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Zimbabwe vs India Ball by Ball Commentary

20 Aug, 2022 12:45 (IST)

Result

India in Zimbabwe, 3 ODI Series, 2022- Match

Zimbabwe

161/10

38.1 overs
vs

India

167/5

25.4 overs
India beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets

Harare Sports Club, Harare

That's it then from this game and it is India who have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. There is however one more game left in the series and Zimbabwe will be looking to finish off with a win. The 3rd and final ODI will be played on Monday, 22nd August and will begin at 12.45 pm IST (7.15 am GMT) but our build-up will begin sooner. Do join us then. Till then, take care and goodbye!
KL Rahul, the Indian captain, says that they bat deep and it was good that a few batters got some time in the middle. Smiles and says that changing his batting order didn't work. Tells that it was important for him to take some confidence from this series but it didn't happen for him in this match. Adds that Zimbabwe have a few quality bowlers in their ranks and shares that he watched Zimbabwe's series against Bangladesh. Calls it a good challenge for their batters. Informs that it will be a rest day for them on Sunday. Thanks the spectators for turning up and supporting them.
Sanju Samson is the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 43 and three catches behind the stumps. Says that when you spend time in the middle, you feel really good. Adds that he is happy to take three catches but at the same time smiles and reminds us that he missed out on a couple of chances as well. Mentions that in this match their fast bowlers picked up the good areas fairly early and he loved his time behind the stumps.
Regis Chakabva, the captain of Zimbabwe, says that they had a really good fight on the field and is happy that they picked a few wickets. Regrets that there were not enough runs on the board. Admits that their batting lacks execution and hopes to improve. Praises his bowlers for coming out charging and hitting the good areas.
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There was no improvement shown by Zimbabwe in this game with the bat. They lost a crucial toss and their batting didn't perform to its true potential. There were plenty of avoidable shots played and the end result was 161 all out, 28 less than the first ODI. Unless and until this facet of their game puts in the hard yards, there is no hope for them, even in the last ODI. India, on the other hand, got the chance to give some exposure to their middle-order batters and achieved most of the things from this contest.
The approach from India in the chase was different compared to the first ODI. Their focus was more on scoring at a quick rate rather than being sedate and preserving the wickets. The move to use KL Rahul as an opener and give him some much-needed 'game time' didn't work as he departed cheaply. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill though played sublime knocks and displayed their form once again. The rest of the work of closing the game was done with ease by the stand between Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda, who got out with the victory in sight.
An easy win for India, yet again, but this time around, they spent a few wickets to reach the target. Unlike their batters, the Zimbabwean bowlers improved their show with the ball, showing good pace and bowling with a lot of heart. That said, the consistency factor was still missing, and this is something they will need to improve. Right then, 14 wins in a row for India now in ODIs, against Zimbabwe, and they've sealed the deal here.
25.4 6

SIX! High and handsome! Fuller in length, around off, Sanju Samson was waiting for a ball to fall in his hitting zone. As soon as he finds one, Samson hammers it over long on for a biggie. INDIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS with 146 balls to spare!

25.3 0

Short again, around off, punched to covers.

25.2 0

Around off, and a touch short again, Samson defends it from the back foot.

25.1 0

Short and outside off, Samson mistimes his cut shot and it rolls near the playing area.

Score after 25 overs : 161/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

S Samson

37 (35)

A Patel

6 (7)

W Madhevere

1-0-7-0

24.6 1

Quicker delivery on the pads, Samson eases it to deep mid-wicket for a single and stretches the match into the next over. Scores are level.

24.5 0

Shortish and on middle, Samson forces it off his back foot to mid on. No run.

24.5 wd 1

Wide! Wesley fires this one flat and down the leg side, Samson allows it through.

24.4 1

Flatter and shorter on off, punched down to long off for one.

24.3 0

Quicker one, around off, Patel goes back and punches it in the direction of the bowler. Wesley picks it up on his left side.

24.2 4

FOUR! Bang! Short in length and wide outside off, Axar Patel camps back and whacks it through point for a cracking boundary. India are one hit away now.

24.1 0

Loopy and full, around off, Patel defends it near his front pad.

Score after 24 overs : 154/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Patel

1 (3)

S Samson

36 (33)

S Raza

4-0-16-1

23.6 1

Short this time, around off, Patel punches it towards covers where the fielder dives and parries it towards mid off. They cross. 8 needed more.

23.5 0

Fires it in, full and on off, Axar defends it off the front foot.

23.4 0

Fuller and around off, Patel drives it towards covers.

Axar Patel comes out to bat with India needing 9 runs to win.
23.3 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! Sikandar Raza brings yet another success for Zimbabwe and gives the reason to smile and roar for the home crowd. This one is fired in around off, right in the blockhole, Deepak Hooda is late in bringing his bat down and loses his stumps. Victory is in sight for India and Hooda would have loved to stay out there till the end.

23.2 1

Quicker and fuller on off, it's forced down to long off for a run.

23.1 0

Flatter and around leg, Samson flicks but finds square leg.

Score after 23 overs : 152/4

Runs Scored

13 Runs

D Hooda

25 (35)

S Samson

35 (31)

S Williams

1-0-13-0

22.6 0

Flatter and shorter on off, Hooda cuts but this time finds Raza at point. 10 needed more.

22.5 0

Full again, outside off, Hooda strokes it through the line but finds the diving extra cover fielder.

22.4 1

Loopy and full around off, Samson drives it down to long off for a single.

22.3 6

SIX! This one also goes the distance! Williams drags his length short as a result of the last shot, it's around leg, Samson turns and hoists it over backward square leg for a biggie. The 50-run stand comes up.

22.2 6

SIX! A flat hit! Flighted delivery, full and around off, Sanju Samson shimmies down the track and thwacks it over long off for a maximum.

22.1 0

Edgy! Floated one, full and around off, Samson tries to defend but it grips and takes the outside edge. Rolls away to short third man.

Sean Williams to roll his arms now.

Score after 22 overs : 139/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Samson

22 (27)

D Hooda

25 (33)

S Raza

3-0-14-0

21.6 1

Presses forward to a full ball and eases it down to long off for a run. 23 needed more for an early finish.

21.5 1

Raza drags his length short and serves it outside off, Hooda cuts it to deep point for one.

21.4 0

Quicker and on middle, Hooda goes back and whips it towards mid-wicket where the fielder makes a diving stop.

21.3 1

Fuller and on off, Samson plays a punchy drive down to long off for a run.

21.2 0

Loopy and full, around off, Samson gets forward and wrists it to mid-wicket.

21.1 0

Fullish and on off, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot.

Score after 21 overs : 136/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

D Hooda

24 (31)

S Samson

20 (23)

B Evans

4-0-21-0

20.6 0

Evans goes short on middle, Hooda arches back and tries to play the ramp shoot at the last moment. Fails to connect. 26 needed more.

20.5 0

Slower one, on a length around off, Hooda defends it from the crease.

20.4 4

FOUR! Wow! Fuller in length and around off, Deepak finds it in his zone and crunches it handsomely over extra cover for a boundary.

20.3 2

Lovely stop in the deep! Short in length and outside off, with some extra bounce, Hooda does well to steer it away through backward point. The ball races away and Luke Jongwe makes a fine diving stop, running across to his right from third man. Saves two runs.

20.2 0

Gets on the front foot and pushes a length ball to point.

20.1 0

A length ball on off, Hooda defends it from the inner half of his bat and it rolls behind towards the keeper.

Score after 20 overs : 130/4

Runs Scored

10 Runs

S Samson

20 (23)

D Hooda

18 (25)

S Raza

2-0-11-0

19.6 0

Drops it a bit short and on the pads, Samson rocks back and works it straight towards square leg.

19.5 0

Quicker delivery, speared in on middle and leg, Samson defends it out.

19.4 0

Slows it up a touch and bowls it around middle, Samson leans on and pushes it to the right of the bowler.

19.3 6

SIX! BOOM! This is fired in on middle and leg, Sanju Samson stays put and just clubs it over the wide long on fence for a maximum.

19.2 0

Quicker and flatter, around off, Samson taps it towards covers.

19.1 4

FOUR! This is tossed up on off, Sanju Samson skips down the track and absolutely hammers it to the left of the bowler. The ball rockets into the fence at long off.

Score after 19 overs : 120/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Samson

10 (17)

D Hooda

18 (25)

B Evans

3-0-15-0

18.6 1

This is full and on the pads, Sanju Samson clips it away past square leg and picks up a single.

18.6 wd 1

WIDE! And again! This time it is over middle and yet again the ball goes over the batter's helmet resulting in another wide.

18.6 wd 1

WIDE! An attempted bumper over off but the ball flies over the batter's head. A wide is called.

18.5 0

Good length, on the fourth stump line, Samson hangs back and taps it towards point.

18.4 1

Back of a length, over middle, Hooda plays it off the back foot and towards square leg for just a single.

18.3 0

On a good length and around off, the ball jags back in a long way. Hooda goes onto the back foot and keeps it out.

18.2 0

Around off, pushed away onto the off side.

18.1 0

DROPPED! This is pitched up on middle, Deepak Hooda punches it as straight as an arrow and firmly too. Brad Evans sticks out his right hand while in followthrough but it's one of those that either stick or don't and this one didn't stick.

Score after 18 overs : 116/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Samson

9 (15)

D Hooda

17 (21)

S Raza

1-0-1-0

17.6 0

Length again around middle and leg, Sanju Samson plays it out with soft hands. Just the one run off Raza's first over.

17.5 0

A tad shorter and around middle, this is defended back towards the bowler.

17.4 0

Slows it up a touch and bowls it on a length around off. Sanju Samson blocks it out on the off side.

17.3 0

Flatter trajectory, bowled around middle and leg, Samson keeps it out.

17.2 1

This is pushed through fuller and around off, Hooda strokes it away through covers and picks up a single.

17.1 0

Starts off with a length ball, around off, Hooda defends it from inside the crease.

Score after 17 overs : 115/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Samson

9 (11)

D Hooda

16 (19)

T Chivanga

7-0-38-1

16.6 4

FOUR! Crunched! Full and straight, Sanju Samson clears the front leg and drills it uppishly back past the bowler for a boundary. The Free Hit does come good for India.

Sikandar Raza is introduced into the attack now. 47 needed more.
16.6 nb 1

NO BALL! Ouch, that must have hurt! Tanaka Chivanga loses grip of the ball and serves a high full toss around the chest of the batter. Sanju Samson looks to play at it but gets a blow flush on the gloves. He looks fine though and a Free Hit will follow.

16.5 0

A touch fuller and around middle, this is driven straight towards mid on.

16.4 0

A bit of a mix-up but no harm is done. Length again, this is stroked away towards mid off. Deepak Hooda looks for the single but is sent back and rightly so as the fielder scores a direct hit at the bowler's end and it would have been close had they attempted a run.

16.3 0

On a good length and around off, Samson mistimes the shot on the up and towards extra cover.

16.2 0

Back of a length, over middle, Samson defends it back onto the deck.

16.1 1

Hard length, around off, Deepak Hooda slashes it away behind point and collects a run.

Score after 16 overs : 109/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

D Hooda

15 (18)

S Samson

5 (5)

L Jongwe

4-0-33-2

15.6 1

Length ball, around off, Hooda pushes it out towards cover for one.

15.5 4

FOUR! Well played! A slower bumper from Jongwe now, over middle and leg. Deepak Hooda bends his back and looks to duck but at the last moment, he just ramps it over the keeper and into the fence for another boundary.

15.4 1

This is around the hips, Samson looks to pull it behind square but mistimes it towards mid-wicket and picks up a single.

15.3 4

FOUR! An elegant stroke from Sanju Samson and the 100 is up for India. Good length, a bit outside off, Samson stands tall and caresses it in front of square on the off side for a boundary.

15.2 0

Aggressive from Jongwe and it is a good bouncer. This is over middle and rises up to a difficult height for the batter. Sanju Samson lets it go past his helmet.

15.1 1

This is full and on the pads, Hooda works it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Score after 15 overs : 98/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Samson

0 (2)

D Hooda

9 (15)

T Chivanga

6-0-32-1

14.6 0

Excellent delivery to end the over, just the single off it. This is bowled shorter and close to the off pole. The ball moves away after pitching and Samson does well to sway away from the line of the ball.

14.5 0

Around the top of off, Sanju Samson stays watchful in defense.

14.4 1

Length again but this is pushed a bit wider, Hooda slashes it away down to third man for just a single.

14.3 0

No run there! Good length, angled into middle and leg. Hooda backs away and bunts it out towards cover-point looking to steal a run but he is sent back.

14.2 0

It's pitched up around off, Hooda punches it towards extra cover.

14.1 0

Chivanga comes back into the attack and bowls it on a fuller length on off. The ball angles in and Hooda blocks it out.

Drinks break. India have lost four wickets in this chase but they are in full control. 65 needed more for them to take an unsurpassable lead in the series. Their approach with the bat is different from the first ODI. The Indian batters have looked to play more shots and score at a brisk rate. Sanju Samson walks in next and we expect him to bat with positive intent as well. Tanaka Chivanga is back on...

Score after 14 overs : 97/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Gill

33 (34)

D Hooda

8 (11)

L Jongwe

3-0-22-2

13.6 W 0

OUT! Straight to the man! Luke Jongwe mixes up his length and bangs this one in halfway down the track. It is short and wide and Shubman Gill goes after it. Gill has to leap up as he looks to upper-cut but can't control the lofted shot. The ball goes straight down the throat of the man at the third man fence and Brad Evans pouches it safely. Gill ends up giving his wicket away and Jongwe strikes again!

13.5 4

FOUR! A genuine half-volley and it has been put away. This is outside off, Shubman Gill thrashes it away without perfect timing but through covers and collects a boundary.

13.4 1

Very full and outside off, Deepak Hooda opens the face of the bat and squeezes it to the right of third man for just a single.

13.3 0

Good length and on the body, Hooda stands tall and works it towards mid-wicket.

13.2 0

Around the top of off, Hooda looks to drive but mistimes it back towards the bowler.

13.1 1

A touch fuller and angled onto the pads, Gill whips it away past square leg and rotates the strike.

Score after 13 overs : 91/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Hooda

7 (8)

S Gill

28 (31)

B Evans

2-0-11-0

12.6 0

Hard length, a bit outside off, Hooda mistimes the punch towards cover.

12.5 4

FOUR! Lovely shot! Pitched up around off, Deepak Hooda leans in and creams it through covers for a glorious boundary.

12.5 wd 1

WIDE! A stifled appeal for caught-behind but it is called a wide. This is on a good length and angling down leg, Hooda misses the flick but the ball seems to have just brushed the pads. The umpire signals a wide. The replays find that there was no contact.

12.4 0

Length again, around off, Hooda presses forward to defend.

12.3 0

Well bowled! Brad Evans follows it up with a sharp bouncer! This is over middle and rushing the batter. Hooda does well to get out of the way.

12.2 0

NOT OUT! Just sliding down then. Brad Evans serves a fullish ball and angles it into middle and leg. The ball skids on as Deepak Hooda looks to flick it away. Hooda gets a bit squared up and misses and the ball thuds into the pads. There is a huge appeal but it is turned down. Regis Chakabva does opt for the review but Ball Tracking confirms that the ball is missing the leg stump.

Time for the DRS. The batter in question is Deepak Hooda. It looks to be sliding down. Let's see. Nothing on the UltraEdge. The Ball Tracking shows that it's missing the leg stump.
12.1 0

Hard length, around middle, Hooda looks to turn it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat early and gets a leading edge in front of the bowler.

Score after 12 overs : 86/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Hooda

3 (2)

S Gill

28 (31)

L Jongwe

2-0-16-1

11.6 3

Sweetly timed and that's excellent running as well. Good length, around off, Hooda plays it on the up and gets it through covers. The man from cover-point chases it down but the batters race back for the third.

11.5 0

Length ball, around middle, Deepak Hooda nudges it towards mid-wicket.

Deepak Hooda is in next at number 5. 79 needed more.
11.4 W 0

OUT! DRAGGED ON! Ishan Kishan chases a wide one and pays the price. This is bowled fuller and wider outside the off stump. Kishan leans in and looks to drive away from the body. The ball is a bit too wide and the inside edge is found. It goes on to hit the stumps and Kishan departs after a low score. Luke Jongwe is absolutely delighted and Zimbabwe showing a bit of fight with the ball here.

11.3 1

This is banged in short and around off, Gill quickly gets on top of the bounce and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

11.2 0

On middle, this is flicked away towards mid-wicket.

11.1 1

Sloppy fielding. Length ball, around off and this is tapped towards backward point where the fielder fumbles and allows the single.

Score after 11 overs : 81/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Gill

27 (29)

I Kishan

5 (11)

B Evans

1-0-6-0

10.6 4

FOUR! Edged and through! What a let-off this is as the keeper and the first slip fielder look at each other in disbelief. Perfect length, angled into off and this one just holds its line. Shubman Gill pushes at it with hard hands and gets the outside edge. The ball goes in between the keeper and first slip but they stand still, looking at each other to make the move. The ball runs through that gap and finds the boundary line.

10.5 1

A tad shorter and outside off, Kishan rocks back and opens the face of the bat to steer it past backward point for a run.

10.4 0

Just short of a good length and angling into the body, Kishan hops and defends it down on the leg side.

10.3 0

Switches to around the wicket for the left-hander and bowls it around the top of off. Ishan Kishan gets right behind it and makes the block.

10.2 1

Length ball, angling into the pads, Gill hangs back and tucks it away through mid-wicket for a single.

10.1 0

Evans starts off with a good-length ball over middle, Gill keeps it down on the leg side.

Score after 10 overs : 75/2

Runs Scored

11 Runs

S Gill

22 (26)

I Kishan

4 (8)

L Jongwe

1-0-11-0

9.6 1

Pitches it up and around off, Gill drives it off the front foot to wide mid off. Collects a single. At the end of Powerplay 1, India have raced to 75 for 2.

Powerplay 2! The bowling team is now allowed to have a maximum of 4 players outside the inner ring till the 40th over but this game is not going to last till then. Here comes Brad Evans...
9.6 wd 1

Wide! Drifting down the leg side, Gill fails to flick and this time Chakabva makes a diving stop.

9.5 0

Angling in from around off, it's helped to short mid-wicket.

9.4 4

FOUR! What a shot! Fuller in length and around off, Shubman Gill shows the full face of his bat and caresses it straight down the ground for a sublime boundary. Elegance.

9.3 0

In the zone outside off, left alone.

9.3 wd 5

FIVE WIDES! The charity work continues. A wayward delivery, down the leg side, Gill leaves it alone after thinking to flick and this time Regis Chakabva fails to collect the ball cleanly. It races behind and finds the fence at fine leg.

9.2 0

Fuller and on off, angling in, Gill flicks it across the line and the short mid-wicket fielder makes a half stop. He deflects it towards mid on.

9.1 0

Short in length and wide outside off, Shubman Gill chops his attempted square cut towards point. He will be disappointed with himself for not putting that away.

Luke Jongwe comes in as first change for Zimbabwe.

Score after 9 overs : 64/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

I Kishan

4 (8)

S Gill

17 (20)

T Chivanga

5-0-31-1

8.6 0

Tanaka Chivanga goes short and around off, this one stays a bit low, Kishan mistimes his shot from the back foot towards cover-point.

8.5 0

Delivers it on a full length and outside off, Kishan reaches out and pushes it with an angled bat to point.

8.4 0

Fuller and around off, Kishan presses forward and closes the face of his bat to push it away towards short mid-wicket.

8.3 0

Beaten! Shortish and outside off, Kishan hangs his bat out to dry and gets beaten.

8.3 wd 1

Wide! Extra pace and bounce but it's down the leg side, Kishan tries to flick but misses. Not for the first time, Regis Chakabva is seen diving full-stretch to collect the ball.

8.2 0

Pitches up around off, Kishan forces it off the front foot, towards mid off.

8.1 1

Around off, on a good length, Gill works it through square leg for a run.

Score after 8 overs : 62/2

Runs Scored

11 Runs

S Gill

16 (19)

I Kishan

4 (3)

V Nyauchi

4-0-32-1

7.6 1

Fuller and outside off, Gill walks forward and drives it towards wide mid off. They take a quick run. India are scoring at a better rate than the first ODI.

7.5 4

FOUR! Glorious! Nyauchi delivers it full and outside off, Shubman Gill leans forward and thumps it through the gap at covers for a boundary.

7.4 0

Back of a length, on top of off, Gill plays it down from the back foot to covers.

7.3 4

FOUR! Bang! Short in length and outside off, Shubman Gill rocks on the back foot and whacks it through cover-point for a boundary.

7.2 0

Full and around off, Shubman Gill uses the angle and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.

7.1 1

Short and around off, Kishan leans back and cuts it through backward point for one.

7.1 wd 1

Wide! Drifting down the leg side, Kishan fails to flick and Regis Chakabva dives across to his right to collect the ball.

Score after 7 overs : 51/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

S Gill

7 (14)

I Kishan

3 (2)

T Chivanga

4-0-29-1

6.6 0

Full in length and close to off, Gill closes the face of his bat and gets an inside edge onto the front foot. It deflects to point. End of an eventful over, 10 runs and a wicket from it.

6.5 1

Again, some extra bounce, from a shortish length outside off, Kishan controls well and runs it down to third man for one.

6.4 2

In the air but safe! A length ball is angling in from around off, with some extra bounce as Kishan flicks it in the air. It flies over mid-wicket and he gets off the mark with a couple. 50 up!

6.4 wd 1

Wide! Short in length and wide outside off, shaping away, Kishan leaves.

Ishan Kishan is the new man in.
6.3 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Chivanga takes his revenge and roars in delight. An excellent change in length from him to surprise the batter. He digs it in short around off at 81 mph and hurries up Dhawan who shapes up to pull. He completely mistimes his shot in the air and Innocent Kaia moves forward and across from square leg to take a simple catch. Unlike the last game, Zimbabwe have a couple of breakthroughs and the Indian batters in the middle order are going to get a chance to show their form.

6.2 4

FOUR! Even better! A juicy half-volley outside off, Shikhar Dhawan strides forward and drives it elegantly through covers for a gorgeous boundary.

6.1 2

Fuller and outside off, driven through extra cover for a couple.

Score after 6 overs : 41/1

Runs Scored

15 Runs

S Dhawan

27 (18)

S Gill

7 (13)

V Nyauchi

3-0-21-1

5.6 5

FIVE RUNS! Zimbabwe doing some charity from a nearly empty account. Full this time, around leg and going down, Dhawan fails to flick and it goes behind off his pads. They cross as Chakabva picks up the ball and decides to have a shy at his end. He misses and the ball races past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.

5.5 4

FOUR! Slapped! Victor Nyauchi is now targeted by Dhawan. He delivers it short and outside off, Shikhar Dhawan walks forward, jumps and slams it over point for a boundary.

5.4 0

Full and on off, Dhawan tries to flick across the line but ends up pushing it straight to mid on.

5.3 1

Around off, on a length, Gill helps it behind square leg and takes a single. Thinks about the second run but then decides wisely against it.

5.2 1

Fullish and around off, again Dhawan walks forward and bunts it towards mid off for a brisk single.

5.1 4

FOUR! This one is absolute class! Fuller in length and around off, Dhawan jumps down the track and creams it straight down the ground for a stupendous boundary.

Score after 5 overs : 26/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Gill

6 (12)

S Dhawan

13 (13)

T Chivanga

3-0-19-0

4.6 2

Too full in length, around off, Gill leans across and flicks it wide of the mid on fielder who gives the chase. They take two to close the fifth over.

4.5 0

Excellent delivery. Angling in on a length around off, there is some late away movement as Gill shoulders arms.

4.4 0

In the right channel this time, on a length and outside off, Shubman again offers no shot.

4.4 wd 1

Wide! Wayward again from Tanaka. Slips a length ball down the leg side, Gill lets it be.

4.3 1

Short in length and around off, Dhawan leans back and cuts it down to the left side of the third man fielder. They cross for a run.

4.2 0

A wide yorker outside off, Dhawan tries to drive but scuffs his shot off the bottom edge to mid off.

4.1 0

Slants it in, on a length around off, Dhawan defends it close to his body.

4.1 wd 1

Wide! Sharp delivery, short and wide outside off, Dhawan tries to cut but misses.

Score after 4 overs : 21/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Gill

4 (9)

S Dhawan

12 (10)

V Nyauchi

2-0-6-1

3.6 0

Angling in around off, on a length, this time Gill takes a step down the track and pushes it towards mid on.

3.5 0

Beauty from Nyauchi! He gets a length ball to straighten down the line after landing outside off, Gill feels for it inside the line and is beaten.

3.4 0

Pitches it up and around off, Gill presses forward and drives it to mid off. No run.

3.3 0

Lands it on a length and outside off, Gill gets on the front foot and then decides to leave the ball.

3.2 4

FOUR! Shot of the highest class! Back of a length, around off, Shubman rocks back and smacks it through the big gap between mid on and mid-wicket. Just a short-arm jab, no followthrough of the bat and it races away.

3.1 1

A leg-stump half-volley from Victor, Dhawan nudges it down to long leg for a single.

Score after 3 overs : 16/1

Runs Scored

11 Runs

S Gill

0 (4)

S Dhawan

11 (9)

T Chivanga

2-0-14-0

2.6 0

Fuller in length and on middle, Gill plays in front of his pads and pushes it softly to mid on.

2.5 0

In the channel outside off, landing on a length and skidding straight on, Shubman Gill leaves it alone.

2.4 1

Back of a length, around middle and leg, Dhawan tucks it behind square leg for one.

2.4 wd 1

Wide! This one is delivered on a good length outside off, Dhawan offers no shot. The umpire calls a wide. A touch harsh on the bowler as the replays find that it's inside the tramline.

2.3 2

In the air... Safe! Short in length again, wide outside off, Dhawan reaches out and cuts it in the air over point. It falls safely in no man's land and he gets a couple of runs.

2.2 4

FOUR! Easy pickings! Tanaka changes his line and length but overdoes it. Fuller and around leg, Dhawan picks it off his pads and flicks it effortlessly through square leg for a glorious boundary.

2.2 wd 1

Flashes and misses, and it's called a wide! Short again from Tanaka Chivanga and it's quite wide outside off, Dhawan tries to cut but misses.

2.1 2

Short in length and wide outside off, Dhawan stands back inside the crease and slaps it through the gap at cover-point for a couple of runs.

Score after 2 overs : 5/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Gill

0 (2)

S Dhawan

2 (5)

V Nyauchi

1-0-1-1

1.6 0

Fuller in length, around leg at 124 kph, Gill is early into his flick shot and it takes the leading edge. The ball goes safely to the off side though. A successful over from Victor Nyauchi.

1.5 0

Victor Nyauchi is certainly getting the ball to move around. Another inswinger shoots in with extra bounce and strikes the batter on the pads. No appeal as it's too high.

Shubman Gill walks in at number 3.
1.4 W 0

OUT! Given lbw! Victor Nyauchi has a wicket and he is all smiles. KL Rahul has a word with his partner and takes the referral. Looks more in hope. Coming to the delivery, it's on a length around off and shaping back in, Rahul shuffles across the stumps in an attempt to flick it on the leg side but misses. He is pinged on the front pad, they appeal and the umpire agrees. DRS time - The UltraEdge finds no bat and then the Ball Tracking shows that it's hitting the leg stump. KL departs cheaply, not a good comeback for him in his first outing with the bat.

1.3 0

Fuller in length and outside off, KL Rahul prods forward, taking his front pad away from the line of the stumps, and then tries to defend. It hits the pad first and rolls to the off side.

1.2 1

Close to off, angling in again on a length, Dhawan plays late and guides it wide of backward point for a single.

1.1 0

Angles in a good-length ball on middle, Dhawan stays back and defends it on the leg side.

Victor Nyauchi to take the other new ball.

Score after 1 overs : 4/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Dhawan

1 (3)

Rahul

1 (3)

T Chivanga

1-0-3-0

0.6 1

This one is served on middle and leg, shaping back in to cramp the batter for room, Dhawan helps it out towards backward square leg and opens his account with a single.

0.5 1

Short again, wide outside off, this time Rahul cuts it over backward point and gets off the mark with a single.

0.4 0

Short in length and wide outside off, Rahul pushes it from the bottom half of his bat to cover-point. Looks for a run but it is not available.

0.4 wd 1

Wide! A length ball swinging down the leg side, KL tries to flick but misses. It's a good diving take by Regis Chakabva.

0.3 0

Shortish and outside off, some extra bounce again as KL Rahul makes the leave.

0.2 b 1

India are away! A sizzling delivery, short and around off, Dhawan leaves and Chakabva gets into a tangle while collecting it. There is some extra bounce and speed, it hits him on the gloves and rolls down to fine leg. They cross for a bye.

0.1 0

A muted appeal, but only from the keeper. Back of a length, around off and angling in, Dhawan offers no shot and it breezes past his thigh pad and bat. Chakabva appeals but he is the only one doing so.

Toss - It's time for the all-important flip of the coin. Regis Chakabva does the honours being the home skipper, KL Rahul calls correctly and INDIA ELECT TO BOWL!

We are back for the chase! The umpires and the players are out in the middle. It will be Shikhar Dhawan joined by the skipper, KL Rahul at the top for India. Tanaka Chivanga will get proceedings underway with the ball for Zimbabwe.
... The Run Chase ...
Right then, India have a simple chase at hand again. The only thing that interests us is to find out who will open for them. Will the pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill continue? Or are we going to see a different opening combination? Do join us in a short while to find out.
On being asked about coming on as the first change, Shardul Thakur replies that it's a bit of both, he looks at what lengths the opening bowlers bowled and if there's swing on offer or not and it also depends on the batter. Shares that early on the pitch was on the slower side and not being too full or too short was the key. Also adds that later on pitch quickened up and hence they tried to bowl bouncers. Mentions that he has a good skill set and it is just about polishing it in the net. Also says that when the other bowlers are doing good, it's just about hitting the right lengths.
The Indian bowling was once again exceptional. Their fast bowlers got favourable conditions to bowl again and left their mark. They didn't pick early wickets but always had the Zimbabwean batters on the back foot. Every bowler contributed and Shardul Thakur was the pick with a 3-wicket haul. Here he is, having a quick word...
No doubt, the conditions upfront were challenging but after surviving 8 overs or so without losing any wicket, expectations were high from Zimbabwe. But once the first wicket fell, it was a procession. Four wickets went down in a hurry and a little bit of rescue act was done by the pair of Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams. Both the experienced batters didn't last for long though and it was due to Ryan Burl's knock that the hosts crossed the 150-run mark.
Yet another poor batting show by Zimbabwe, poorer than the first ODI by 28 runs. No fight. No application. Nothing. A meek surrender once more. Losing the toss was a big blow to them but as an international team, you should be ready to do both, with better planning. Zimbabwe lacked planning and execution and got bundled out for a paltry total.
38.1 W 1

OUT! RUN OUT! A catastrophic end to the Zimbabwean innings. Prasidh Krishna starts off the new spell with a length ball around off. Ryan Burl taps it away towards deep cover and gets across for a single. Ryan Burl though wants to get back on strike and starts running for the second. Bot batters are left stranded near the batter's end and Tanaka Chivanga has to scamper back. Kuldeep Yadav picks up the ball and throws it to the bowler who has an easy job of just whipping off the bails. Chivanga is the last man to depart for Zimbabwe and they have been bundled out for 161!

Score after 38 overs : 160/9

Runs Scored

10 Runs

T Chivanga

4 (4)

R Burl

38 (46)

K Yadav

8-0-49-1

37.6 0

Shout for an lbw! Not given and India take the review. This is flighted, on a shorter length and on off. The ball turns in a long way as Chivanga gets pushed onto the back foot. Chivanga fails to work it on the leg side and gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but it is turned down. The visitors do go upstairs and there is no spike on the UltraEdge. But the Ball Tracking confirms that the ball is missing the leg stump.

37.5 0

Around middle pushed away towards mid on.

DRS time.
37.4 0

This is floated on middle and leg, Chivanga blocks it out.

37.3 4

FOUR! A bit dragged down from Kuldeep and Tanaka Chivanga slaps it back past the bowler and through mid off for a boundary.

Tanaka Chivanga is the last batter for Zimbabwe.
37.2 W 1

OUT! RUN OUT! This is tossed up on a length and around middle and off. Ryan Burl looks to whack it down the ground once again but gets a top edge. The ball goes high and around mid off as three fielders converge towards it. The fielder from mid on puts in the dive at the last moment but can't get to it. The batters take this opportunity to get back for the second but there is a mix-up. Victor Nyauchi scampers back as Mohammed Siraj throws it towards the keeper who whips off the bails. The decision is sent upstairs and replays show that Nyauchi is short of his ground.

37.1 6

SIX! Wow, what a hit! Kuldeep tosses it up in the slot and around middle, Ryan Burl just stands tall and smokes it back over the bowler's head for a biggie.

Victor Nyauchi is the number 10 batter for Zimbabwe.

Score after 37 overs : 149/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Evans

9 (13)

R Burl

31 (44)

A Patel

7-1-20-1

36.6 W 0

OUT! CHOPPED ON! The stock ball from Axar Patel has done the trick! Axar comes from over the wicket and slides it across the right-hander. Brad Evans goes on the back foot, looking to cut, but is a bit late on it. The ball goes off the inside edge and castles the stumps. Evans departs and Zimbabwe have now lost their eighth wicket.

36.5 1

On the pads, this is nudged away leg side for one.

36.4 0

MISSED STUMPING! Axar Patel pulls back the length a bit and floats it up around off. Ryan Burl dances down the track and looks to go big downtown. Ryan misses and the keeper too misses the ball as there is a bit of extra bounce. Sanju Samson should be doing better there.

36.3 1

A tad shorter and on the pads, Brad Evans works it off the back foot and past square leg for one.

36.2 0

Full and at the toes, Evans eases it towards mid-wicket.

36.1 0

This is fired in on off stump, Evans blocks it out.

Score after 36 overs : 147/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

R Burl

30 (42)

B Evans

8 (9)

K Yadav

7-0-38-1

35.6 4

FOUR! Drifting down the leg side, Burl moves back and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Ryan holds the key here for the home team.

35.5 0

Floated one, landing full around off, Burl is forward as he blocks it towards covers.

35.4 0

Shortish and outside off, cut from the back foot to point.

35.3 1

Quicker and fuller around leg, swept down to fine leg for a single.

35.2 1

Extra flight this time, full and outside off, Burl drives it down to long off for a single.

35.1 0

Loopy and full around off, it's pushed back to the bowler.

Score after 35 overs : 141/7

Runs Scored

5 Runs

R Burl

25 (37)

B Evans

7 (8)

A Patel

6-1-18-0

34.6 1

Tossed up on off, played through covers for one more.

34.5 1

Around the pads, worked away through mid-wicket for one.

34.4 0

Close but not close enough! This is the slider from Axar Patel, on a length and coming in sharply from around off. Brad Evans gets pushed onto the back foot as he looks to block it out but the ball pings him on the pads. There is a huge appeal and the finger is raised. Evans reviews it straightaway and UltraEdge shows that there is a spike and the decision is reversed.

34.3 1

On middle, pushed through mid on for one.

34.2 lb 2

Around middle and leg, Ryan Burl works it past square leg this time and picks up a couple of runs. Given as leg byes by the umpire.

34.1 0

On a short length and on off, Ryan goes on the back foot and flicks it towards square leg.

Spin from both ends again. Axar Patel is back on to partner Kuldeep. 0 for 15 in his first 5 overs.

Score after 34 overs : 136/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

R Burl

23 (33)

B Evans

6 (6)

K Yadav

6-0-32-1

33.6 1

On the shorter side and around off, Ryan Burl goes on the back foot and eases it through covers for one.

33.5 1

Tossed up this time and this is swept away through square leg for a single by Evans.

33.4 0

Here comes the wrong 'un. Around off and turning away from the right-hander, Evans blocks it out.

33.3 4

FOUR! Adding insult to injury now. On middle, Evans shuffles across a bit and nudges it fine. The ball runs away into the fine leg fence.

33.2 0

DROPPED! Kuldeep Yadav puts down a sitter! Tossed up on middle, Brad Evans tries to flick it away but only manages to loft it gently towards the right of the bowler. Kuldeep gets both hands on it but spills the catch.

33.1 0

Nicely flighted, on a nagging length and close to the off pole. Brad Evans tries to defend off the front foot but gets an inside edge.

Kuldeep Yadav is back on. 1 for 26 in his 5 overs so far.

Score after 33 overs : 130/7

Runs Scored

5 Runs

R Burl

22 (32)

B Evans

1 (1)

S Thakur

7-0-38-3

32.6 0

Good length, around middle, Ryan stays solid in defense.

32.5 0

A sharp bouncer now, over leg stump and Ryan Burl ducks under it.

32.4 1

Fullish delivery, around off, guided down to third man for a single.

Brad Evans is the new batter. He had a good outing with the willow in the last game, can he do it again?
32.3 W 0

OUT! TIMBER! 'You miss, I hit' stuff from Shardul Thakur! This is on a fullish length and angling into middle and leg. Luke Jongwe tries to repeat the trick from the last ball and makes some room by stepping on the leg side and exposing his stumps. Jongwe swings hard at it but only connects with thin air. The ball goes on to rattle the sticks and Jongwe's resistance comes to an end. Thakur has three wickets in the match now.

32.2 4

FOUR! Not great timing but this is a positive hit from Luke Jongwe. Pitched up around middle, Jongwe backs away and goes inside out over extra cover. The ball trickles away into the fence.

32.1 0

Good length, following the batter down the leg side, Jongwe keeps it back towards the bowler.

Score after 32 overs : 125/6

Runs Scored

2 Runs

L Jongwe

2 (13)

R Burl

22 (30)

M Siraj

8-2-16-1

31.6 1

Siraj goes searching for the yorker but doesn't quite get it right. It is a low full toss on off, Jongwe plays it towards mid off and sets off for the single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and Jongwe is safely home.

31.5 0

Full and on off, Jongwe stays on the back foot and just about manages to keep it out.

31.4 0

Just a touch fuller and slanted in from off. The ball jags back in sharply and Jongwe takes another blow onto the thigh pad.

31.3 0

A bouncer now, over middle and leg, Jongwe ducks under it.

31.2 0

On a good length again, around off and this one nips back in off the surface. Luke Jongwe gets squared up and the ball hits the back thigh.

31.1 0

Good length, over off, Jongwe manages to defend it back onto the deck.

31.1 wd 1

WIDE! Good take from the keeper. Length ball, angling well down the leg side. Sanju Samson dives to his left and pouches it with his left glove.

Score after 31 overs : 123/6

Runs Scored

10 Runs

R Burl

22 (30)

L Jongwe

1 (7)

S Thakur

6-0-33-2

30.6 4

FOUR! Streaky but valuable! This is banged in short again from around the stumps and over the off stump. Ryan Burl takes on the pull shot and gets a top edge that flies over the keeper's head for a boundary.

30.5 2

Shorter and around middle, this is pulled away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs now.

30.5 wd 2

TWO WIDES! This is banged in short but down the leg side, the keeper Sanju Samson fumbles and almost gives away penalty runs as the ball just misses the helmet kept behind him on the ground. The batters do scamper through for a run as well.

30.4 0

Over the top of middle this time, Jongwe gets behind the line of the ball to make the block.

30.3 1

Keeps it on a good length and around off, Ryan pushes it out on the off side for a single.

30.2 0

Extra bounce! Good length, on off, Ryan Burl gets hurried on by the extra bounce as he tries to work it leg side. The ball goes off the splice of the bat and hits Ryan on the thumb.

30.1 1

Edged but safe! On a hard length and close to the off pole, Luke Jongwe gets pushed onto the back foot and gets a leading edge that goes through the vacant gully region. The batters get a single down to third man.

Drinks break! It has been all India so far but there were a couple of partnerships brewing in the middle. First, it was Raza and Williams who looked to steady the ship a bit and then Williams tried to do the same with Ryan Burl but Sean too got out. There are still 20 overs to go but India will be looking to wrap this up in the next 10 overs or so. Can Zimbabwe somehow manage to get close to the 200-run mark?

Score after 30 overs : 113/6

Runs Scored

6 Runs

R Burl

15 (26)

L Jongwe

0 (5)

M Siraj

7-2-14-1

29.6 0

Another bouncer, around leg, Ryan ducks.

29.5 0

Fuller and around off, Burl plays a nicely timed drive but finds mid off.

29.5 wd 5

FIVE WIDES! Extras at the moment are ticking the Zimbabwean score. Bouncer delivered and it flies over the head of the batter and the keeper for a boundary behind the wickets.

29.4 0

Shortish again, around off, Burl dabs it down to the off side and looks for a run. He is sent back. Burl walks up and has a word with his partner.

29.4 wd 1

Wide! Slips a full ball down the leg side, Burl tries to flick but misses.

29.3 0

Back of a length around off, Ryan punches it to the left of the point fielder.

29.2 0

Delivers it on a length around leg, Burl helps it off his pads to mid-wicket.

29.1 0

Bouncer to begin the second spell from Siraj as well. Around off and Burl ducks.

Mohammed Siraj (6-2-8-1) is back on.

Score after 29 overs : 107/6

Runs Scored

2 Runs

L Jongwe

0 (5)

R Burl

15 (20)

S Thakur

5-0-23-2

28.6 0

Stays on the back foot and keeps a length ball safely out towards the cover region.

28.5 0

That's a snorter! Thakur bends his back and digs it in short around off, Jongwe is taken by surprise but does well to drop his wrists and sway back.

28.4 0

A bouncer again, this time around middle and leg, and it's nicely executed, the batter ducks and the square leg umpire is happy with the height.

28.3 0

Around off, on a good length, it's defended from the back foot to point.

28.2 0

Swing and a miss! Shortish and outside off, Luke Jongwe walks down the track to attempt for a big heave but fails to connect.

28.1 1

Down the leg side, it's tickled behind square leg for a single.

28.1 wd 1

Wide for height! A bouncer to begin a new spell but it's well over the head of Burl.

Luke Jongwe is the next man in.

Score after 28 overs : 105/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Williams

42 (42)

R Burl

14 (19)

D Hooda

2-0-6-1

27.6 W 0

OUT! Sean Williams holes out! Deepak Hooda has the wicket and is delighted. Full and flighted, around off, Sean tries to unveil the slog sweep but fails to pack shot with enough power or timing. It flies down to deep square leg where Shikhar Dhawan takes a simple catch. The trademark thigh-five celebration follows and Zimbabwe are in deep trouble now. Dhawan also caught Williams in the same region in the first game but that was off a fast bowler.

27.5 1

Rocks back to a short ball and punches it to deep cover for one.

27.4 0

That is defended solidly off the front foot.

27.3 0

Gets on the front foot and defends it.

27.2 2

Short again, around off, Burl punches it to deep cover and picks up a couple of runs. Ishan Kishan fires in the throw from the deep and it hits Axar Patel standing at covers. Ishan smiles and apologizes to his teammate.

27.1 1

Shortish and on off, punched down to long off for a single.

Score after 27 overs : 101/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

R Burl

11 (15)

S Williams

41 (40)

K Yadav

5-0-26-1

26.6 0

Tossed up, full and around leg, Ryan flicks but finds mid-wicket.

26.5 0

Slower through the air, full and around middle, Ryan Burl tries to flick but fails to connect. He is hit high on the pads. There might be some inside edge also.

26.4 0

Extra bounce from a short length outside off, Burl mistimes his shot from the crease. It rolls to covers.

26.3 1

Strides forward and pushes it gently to cover-point for a quick run.

26.2 1

A touch short and around leg, Burl goes on the back foot and whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 100 comes up!

26.1 4

FOUR! Fuller and on middle, Burl gets on the front foot and drives it from the full face of his bat. The mid on fielder chases but fails to pull it back.

26.1 wd 1

Wide! Nicely tossed up but down the leg side, Burl tries to flick but misses.

Score after 26 overs : 94/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Williams

40 (39)

R Burl

6 (10)

D Hooda

1-0-2-0

25.6 0

Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it to covers.

25.5 1

Another slider, full and on off, Ryan gets forward in defense and it goes off the inner edge. The ball rolls to the left of mid-wicket and they cross.

25.4 0

Flatter and shorter outside off, Burl goes back and punches it to covers.

25.3 0

Quicker one, a slider around middle, Burl plays all over it in his attempt to flick. He is struck on the pads, they appeal but to no avail. Missing leg, perhaps.

25.2 1

Skidding in from outside off, Williams is forward to drive but gets an inside edge. It rolls through square leg and they cross.

25.1 0

Flatter and fuller on middle, Sean leans forward and defends it back.

Deepak Hooda to roll his arm now.

Score after 25 overs : 92/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

R Burl

5 (7)

S Williams

39 (36)

K Yadav

4-0-19-1

24.6 0

Floated and full, around off, defended off the front foot to complete the over.

24.5 0

Turning away a hint from around off, Burl tries to work it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge to the off side.

24.4 1

Flighted and full, around middle, Williams plays a mistimed slog sweep to deep mid-wicket for a run.

24.3 4

FOUR! Shot! Kuldeep serves it short and around off, Sean Williams goes on the back foot and pulls it powerfully to the deep mid-wicket fence. First boundary for Zimbabwe after the 17th over.

24.2 0

Very full and landing on middle, Williams flicks this time but finds short mid-wicket.

24.1 0

A bit short and on off, Williams punches it from the back foot to covers.

Score after 24 overs : 87/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Williams

34 (32)

R Burl

5 (5)

A Patel

5-1-15-0

23.6 1

Fuller in length around off, it's flicked to deep square leg for a single. Slight fumble in the deep but no extra run is conceded.

23.5 0

Flighted and around off, Williams reverse-sweeps it from the bottom half of his bat to backward point.

23.4 0

Almost in the blockhole, Williams digs it out back towards the bowler.

23.3 1

Axar drops it short and outside off, Burl gets back and cuts. Not much timing as it travels to deep cover-point. They cross.

23.2 1

Quicker and around middle, helped towards square leg for one.

23.1 1

Too full and around middle, Burl clips it down towards deep backward square leg for a single.

Score after 23 overs : 83/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

S Williams

32 (28)

R Burl

3 (3)

K Yadav

3-0-14-1

22.6 0

Tossed up around off, fuller in length, Williams plays the reverse sweep but finds Axar Patel at backward point.

22.5 2

Fuller and on off, Williams sweeps it through square leg and scampers back for the second run.

22.4 2

Short and on off, Williams cuts it past the diving cover fielder for a couple of runs.

22.3 1

Extra flight on this delivery, landing full and around middle, Burl helps it gently to the left of the short mid-wicket fielder for a quick run.

22.2 1

Loopy and full, around off, Sean gets forward and eases it down to long on for a run.

22.1 1

Kuldeep drags his length short and delivers it outside off, Burl goes on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover for a single.

Score after 22 overs : 76/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Williams

27 (24)

R Burl

1 (1)

A Patel

4-1-11-0

21.6 0

Flatter and a touch shorter outside off, tapped down from the back foot to backward point.

21.5 1

Slower through the air, around off, Burl wrists it down to fine leg and gets off the mark with a single.

21.4 lb 1

Drifting down the leg side, Williams tries to flick but doesn't get the connection right. It deflects off his pads to backward square leg and they cross for a leg bye.

21.3 0

Turning back in from outside off, some extra bounce, Sean goes back to flick but misses and is hit high on the pads.

21.2 2

Aerial again but it is wide of the fielder. Loopy and full, Williams whips it just past Rahul at mid-wicket and collects two runs.

21.1 0

Flighted and around off, flicked on the leg side, a bit aerial but it didn't carry to KL Rahul at mid-wcket.

Ryan Burl is in at number 7.

Score after 21 overs : 72/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Raza

16 (31)

S Williams

25 (19)

K Yadav

2-0-7-1

20.6 W 0

OUT! Splendid catch! Kuldeep strikes and removes Zimbabwe's talisman with the bat. This is smart bowling from Kuldeep. He goes flatter through the air and keeps his length short around leg. Sikandar Raza steps back to manufacture some room and cut it but loses his balance while executing the shot. He ends up mistiming it in the air and Ishan Kishan runs back at backward point to take a fabulous catch over his head. A body blow to the home team after a brief period of resistance.

20.5 0

Fuller and around off, defended off the front foot to short cover.

20.4 1

Tossed up around off, fuller in length, Sean sweeps it to deep square leg for a run.

20.3 1

Too full on this occasion, around middle, Raza knocks it down to long off and picks up a single.

20.2 0

Loopy and full, landing around off, Raza gets forward and defends it towards short mid-wicket.

20.1 1

Flighted around off, Williams plays the reverse sweep and nails it towards backward point where Axar Patel dives to make a half stop. Saves a certain boundary. Only one run is taken.

Score after 20 overs : 69/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Williams

23 (17)

S Raza

15 (27)

A Patel

3-1-8-0

19.6 1

Uppish but in the gap! Tossed up on the off stump line, Sean Williams flicks it uppishly through mid-wicket and picks up a single.

19.5 1

Excellent running! Flatter delivery, close to the off pole and this is played late towards backward point. The batters scamper through for a quick single though.

19.4 0

A tad shorter and around off, Sikandar Raza goes onto the back foot and keeps it out.

19.3 0

On off, pushed back towards the bowler.

19.2 1

On middle and leg, this is worked away behind square on the leg side for yet another single.

19.1 1

Sliding onto the pads, Raza nudges it 'round the corner for a single.

Score after 19 overs : 65/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Williams

21 (15)

S Raza

13 (23)

K Yadav

1-0-4-0

18.6 0

Nicely bowled! Flighted, on a fullish length and around off. Sean Williams looks to play it off the front foot but the ball turns in a touch and beats the inside edge.

18.5 1

Kuldeep drops it a bit short and around off, Raza goes on the back foot and plays it towards covers for a single.

18.4 1

This is on off, Sean Williams strokes it away down to long off and rotates the strike.

18.3 1

Nice bit of loop from Kuldeep, around middle and Raza drives it through mid off for one more.

18.2 1

Tossed up, full and around middle, this is turned through mid-wicket for one.

18.1 0

Half an appeal for LBW straight up by Kuldeep Yadav but it is turned down. Kuldeep starts off with a flighted delivery, on leg stump. Williams looks to block but misses and gets pinged on the pads.

Here comes Kuldeep Yadav.

Score after 18 overs : 61/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Raza

11 (21)

S Williams

19 (11)

A Patel

2-1-4-0

17.6 0

Flatter delivery, on off stump and blocked out by Raza.

17.5 0

Given lbw! The decision has been reviewed. Axar Patel serves what looks like another arm ball. This is on a length and around off, angling in and Sikandar Raza decides to leave it. There is a huge appeal from the fielding side and it is given out. Sikandar Raza has decided to review the decision. The impact could have been an issue but no shot has been offered. There is a bit of confusion initially as the third umpire considers that the shot has been offered. Later on, he is heard saying that the shot has not been offered and he wants to see the further trajectory of the ball. It doesn't matter anyway as the Ball Tracking confirms that the ball is missing the off stump.

17.4 0

Floated up a bit and around off, Raza defends it off the front foot.

17.3 0

Flatter delivery, angling into off stump, kept out.

17.2 0

A bit quicker and outside off, left alone.

17.1 0

Was there a nick? Judging by the reaction, it seems that Sanju Samson has dropped that one. This is angled in from around off, Sikandar Raza presses forward to defend. The ball though goes off the inside edge and takes a pad on its way to the keeper. This means that it certainly was a chance.

Score after 17 overs : 61/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

S Williams

19 (11)

S Raza

11 (15)

P Krishna

6-1-27-1

16.6 6

SIX! All the way! Banged in short and over middle and off, Sean Williams takes it on and even though he gets hurried a bit, the connection is good enough. The ball sails over the fielder at fine leg for a maximum. That was from the top half of the blade but still got enough wings.

16.5 0

Krishna switches to around the wicket and angles it on a good length, Williams gets cramped for room but keeps it out on the off side.

16.4 4

FOUR! Slapped away! Length ball, just wide enough and Sean Williams stands tall before cutting it through cover-point for a much-needed boundary.

16.3 0

Around the top of middle, Williams stays put and defends it out.

16.2 1

Goes a bit fuller but Raza is already pushed onto the back foot. This is around off and Raza edges it down to third man for a run.

16.1 0

On a hard length and outside off, Raza walks past the off stump and keeps it down on the off side.

Score after 16 overs : 50/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Raza

10 (13)

S Williams

9 (7)

A Patel

1-0-4-0

15.6 1

Full and on off, driven down to long off for a single.

15.5 0

Almost chops it on! This seems to be the one that comes on with the arm but just holds its line in the end. Around off, Raza looks to defend off the front foot but gets an inside edge. Luckily for him, the ball hits the pads and not the stumps.

15.4 1

Tossed up a bit and on off, Sean Williams steps out and knocks it down to long on for one more.

15.3 1

Around the wicket now to the right-hander and it's pushed outside off, Sikandar Raza punches it through the cover region and rotates the strike.

15.2 1

Slows it up a touch and bowls it around middle, Sean Williams does well to get inside the line and just paddles it fine for a single.

15.1 0

Axar Patel starts off with a quicker delivery, darted into middle and leg and this is pushed away towards mid on.

Drinks break. It's the action replay of the first ODI. Zimbabwe are four down in a hurry and going has been really tough for them. At the start, their openers did manage to survive more than 8 overs but it was never convincing. Once the first wicket fell, it was a procession which has stopped for now courtesy of the stand between Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza. These two are the most experienced batters for the hosts and needless to say, their partnership could be the difference between a good score and a paltry one. Time for some spin as Axar Patel comes into the attack. A slip in place...

Score after 15 overs : 46/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Raza

8 (10)

S Williams

7 (4)

P Krishna

5-1-16-1

14.6 0

A length ball, around the pads and this is flicked away to mid-wicket.

14.5 0

This is pitched up around off stump, Sikandar Raza punches it out towards cover.

14.4 0

Good length, around the top of off, Raza solidly blocks it out.

14.3 2

A bit too full and too straight from Krishna, Raza works it through mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs.

14.2 0

Krishna goes a touch fuller and outside off, Sikandar Raza walks past the off stump and then just shoulders his arms.

14.1 0

Short ball, over middle and leg, Raza ducks under it with ease.

Score after 14 overs : 44/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Williams

7 (4)

S Raza

6 (4)

S Thakur

4-0-21-2

13.6 0

Short of a length and at the body, Williams keeps it down towards short leg.

13.5 4

FOUR! Edged away! This is floated up full and outside off, Sean Williams looks to jam it out towards covers but gets an inside edge past the stumps and the ball trickles away into the vacant fine leg fence.

13.4 0

Pitches it up now on off stump, Sean Williams solidly blocks it out.

13.3 1

This is angled in at the hips, Raza tucks it away towards mid-wicket and picks up a single.

13.2 0

Goes full and tries to attack the pads, Sikandar Raza just about manages to dig it out towards mid on.

13.1 0

A well-directed short ball, over middle and Raza ducks under it well.

Score after 13 overs : 39/4

Runs Scored

10 Runs

S Raza

5 (1)

S Williams

3 (1)

P Krishna

4-1-14-1

12.6 5

Bonus runs! This is around the hips, Sikandar Raza drops it past short leg and scampers through for a quick single. The fielder over there, Ishan Kishan, has a shy at the bowler's end but throws it wide and there's no one backing up either. The ball runs away into the fence. The bowler won't be impressed with that. Five bonus runs for the home team.

12.5 3

Good-length delivery over off, Sean Williams backs away and eases it off the back foot through covers for three runs.

Sean Williams has to come out now with the top four back in the pavilion in a hurry.
12.4 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Absolutely unplayable from Prasidh Krishna and India are turning on the style here. This is just bowled on a good length and on a tight line around off. The ball angles in but straightens after pitching and there's that extra bounce again as well. Wesley Madhevere gets completely squared up as he tries to block but the outside edge is found and Sanju Samson makes no mistake behind the sticks. Zimbabwe are falling like a pack of cards.

12.3 2

Up and over! Full and wide from Krishna, Madhevere reaches out and slices it over the point region for a couple of runs.

12.2 0

Back of a length, around off, Madhevere hops onto the back foot and keeps it down towards backward point.

12.1 0

This is bowled on a hard length and around off, Madhevere gets behind the line to make the block.

Sikandar Raza is the new batter. He is the one in the form of his life. Can he do something here? Also, Prasidh Krishna to have another go.

Score after 12 overs : 29/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

R Chakabva

2 (5)

W Madhevere

0 (8)

S Thakur

3-0-16-2

11.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Shubman Gill with a sharp catch at second slip and Shardul Thakur gets the second wicket in the over. This is bowled on a good length and angling in from outside off. Thakur gets the ball to nip away and also extracts a bit of extra bounce. Regis Chakabva looks to block from his crease but the ball takes the shoulder of the bat and goes quickly towards the second slip fielder where it is pouched by Gill. The skipper departs early and Zimbabwe are in a spot of bother here, again.

11.5 2

This is short and wide, Regis Chakabva throws his hands at it and slashes it to the right of the man at third man. Mohammed Siraj over there speeds to his right and keeps it down to a couple.

11.4 0

Banged in short and around off, Regis Chakabva sways his head away from the line of the ball.

11.3 0

BEATEN! Gem of a delivery from Thakur! This is on a fuller length and angled into off stump, the ball pitches and then just holds its line, zipping past the outside edge.

11.2 0

Goes full and wide now, hugging the tramline outside off and Regis Chakabva leaves it alone.

Regis Chakabva walks in next, at number 4.
11.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Down the leg side and Innocent Kaia has nicked it! Shardul Thakur starts off the over with a short ball, angling down the leg side. Kaia stands tall and looks to pull it behind square on the leg side but gets in a bit of a strangle. The ball goes off the gloves and to the left of the keeper. Sanju Samson takes a sharp catch to that side and Zimbabwe have lost their second wicket.

Score after 11 overs : 27/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

W Madhevere

0 (8)

I Kaia

16 (26)

M Siraj

6-2-8-1

10.6 0

A bit of aggression from Siraj to end that over. Siraj goes short again and bowls it over middle and leg, Madhevere tries to duck but gets a blow on the left shoulder and that must have stung.

10.5 0

Goes fuller this time, on middle and leg, Madhevere drives it straight towards mid on.

10.4 0

Length again, pushed outside off and Madhevere shoulders arms.

10.3 0

On a good length and angled in from around off, Madhevere hops onto the back foot to make the block.

10.2 0

A length ball, on the fifth stump line and nipping away a bit. Wesley Madhevere leaves it alone.

10.1 1

A sharp bumper from Siraj and Innocent Kaia is taken aback by it. This is banged in over middle and leg and angling in towards the helmet. Kaia just about manages to get some bat on it as the ball goes towards fine leg. Single taken.

Powerplay 2! The fielding side can now have up to 4 players outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Mohammed Siraj is continuing, perhaps for one more over.

Score after 10 overs : 26/1

Runs Scored

6 Runs

W Madhevere

0 (3)

I Kaia

15 (25)

S Thakur

2-0-14-0

9.6 0

Around off, on a fuller length, Wesley Madhevere defends it from the front foot to the off side. At the end of Powerplay, Zimbabwe are 26 for 1.

9.5 1

Lands it on a length and outside off, Kaia plays inside the line and pushes it down to third man for a run.

9.5 wd 1

Shout for a caught behind but the umpire signals for a WIDE! Short in length and angling down the leg side, Kaia tries to pull but misses. The replays show that the ball was close to the gloves but there was no contact.

9.4 0

Full again, angling down, Kaia tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.

9.3 4

FOUR! By far the shot of the day. Fuller in length around middle, Innocent Kaia shows lovely wristwork as he lofts it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

9.2 0

Shortish and around off, Kaia punches it off the back foot to point. The fielder there is standing a few steps ahead of the original position and collects the ball on one bounce.

9.1 0

Full and angling in around off, Kaia pushes it away with gentle hands to the off side.

Score after 9 overs : 20/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

W Madhevere

0 (2)

I Kaia

10 (20)

M Siraj

5-2-7-1

8.6 0

A touch short in length and outside off, Wesley Madhevere stays back and shoulders arms. A wicket maiden from Mohammed Siraj, this could be his last over of this spell.

8.5 0

Fuller in length and angling in, Wesley defends it carefully off the front foot.

Wesley Madhevere is in at number 3.
8.4 W 0

OUT! SHARP CATCH! Mohammed Siraj gets his first wicket. He kept threatening with his line around off and this time gets the batter to edge it behind. It's delivered on a good length at 85 mph, holding its line, Takudzwanashe Kaitano stays on the back foot and pushes inside the line with firm hands. The ball takes the edge and flies behind. Sanju Samson gets a bit wrong-footed initially but then reacts to his right to take a fine one-handed catch. India get the first breakthrough in the ninth over.

8.3 0

Beaten! Fuller and close to off, Takudzwanashe Kaitano gets forward to defend but it holds its line and beats the outside edge.

8.2 0

Back of a length, on top of off, Kaitano pushes it from the back foot, from the upper half of his bat, to point.

8.1 0

Fuller and around off, driven off the front foot to extra cover.

Score after 8 overs : 20/0

Runs Scored

8 Runs

I Kaia

10 (20)

T Kaitano

7 (28)

S Thakur

1-0-8-0

7.6 0

In the zone outside off, on a length, Kaia shoulders arms. This is now Zimbabwe's longest opening partnership, in terms of balls faced, in the last 9 ODIs, informs the on-air commentator.

7.5 4

FOUR! Here comes the first boundary of the day. Short again from Thakur, Kaia picks it from outside off and pulls it wide of mid on for a boundary.

7.4 3

Good shot! Short in length around off, Takudzwanashe Kaitano gets the time to go on the back foot as he punches it past point. Axar Patel chases it down and they get three runs.

7.3 0

Beauty! Angling in on a length around off and leaving the batter with the seam movement, Takudzwanashe Kaitano hangs his bat out and gets beaten.

7.2 1

Slightly short in length and outside off, Kaia runs it down past backward point for a single.

7.1 0

Starts his spell with a length ball around off, Kaia gets behind the line and defends it towards mid on.

Shardul Thakur comes into the attack. Two slips in place.

Score after 7 overs : 12/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

T Kaitano

4 (26)

I Kaia

5 (16)

M Siraj

4-1-7-0

6.6 0

Fuller in length and outside off, nipping away, Takudzwanashe Kaitano lets it through to the keeper. Zimbabwe continue to be watchful in Powerplay 1.

6.5 0

Sharp bouncer around leg, Kaitano tries to pull but it bounces over his gloves.

6.4 0

Short in length and outside off, shaping away, Kaitano has nothing to do with it.

6.3 0

Inswinger this time, on a length outside off at 83 mph, Takudzwanashe Kaitano covers his stumps and leaves.

6.2 1

Fraction short and around off, at 85 mph, Innocent Kaia turns and pulls it off the inner edge to deep backward square leg. They cross for a run.

6.1 0

Fuller and around off, pushed off the front foot to cover-point.

6.1 wd 1

Wide called for height! Effort ball from Siraj, he digs it in short and around off at 81 mph, Innocent Kaia leaves. Sanju Samson jumps and uses every inch of his height to collect the ball.

Score after 6 overs : 10/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

T Kaitano

4 (22)

I Kaia

4 (14)

P Krishna

3-1-4-0

5.6 0

Full and around off, angling in, it's defended off the front foot to covers. 6 gone, just 10 runs on the board but more importantly, no wicket has fallen for Zimbabwe.

5.5 2

Edgy! Full in length and outside off, Kaitano throws his bat at it and edges it down to third man. Siraj makes a fine stop in the deep and saves two runs.

5.4 0

Better line, full and around off, Kaitano is forced to play the line and defends it back.

5.3 0

Quite wide outside off, this time, but inside the tramline, Kaitano allows it through to the keeper.

5.2 0

Hurries past the edge! Length delivery outside off at 85 mph, holding its line, Kaitano pushes inside the line and misses.

5.1 0

Fuller in length and around off at 87 mph, Kaitano gets forward and drives it to short cover.

Score after 5 overs : 8/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

I Kaia

4 (14)

T Kaitano

2 (16)

M Siraj

3-1-5-0

4.6 0

Back of a length around off, Kaia punches it off the back foot towards point. Hooda tries to stop but misses. Axar though backs him well and stops the ball despite getting a bit wrong-footed.

4.5 2

Pitches it up and around off, Kaia leans forward and drives it through the gap at covers for another couple of runs.

4.4 2

Kaia gets off the mark after 11 balls. Length delivery on middle, at 84 mph, Kaia clips it off his pads through square leg and gets off the mark with a couple of runs.

4.3 0

Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it back. Kaia is yet to get off the mark.

4.2 0

Back of a length around off, Kaia goes on the back foot and helps it towards the square leg fielder.

4.1 lb 1

Sliding down the leg side, on a length at 87 mph, Kaitano tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to backward square leg and they cross for a leg bye.

Score after 4 overs : 3/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

I Kaia

0 (9)

T Kaitano

2 (15)

P Krishna

2-1-2-0

3.6 0

Lucky not to edge it! Full and close to off, Innocent Kaia is forward to drive or defend but it straightens and beats the bat with ease. Unconvincing but the Zimbabwean openers have survived four overs.

3.5 0

Beauty! Back of a length and outside off, it skids straight on after landing, Kaia pushes inside the line and misses. Samson collects the ball near his shoulders.

3.4 0

On a good length outside off, Kaia covers his stumps and offers no shot.

3.3 1

Angling in from a length around off, Kaitano turns it behind square leg and scores the second run off the bat in the Zimbabwean innings.

3.3 wd 1

Wide! Short in length and wide outside off, Kaitano has a lazy waft at it and misses.

3.2 0

A terrific outswinger, landing on a fuller length outside off, Kaitano presses forward and then makes a leave.

3.1 0

Delivers it on a length and outside off, at 83 mph, Takudzwanashe Kaitano shoulders arms.

Score after 3 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

I Kaia

0 (6)

T Kaitano

1 (12)

M Siraj

2-1-1-0

2.6 0

This one jags back in from around middle, Kaia flicks it off his pads but finds the fielder standing in front of square on the leg side. Two maidens in a row now.

2.5 0

Skidding in from a length around off, at 83 mph, Kaia defends it by taking his bottom hand off the handle.

2.4 0

Fuller and on off, Kaia brings down a straight bat and pushes it down defensively to mid on.

2.3 0

Flashes and misses! Short in length and wide outside off, Innocent Kaia tries to cut it through the line but is beaten.

2.2 0

Around off, on a length, Innocent gets behind the line and blocks it down safely.

2.1 0

Siraj spears in a full ball around middle, at 85 mph, Kaia falls over a bit in his stance as he keeps it out on the surface.

Score after 2 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

T Kaitano

1 (12)

I Kaia

0 (0)

P Krishna

1-1-0-0

1.6 0

Close to off, on a full length and getting it to straighten a bit, Kaitano offers no shot. Brave leave. A maiden.

1.5 0

Swing and a miss! Krishna tries to tempt the batter there. Bowls it short and wide outside off, seaming away, Takudzwanashe Kaitano spots the chance to free his arms but fails to connect.

1.4 0

Fuller and around off, nipping in, Kaitano pushes his bat down and pushes it away off the inner edge to wide mid on.

1.3 0

Krishna goes full and outside off, holding its line, Kaitano covers his stumps and shoulders arms.

1.2 0

Movement back into the batter this time. Around off and it jags back in with some extra bounce, Kaitano tries to work it on the leg side but misses. He is hit high on the front leg.

1.1 0

Starts by hurling a length delivery in the channel outside off, shaping away a bit, Kaitano allows it through to the keeper.

Prasidh Krishna to steam in with the second new ball.

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

T Kaitano

1 (6)

I Kaia

0 (0)

M Siraj

1-0-1-0

0.6 1

Zimbabwe are away! A length delivery angling in around off, Takudzwanashe Kaitano gets it away from the outer portion of his bat and it runs through point. They cross for a run.

A gully in place.
0.5 0

A touch short and around off, angling in, Kaitano goes on the back foot and defends it down to the off side.

0.4 0

Unplayable! A hint of away movement, from a length around off, Kaitano feels for it minus any footwork and gets beaten comprehensively.

0.3 0

Edgy! Siraj goes close to off, lands it on a good length again, Takudzwanashe Kaitano pushes inside the line and gets a soft outside edge. It drops in front of Deepak Hooda at third slip.

0.2 0

This time a length ball is served in the zone outside off, shaping away, Kaitano makes a watchful leave.

0.1 0

Siraj begins with a gem! He lands it on a length around off and gets it to nip away slightly. Takudzwanashe Kaitano stays on the back foot, trying to defend but is squared up and it beats the outside edge.

Time to play the game. The Indian team gets in a huddle before taking the field. Innocent Kaia has a new opening partner in Takudzwanashe Kaitano as they walk out. Mohammed Siraj to begin with the first new ball. Three slips in place. Here we go...
Shubman Gill comes up for a quick interview. He says that it's all about getting the experience in the middle and to be able to spend time in the middle is important. Mentions that the wickets in West Indies were brilliant on the previous tour. On batting alongside Shikhar Dhawan, Gill replies that he is a chill guy to bat with and he is someone with whom everyone gels quite well. Shares that his plan in white-ball cricket is to play minimum dot balls and rotate the strike as that helps him to keep a good strike rate.
Regis Chakabva, the skipper of Zimbabwe, looks visibly disappointed to lose the toss. He says that it looks like a good wicket and they are looking forward to posting a good total on the board. Mentions that the boys are talking a lot about the process and will try to give their best effort. Feels that it's important to pick early wickets and restrict the opponents. Informs about a couple of changes in their XI - Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tanaka Chivanga come in for Tadiwanashe Marumani and Richard Ngarava.
KL Rahul, the Indian skipper, says that the pitch looks a bit better, harder than the last game and obviously while bowling first, there is a bit in the air. Hopes to pick a few quick wickets. Adds that they bowled very well in the previous game but Zimbabwe also batted well in the latter half when the ball got old. Wants his bowlers to become more aggressive and clinical. Informs that Deepak Chahar misses out and Shardul Thakur comes in.
Zimbabwe (Playing XI) - Takudzwanashe Kaitano (In for Tadiwanashe Marumani), Innocent Kaia, Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (C/ WK), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Victor Nyauchi, Tanaka Chivanga (In for Richard Ngarava).
India (Playing XI) - Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul (C), Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson (WK), Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur (In for Deepak Chahar), Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj.
Toss - It's time for the all-important flip of the coin. Regis Chakabva does the honours being the home skipper, KL Rahul calls correctly and INDIA ELECT TO BOWL!

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