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26-Jul-2013 15:15:00 GMT
Zimbabwe v India, 2nd ODI, Harare

Dhawan, Unadkat Stars in India Win

Harare: Shikhar Dhawan (116) and Dinesh Karthik (69) starred with the bat while Jaydev Unadkat (4/41) did well with the ball as India defeated Zimbabwe by 58 runs in the second ODI at Harare on Friday.

India to take a 2-0 lead. Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match for his 116.

Unadkat was the pick of the Indian bowlers, showing off his slower ball and yorker on his way to a four-wicket haul. Mishra experimented with a quicker front-of-the-hand delivery, Jadeja was steady as ever and Mohammad Shami continues to impress.

Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2/46) ended Hamilton Masakadza's fight and then dismissed Malcom Waller in quick succession.

Masakadza scored 34 before getting caught by Mohammad Sami at short fine leg. Waller failed to fire and was trapped leg before after scoring just two.

Chasing a massive 295, Zimbabwe got off to a steady start before Jaydev Unadkat struck in the 11th over to inflict first jolt to them at the score of 45 by removing Sikandar Raza.

Indian bowlers then toiled hard against Sibanda, who notched up 57-ball fifty to lead Zimbabwe chase. He smashed seven fours and two sixes in his 19th ODI fifty.

However, in the 21st over, Unadkat struck again to end Sibanda's (55) challenge. Zimbabwe suffered another jolt in the same over when Brendan Taylor got run-out for nought.

Ravindra Jadeja then struck on the first delivery of the 27th over to trap Sean Williams (5) leg before, giving Zimbabwe fourth blow at the score of 127.

Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan capitalised on sloppy bowling and fielding by the Zimbabweans to hit his third ODI century as India recovered from early jolts to post a daunting 294 for eight.

Dhawan, who got at least three lives, struck 116 from 127 balls and shared 167 runs with Dinesh Karthik (69) for the fifth wicket to take India to a big total after they were reduced to 65 for four in the 17th over at the Harare Sports Club.

The Zimbabweans, who put the visitors in, spilled regulation catches and their wayward bowlers conceded 28 extras. Dhawan was dropped twice when on 14 and 70 and the Indian also benefited from a no-ball by Kyle Jarvis in the fifth over when he had added just three runs to his name.

The 27-year-old Indian, however, hung on and hit his third ODI ton in his 17th match to save the Indians the blushes. He hit 11 fours and two sixes.

Karthik played his part with a composed 74-ball innings which was studded with six fours as the duo denied the Zimbabweans any success for 25.4 overs.

India ended their innings in style with tail-enders Vinay Kumar (27 not out) and Mohammed Shami (6 not out) scoring 23 from the last over with the help of three sixes and a four.

Captain Virat Kohli, who hit a match-winning hundred in the first match two days ago, could only score 14 runs while the other opener Rohit Sharma (1), Ambati Rayudu (5), Suresh Raina (4) and Ravindra Jadeja (15) were also out cheaply.

Karthik and Dhawan were in full flow at that stage though the former survived a dropped catch. The duo took 13 runs each from the 40th and 42nd overs bowled by Prosper Utseya and Vitori respectively.

After Karthik and Dhawan were out in quick succession in the 43rd and 44th overs respectively, the lower order ensured that India go near the 300-run mark.

Earlier,  Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor won the toss and asked India to bat.

One change in Zimbabwe squad, Brian Vitori comes in for Mutombodzi.

India are unchanged.


Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (Captain & wk), Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Shami Ahmed, Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat

Brief scores
294/8 (Dhawan 116, Karthik 69)
Zimbabwe 236/9 (Sibanda 55, Utseya 52*, Unadkat 4-41)
Result India won by 58 runs

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