NEW: Chevrons humbled!  

18 Aug, 2022 - 16:08 0 Views
NEW: Chevrons humbled!  

The Sunday Mail

Online Reporter  

THE euphoria of the recent series wins over Bangladesh dissipated on Thursday as India claimed the first One-Day International of their three-match series by 10 wickets at Harare Sports Club.

There was no dancing, pomp or fanfare for the Chevrons, as the Asians humbled them in front of their home fans to take a one-nil lead, and 10 crucial points, in their three-match Super League ODI series.

Put in to bat first, Zimbabwe could only amass 189 runs, as they were bundled out in 40 overs, with tail-enders Brad Evans and Richard Ngarava once again showing more fight in them than the top- and middle-order.

The two tried their level best to bring some respectability to Zimbabwe’s sub-par batting display, as they shared a 70-run ninth-wicket partnership that saw the hosts cantered towards the 200-run mark, which at one time in the match seemed almost impossible.

Prior to that, only skipper Regis Chakabva’s 35 off 51 balls was worth any mention during a top- and middle-order collapse that has characterised the team’s performance.

The duo of Innocent Kaia (4) and man-of-the-moment, Sikandar Raza (12) failed to replicate their heroics from the Bangladesh tour, as India ran through Zimbabwe’s batting line-up and had them reeling at 110 for eight, before Evans and Ngarava came together.

The two (Evans and Ngarava) then made 70 runs off 65 balls during the ninth-wicket stand, before Zimbabwe were ultimately dismissed for 189.

The trio of Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna and Axar Patel took three wickets apiece, as India stamped their authority with a stellar performance with the ball.

 

In response, the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan (81) and Shubman Gill raced to their target without so much as breaking a sweat.

The two starred in an unbeaten 192-run partnership that came off 185 balls and easily saw the visitors cross the finishing line.

For his efforts with the ball, Chahar was awarded Player-of-the-Match after taking three wickets for 27 runs.

The two teams meet again at Harare Sports Club on Saturday for the second ODI.

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