2nd ODI -Brilliant India defeats Zimbabwe
After the magical 3 digits century by Captain Virat Kohli, that took India to victory in 1st ODI against Zimbabwe it was time for the 2nd ODI.
India was not chasing and had to bat first. Rohit Sharma fell to a very good delivery just for 1. India was cautious at the start and was not able to score freely. Dhawan was living dangerously having got 2-3 lives while batting due to no balls and others. Virat Kohli took time to settle in but he was unfortunate to have got out for just 14 runs. Rayudu and Raina were not looking at their best as they went back early to the pavilion.
It was upto Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik to take up the responsibility and they did just that. Dhawan played a gem of an innings and Karthik stroked the balls beautifully. They put on a very healthy partnership and proved again that why they were there in the team. Dhawan’s cover drives were a treat to watch as he carted boundaries all way long. Karthik went on to make his 50 to show his class to one and all. Dhawan batted till the 44th over and went on to make a century in his name and it was an outstanding performance by the young man after the top order faliure and key men back in the pavilion. Dhawan made 116 in 127 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes and Karhik made a superb 69 of 74 balls with 4 fours in his name.Vinay Kumar chipped in with a superb 27 runs in his name as he blasted his way in just 12 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes as India went on to score 294 runs in 50 overs.
Zimbabwe had a good opening stand of 45 runs after that youngster Jaydev Unadkat removed the openers in the 11th and 21st overs respectably. The middle order collapsed for Zimbabwe as Mishra and Jadeja picked up wickets at regular intervals and Jaydev Unadkat was the epitome of success for India in the bowling department. Chigumbura and Utseya gave a fight back but in vain as Jaydev Unadkat wrapped up the Zimbabwe innings with a brilliant 4 wicket haul and a run out in his name. In only his 2nd match for Team India Jaydev Unadkat had a lovely spell of 10-3-41-4 in his name. India won the match by 48 runs.