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IND vs ZIM 2nd ODI: India Seal Series With Eight-wicket Win
India 129 for 2 (Rayudu 41*) beat Zimbabwe 126 (Sibanda 53, Chahal 3-25) by eight wickets…
There was never a doubt about what the scoreline would read after the end of the three-match ODI series between India and Zimbabwe and with an easy eight-wicket victory in the 2nd ODI on Monday, India’s second string team ensured that it is well on course to inflict a series whitewash on the hosts.
And as hard as it may be to believe, this victory marks India’s first ODI series win since July 2015, when they whitewashed the same opposition under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane.
A target of 126 was never going to bother this India line-up and the likes of KL Rahul (33), Karun Nair (39) and Ambati Rayudu (41*) played their part to help them chase down the target with 23.1 overs to spare.
In company of Rahul, Karun first combined for a 58-run partnership for the opening wicket and then for a 67-run stand for the second wicket with Rayudu. Karun was not as brisk and fluent as his counterparts, but he did not have to make any haste owing to the luxury of the small target.
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Karun is a technically sound player and he showed his technical prowess well, grinding his way to a watchful start. He did get a reprieve on 12 when he went for a cut shot off Tendai Chatara, only to edge it to the keeper Richmond Mutumbami. Luckily for Karun, Chatara had overstepped and he grew on confidence, timing the ball well from there on.
Rahul was an embodiment of confidence after his record-setting century in the first ODI and his knock of 33 off 50 balls, that included four boundaries, was only cut short owing to his own over enthusiasm, when he played on to his stumps off Chamu Chibhabha .
Rayudu played a chanceless innings and if it was not for Sikander Raza trapping Karun in front with just three runs for victory, India would have cantered home with same victory margin as the first match.
The match was setup by India’s bowlers, a familiar script from the first ODI, after Indian skipper MS Dhoni opted to bowl for the second time in the series. Barinder Sran and Dhawal Kulkarni started well and restricted the hosts to 39 for three by the tenth over.
However, Zimbabwe showed some spark in the form of Vusi Sibanda, who notched up his 21st ODI fifty, but he failed to carry on and Zimbabwe collapsed to 126 for nine in 34.3 overs, after being 106 for 3 in 25.
Legpsinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the wrecker-in-chief in the middle-overs as he claimed 3 for 25 in his six overs, after being hit for 17 in his first two. Sibanda and Raza had painstakingly built a platform for their team during their association of 67 runs for the fourth wicket, but a brain-freeze moment from Raza opened the floodgates.
Raza went for a slog sweep off Chahal, playing against the spin and perished at long-on. Zimbabwe’s most accomplished player, Elton Chigumbura misread a loopy delivery and was trapped in front the very next ball.
An over later, Sibanda did a Raza and Kedar Jadhav at long-on pounced on to his second catch. Sibanda departed for 53 off 69 balls and that was it for Zimbabwe. India wiped out the tail in no time and the chase was as nonchalant as you could possibly imagine.
Source: Times Of India