IND vs ZIM: India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe after winning the first ODI comfortably by 10 wickets on Thursday. Coming back from injury, KL Rahul led the Indian side to a comprehensive victory. Along with him, Deepak Chahar also marked his comeback into International cricket after recovering from injury.
Chahar made a significant impact right away as he made things difficult for the hosts with his impeccable line and lengths. The Indian pacer bowled disciplined lengths and troubled the batters with his swing. He ran through Zimbabwe’s top order, claiming top-three wickets of Innocent Kaia (4), Marumani (8), and Madhevere (5).
Sean Williams too didn’t make an impact as Siraj had him caught in the 11th over to leave Zimbabwe in complete disarray at 31 for 4. Raza (12 off 17) was looking good until Prasidh Krishna cleaned him up with a toe-crushing yorker. Zimbabwe had lost half of their side for just 66 runs.
Skipper, Chakabva, however, held firm at one end and managed to score 35 runs in 51 balls but the likes of Jongwe and Burl couldn’t give him support for too long. At one stage, Zimbabwe had lost 8 for 110 runs on the board. It looked like they would bundle out soon. However, a 70-run partnership between Evans and Ngarava meant Zimbabwe managed to score 189 runs in the first innings.
For India, the likes of Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna and Axar Patel claimed three wickets each. In pursuit of the target, India didn’t face any discomfort. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill took some time before changing gears. The duo stayed right till the end and helped India win the game by 10 wickets. Dhawan stayed unbeaten on 81 runs in 113 balls, while Gill scored 82 runs in 72 deliveries, including 10 fours and 1 six.
IND vs ZIM Brief Scores: India 192 for 0 (Gill 82*, Dhawan 81*) beat Zimbabwe 189 (Chakabva 35, Ngarava 34, Axar 3-24, Chahar 3-27, Prasidh 3-50) by 10 wickets
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