Thursday, 1 August 2013

4th ODI: India beat Zimbabwe by 9 Wickets - August 1, 2013

India won by 9 wickets with 115 balls remaining against Zimbabwe in the 4th ODI Cricket Match Played at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo on August 1, 2013. Raina and Sharma cracked fine fifties while Jadeja and Mishra starred with the ball as India won the 4th ODI by 9 wickets. Click here for the Full Scorecard Update.

Zimbabwe: 144 (42.4 Ovs)
India have won the toss and elected to field. Mohit Sharma strikes very early and got the first wicket Sikandar Raza in the 7th over of the match for 16 runs. After getting off to a slow start, they began losing wickets at regular intervals and lost half of their side with just 47 on the board. Waller and Chigumbura showed some fight-back putting up a 80-run partnership but after Waller's wicket, the tail crumbled soon after. The Indian bowlers were brilliant with debutant Mohit Sharma picking up two important wickets. A very poor performance by Zimbabwe as they are bowled out for a mere 144.

India: 145/1 (30.5 Ovs)
Cheteshwar Pujara failed to make the most of his opportunity at the top of the order as he was bowled by Chatara for just 13. Rohit Sharma scratched around but made sure that he did not throw his wicket away. Raina, promoted to No. 3 made the most of the chance as the duo scripted an impressive partnership. Easy win in the end for the Indians. The result was never in doubt once they bowled Zimbabwe out for 144.  India now go 4-0 up and will look to complete the whitewash when the two teams meet on Saturday.

Mohit Sharma is the Man of the Match on debut

In the Presentation:

Taylor: 'It is pretty frustrating. We are not able find ways to end our losing streak. We are not converting our preparations into results. There were lots of soft dismissals and we have been capitulating every time. We can't come back from those situations. We have one more game and we have everything to play for. Hopefully, we can put some smiles on the faces of our fans in the next match.'

Kohli: 'There was a bit on that wicket, the bowlers extracted some movement from the surface and got us the early wickets. Raina and Rohit Sharma finished the chase off well. We have some good fielders and Jadeja is one of them. Very pleased for Mohit Sharma. He bowled really well and was accurate. We wanted to give the guys who did not have a decent bat a go, it was good to see Rohit and Raina do well. We want to end on a high and go home with a smile. We need to execute our skills well and the end result will come as well.'

Mohit Sharma: 'It feels good and I would like to thank the skipper for giving me the chance. I just wanted to keep things simple, I am very excited. I did not try too much and I just kept to the basics. Hopefully, I will do well in the future as well.'


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