India has also won the second one-day international easily against Zimbabwe on Monday. Yuvedra Chahal’s outstanding bowling figures helped India to take a lead of 2-0 and win the three-match series.
Like always, Indian skipper won the toss and chose to bowl first. Masakadza and Chibhabha the two openers for Zimbabwe and Barinder Sran with the new ball for visitors. The conditions were ideal for swing bowling. On the first bowl, Sran appealed as the ball hits the pad but the umpire shakes his head.
Chahal shine this time, India beaten Zimbabwe by eight wickets
India gets its first breakthrough when Sran was again introduced into the bowling attack. Bowl was going towards the off side and Hamilton Masakadza played on the rise and ball went straight to third man Bumrah. He was gone after scoring 9 runs off 17 balls.
Indian bowlers were enjoying bowling in these conditions where ball was getting the swing. Before Peter Moor settle there, who came out to bat after the wicket of Masakadza, he was bowled lbw by Barinder Sran. The replays showed that the ball was missing the wickets, bad decision by the umpire.
The next fall for Zimbabwe was the opener Chibhabha who was lbw out on the ball of Dhaval Kulkarni. After the third wicket, Sibanda started taking the chances and was hitting good shots around the ground. The team was hoping that he will bat through the end.
As Zimbabwe reached 100 runs in the 24th over, Sibanda completed his half-century off 58 balls. Finally, India got the wicket. Sikander Raza went to pavilion while trying to clear the ropes off Chahal. He didn’t time it well and the ball went straight into the hands of Kedar Jadhav.
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Chigumbura walks out to the middle and with the same speed he returned back. Chahal bowled a flipper this time and he is out for a golden duck.
Then came the big blow for the host team. It was the wicket of Sibanda who played an unnecessary a big shot at the time and caught out by Jadhav.
After the spinner shined for the team, the Indian skipper introduced a pacer this time to collapse the lower order of Zimbabwe. It did the trick and Mutumbam was catch out by Bumrah and a sharp catch by Dhoni. Then, Chatara was clean bowled by Kulkarni.
Muzarabani was the last wicket of the team as Williams was injured and didn’t come to bat. He is out LBW off Axar.
The host team finished up at 126 runs. Sibanda was the most successful for Zimbabwe scoring 53 runs off 69 balls. Chibaba and Raja scored 21 runs and 16 runs respectively and no other batsman scored in double digits.
For India Yujendra Chahal took up three wickets, Sran and Kulkarni bowled two batsman each.
It was an easy chase for India from the last time when they chased down 169 runs. Rahul who scored a century in the last match came out to bat with Karun Nair.
Rahul has is timing the ball sweetly in the middle. Both openers were looking in a good touch and India completed fifty in the 14th over.
India lost his first wicket as Rahul inside-edges the Chibhabha delivery back on to his stumps. He got into a poor position for the drive and walked back scoring 33 runs off 50 runs.
Ambati Raidu came as a first wicket down having scored an unbeaten fifty in the first one-day international. He was playing like previously and India complete 100 runs in the 22nd over.
Nair sweeps, misses and is trapped in front by Raza and went back to dugout scoring 39 runs off 68 balls.
But it was little late for Zimbabwe and India won the match by eight wickets in his hands. For his outstanding bowling figures of 3 for 25, he was awarded as the man of the match.
India will play the third one-day match at Harare Sports Club on June 15.