Friday, 26 July 2013

3rd ODI: India set 295 runs target for Zimbabwe at Harare

India tour of Zimbabwe 2013: Zimbabwe have won the toss and elected to field against India in the 3rd ODI Match played at Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed a superb century while Dinesh Karthik and Vinay Kumar too chipped in vital cameos as India ended with a huge score of 294/8. Dhawan was well supported by Dinesh Karthik who helped himself to a 50. At the end, Vinay Kumar played a nice little cameo as 23 came off the final over. Zimbabwe who are considered to be one of the best fielding sides in the world had a horrible day, dropping 3 catches and even the ground-fielding wasn't up to their usually high standards. Maybe it was an off-day for them. That's the only plausible excuse one can think of. Anway Zimbabwe will need a collective effort with the bat if they are to have any hopes of chasing this down.

Zimbabwe have only themselves to blame, no-one else for their first-half showing. They had the ideal conditions to bowl in - it was swinging and seaming, they even got the early wicket of Rohit Sharma, but it all changed when Jarvis got a wicket off a no-ball. From then, things went pear-shaped as India gained momentum from that point. Still the story didn't end there. Rayudu was dropped and then Dhawan, who made the Zimbabwean bowlers pay for their poor stuff with his 3rd 100.


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