Friday, 26 July 2013

Shikhar Dhawan Ton: India beat Zimbabwe in the 3rd ODI

India won by 58 runs against Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI Cricket Match Played at Harare Sports Club on 26th July 2013. Shikhar Dhawan (116) and Dinesh Karthik (69) starred with the bat while Jaydev Unadkat (4/41) and Amit Mishra (2/46) did well with the ball as India defeated Zimbabwe by 58 runs to take a 2-0 lead.

Shikhar Dhawan set the tone with a fine albeit chancy century. In the reply, Zimbabwe got off to a solid start. Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza started confidently but once these two fell the innings just fell apart. Zimbabwe were then just trying to play out the 50 overs. They managed to do that. For India, Unadkat had a very good day. He picked up 4 wickets and ran out Taylor as well.

Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match for his 116.

Zimbabwe won the toss, and elected to field
India: 294/8 (50.0 Ovs)
Zimbabwe: 236/9 (50.0 Ovs)
India won by 58 runs

At the Presentation Ceremony:

Brendan Taylor told: 'We gave them too many chances and they made us pay. That partnership (between Dhawan and DK) really killed us. It was a good wicket to bat on. The top order has to take responsibility for this failure. We were really slow on the field. There were penalties in place. In hindsight, we should have just slowed the game down a bit. Our seam attack is pretty strong. We have to tighten up in the middle overs.'

Virat Kohli told: 'It was going to be a challenge for the batsmen. We lost a few early wickets, there were a few tricky calls as well. There are two sides of having luck. You could get bogged down or keep going. Dhawan kept going despite nicking a few. Dinesh as well. Pity he did not get a 100. We ended up getting 294. Those two batted beautifully. The wicket suited Unadkat. He bowls a good length and has good change of pace as well. The others supported him well. We are a new side. We are going to be put under pressure. The guys responded beautifully today.'

Dhawan told: 'It was one of my lucky days. You have some lucky days. I was playing well in the earlier matches but kept getting out. The wicket was not easy to bat on. But Dinesh and I batted well. That partnership got us through. I'm enjoying the moment. I'm in good form. We just wanted to play on the merit of the ball. We just wanted to stay. We knew we could recover later because both of us had a good range of shots.'


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