India complete comprehensive win against Zimbabwe
Team India emerged victorious in yet another one-sided encounter beating Zimbabwe by 9 wickets in the 4th ODI at Bulawayo on Thursday to take a 4-0 series lead.
India’s bowlers did a commendable job bowling out the hosts for just 144 inside 43 overs with impressive contributions from Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bowl, handing ODI debuts to Cheteshwar Pujara and Mohit Sharma, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan and Vinay Kumar respectively. Zimbabwe went in unchanged.
Mohit Sharma grabbed his maiden international wicket when he got rid of Zimbabwe opener Sikander Raza (7) in his second over. Ravindra Jadeja then brilliantly ran-out Hamilton Masakadza (10) before trapping the dangerous Brendan Taylor (0) plumb LBW a few overs later.
Jaydev Unadkat (1/27) then produced one of his best deliveries of the series to rattle Sean Willliams’ off-stump and dismissing him for a duck. Jadeja then bowled Sibanda (24) just when he was settling at the crease to leave Zimbabwe reeling at 47/5 in just the 16th over.
Elton Chigumbura (50*) along with Malcolm Waller (35) fought back hard and added 80 crucial runs for the 6th wicket before Waller before Mohit came back into the attack and had the latter caught behind in the 37th over. Post that, a typical collapse from the tail ensued, thanks to Amit Mishra who picked three wickets in quick succession and Zimbabwe were wrapped up for a paltry score of 144. Mohit Sharma registered impressive figures of 2/26 on debut.
In response, the Indian openers got off to a slow start. Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara (13) was the first and only Indian wicket to fall, Tandai Chatara’s effective in-swinger sending his leg stump flying. Suresh Raina, promoted by skipper Virat Kohli to number three, stepped up and gave the innings impetus. He delivered an important fifty, taking the pressure off Rohit Sharma who also got to his half-century. The duo put up an unbeaten 123-run stand to notch up an easy 9-wicket victory in just 30.5 overs.
India will now look forward to inflicting their first ever ODI series whitewash away from home when they take on Zimbabwe in the fifth and final ODI of the series at Bulawayo.