, they choked India's scoring, and kept getting regular wickets.
Zimbabwe's attack might be built on four spinners and a military-medium bowler, but they were as aggressive as fast bowlers - in intent, in field placings and in body language. Greg Lamb, who bowled a fine mixture of offbreaks and floaters that went straight on, was the pick of the bowlers with the wickets of both the openers in back-to-back overs after they had taken close to 19 overs for 63 runs. There were 182 dot balls in the innings, and just 12 boundaries - that too thanks to some late hitting from Ravindra Jadeja, who escaped two plumb lbws before going on to scoring 51.
Both India's openers had put themselves under pressure with that slow start, making it imperative to not get out after wasting so many overs. And get out they did, following each other to the pavilion. If Karthik got too adventurous with a reverse-sweep, Vijay charged at Lamb and fell to a floater that went straight as opposed to breaking in. It was smart bowling: Lamb had been bowling straighter ones throughout his spell, and this one had Vijay swinging way inside its line suggested.
To finish off what he started, Lamb returned to go for only 17 runs and a wicket in three Powerplay overs.