Kohli’s ton leads India to victory
India defeated Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in the opening match of the Celkon Mobile Cup at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. Captain Virat Kohli’s century helped ease the chase of a total of 229 set
India won the toss and elected to field first, handing Ambati Rayudu and Jaydev Unadkat ODI debuts.
The Zimbabwe openers went slow and steady in the beginning, playing out good early spells from Vinay Kumar (1/57) and Shami Ahmed (1/45). Vusi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza put on a partnership of 72 runs when Sibanda (34) was caught leg before by spinner Amit Mishra (3/43).
Raza went on to make 82 though he lost partners at intervals. Sean Williams added 15 runs before he was bowled, caught off guard by an arm ball from Suresh Raina (1/2). Amit Mishra quickly
followed up with the wicket of the dangerous Hamilton Mazakadza (11).
Brendon Taylor , though he made only 12 runs, helped put up a 43 run 4 wicket partnership with Sikander Raza. He fell to debutant Jaydev Unadkat (1/39), becoming his first ODI wicket.
jaydev unadkat celebrating his first international wkt!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/H9YYiSfmro— Ashok (Raina fan) (@ashdks) July 24, 2013
Malcolm Waller (2) was then bowled by Shami. Amit Mishra came back to pick up his third wicket in the form of the steady Sikandar Raza who went for 82 (112 6x4 2x6), the Zimbabwean line-up tumbling from 72/1 to 176/6 in the space of 20 overs. Vinay added another interruption to the Zimbabwe innings with the wicket of Tinotenda Mutombodzi. The only other significant contributor
to the total was Elton Chigumbura, who made 43* (34b 6x4 1x6).
The target of 229 didn’t seem too much of a task but India’s openers couldn't do much damage. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had only added 26 when Dhawan was picked up by Kyle Jarvis
for 17. Rohit Sharma went on to add another 31 runs along with Virat Kohli before falling to Chigumbura for 20 runs. From then on it was the Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayadu show.
Virat Kohli scored his 15th ODI ton; his first against Zimbabwe. Kohli made 115 of 108 balls (13*4, 1*6) and helping him take India to the target was Ambati Rayadu in a 159 run partnership for the third wicket.
Rayudu scored a valuable 63 off 84 balls (4*4). The two had brought India to 216 when Kohli fell to Prosper Utseya. The remaining runs were added by Dinesh Karthik after Suresh Raina was snapped for a duck.
India play Zimbabwe in the second match of the Bilateral Series on July 26th.
Quickest to 15 ODI 100s (least inngs) 106 V Kolhi 143 SAnwar 144 Ganguly 147 Gayle 161 Gibbs 166 Haynes 180 Ponting 182 Tendulkar #indvszim— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 24, 2013