Monday, July 13, 2015

India vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI

India looks for series wash

Where: Harare, Zimbabwe
When: July 14 at 07:00GMT

India has already won the series with the 2nd ODI win. India will be playing the 3rd match to win the series 3-0. Zimbabwe will be playing for pride after 8 consecutive ODI losses. India will be looking for experiments and will probably play a couple of new uncapped players to give them a chance to gain experience and prove themselves.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

India vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI

India tame Zimbabwe with 62 runs win

Where: Harare, Zimbabwe
When: July 12 at 07:00GMT
Toss:  Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to field
Result:  India won by 62 runs
Scores: India 271 for 8 (Vijay 72, Rahane 63, Rayudu 41, Madziva 4-49) beat Zimbabwe 209  (Chibhabha 72, B Kumar 4-33)

Zimbabwe could not repeat the 1st ODI performance and surrendered to India giving away a 62 runs win. Zimbabwe had won the toss and chose to field like the previous match but failed to get a quick break through. Rahane and Vijay batted with sense and put together 112 runs before Rahene was cought by Sikandar Raza on the bowling of Chibhabha in the 26th over. India continued with the solid performance denying any quick wickets to Zimbabwe scoring 8/269 in the allotted 50 overs. Zimbabwe's start was bad, three wickets were lost in the first 11 overs at 3/43. The wickets continued to fall at regular interval and Zimbabwe were all out in the 49th over at the score of 209.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

India vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI

Rayudu century rescues India

Where: Harare, Zimbabwe
When: July 10 at 07:00GMT
Toss:  Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to field
Result:  India won by 4 runs
Scores: India 255 for 6 (Rayudu 124*, Binny 77, Chibhabha 2-25) beat Zimbabwe 251 for 7 (Chigumbura 104*, Axar 2-41)

The game was a thriller and was decided only on the last ball. India was struggling at 5/87 when Rayudu and Binny came together. Rayudu (124 no) and Binny (77) put together 180 runs and helped India reach a respectable score of 6/255. Zimbabwe could not get a good start either and were down for 4/94. Chigumbura fought hard with a ton but did not find good consistent support on the other end. Zimbabwe needed 10 off the final over with three wickets in hand. Chigumburacould only manage four runs off the first five balls and needed six of the last ball but could score only a single.

So close, yet so far for Zimbabwe.

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India chose to send a team with a lot of new players after losing their series with Bangladesh. Rahane will be leading the India ODI team for the first time. A few months ago Rahane was not even sure of his place in the team but now he has been given the captain's responsibility. Zimbabwe players are motivated since they sniff an opportunity since a lot of senior players are missing from the Indian team. However even with the missing players Indian team is still the favourite to win the 1st one day game.

India Team: AM Rahane*, STR Binny, Harbhajan Singh, KM Jadhav, DS Kulkarni, B Kumar, MK Pandey, AR Patel, AT Rayudu, Sandeep Sharma, KV Sharma, MM Sharma, MK Tiwary, RV Uthappa†, M Vijay