India win 2nd ODI against Zimbabwe by 58 runs
India beat Zimbabwe in the second ODI of the Celkon Mobile Cup at the Harare Sports Club by 58 runs on Friday. Zimbabwe, chasing a target of 296, were restricted to 236/9 in 50 overs. Shikhar Dhawan's 116 gave a boost to India’s total whereas Jaydev Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with impressive figures of 4 for 41.
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field first, bringing in Brian Vitori in place of Tinotenda Mutombodzi, while India remained unchanged.
India lost opener Rohit Sharma (1) in just the second over as he went for a drive, handing Brian Vitori his first wicket on his comeback to the ODI side. Skipper Virat Kohli (14) started off well but was unfortunately dismissed off a contentious catch by Malcolm Waller. Ambati Rayudu (5), playing only his second ODI fell to Vitori and was followed by Raina (4) who was caught down the leg side off Tandai Chatara. India’s score looming at 65/4.
Dhawan however got away with a couple of dropped catches and went on to score his third ODI hundred. He put on a 167-run stand for the fifth wicket with Karthik (69), reviving India’s chances and taking the score past 200 before the Indian wicketkeeper was run-out.
Dhawan was bowled shortly after Karthik’s dismissal and followed by Mishra and Jadeja in quick session. Vinay Kumar played an important cameo at the end, scoring 27 off just 12 balls (2x4 2x6) to take India to a strong 294/8 in 50 overs.
Sikandar Raza and Vusi Sibanda got the hosts got off to a flying start before Unadkat gave India a much needed breakthrough with the wicket of Raza (20). Sibanda registered his 19th ODI fifty and went on to build a 64-run partnership with Hamilton Masakadza, before departing for 55 as Unadkat struck again. Skipper Taylor was run-out on duck soon after. Zimbabwe were faltering at one stage, with Sean Williams (5) and Malcolm Waller (2) both returning to the pavilion in single digit scores. Zimbabwe falling from 45/1 to 133/6.
Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya tried to bring their side back in the hunt with an 88-run partnership, but the former departed on 46 towards the end. Utseya scored his fourth ODI fifty in the course of the game and remained unbeaten on 52. Among the Indian bowlers, Unadkat starred with 4/41 in his 10 overs, while Amit Mishra bagged two scalps.India had an expensive opening spell, a good middle spell with most wickets coming during this time and in the last few overs, Zimbabwe put up 49 runs with the loss of no wicket.
India went 2-0 up in the series, taking the lead ahead of the 3rd ODI on July 28th at the Harare Sports Club.