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India tour of Zimbabwe 2015

Scorecard - 1st T20I, Zimbabwe vs India at Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe (17 Jul 2015)

India

178/5 (20) RR:8.9

India won by 54 runs

MOM: Axar Patel
Zimbabwe

124/7 (20) RR:6.2

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20.0 - Mpofu to Harbhajan, FOUR, length delivery outside off, Singh gets down on one knee and swings it hard and over mid-wicket, almost went all the way, bounces just in front of the ropes. India end up on 178

16.5 - Neville Madziva to K Jadhav, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitched and well outside off, Jadhav gets a big stride forward and drills it hard past extra cover, no need to run for those

15.5 - Mpofu to Uthappa, byes, FOUR, poor keeping from Coventry, this was the slower delivery from Mpofu, Uthappa swung and missed. Coventry didn't get his body behind the line, allows the ball to sneak through and into the fence

15.1 - Mpofu to M Pandey, FOUR, width on offer from Mpofu, the length was short as well, slapped away to the right of point for a boundary

14.5 - Muzarabani to Uthappa, FOUR, Muzarabani looks to follow Uthappa as he came down the track, Uthappa looks to flick and gets an inside edge, the fine-leg was inside the ring and the ball races past him to the fence

12.3 - Utseya to Uthappa, FOUR, that's nicely played by Uthappa, too straight from Utseya, Uthappa gets across and plays the lap sweep, uses the pace of the bowler and races away to the fence

10.1 - S Raza to Uthappa, byes, FOUR, pushed through by Raza, Uthappa went for the reverse sweep and missed, so does Coventry, the ball races away to the fence

8.5 - Utseya to Rahane, 4 wides, Utseya slips one well down the leg-side, Rahane looks to play the lap sweep and misses, so does the keeper. Chigumbura gives the chase and keeps them down to three runs

5.3 - Neville Madziva to Vijay, FOUR, uppish but four, this was full and wide from Madziva, Vijay reaches out for the drive, ends up slicing it past point, the fielder gives chase and pulls the ball back in, but it went past the boundary railings, given as a boundary

5.2 - Neville Madziva to Vijay, FOUR, lovely shot, Vijay shimmies down the track, makes room and drills a length ball past cover, no need to run for those

4.5 - Muzarabani to Vijay, FOUR, classy from Vijay, short of a length and well outside off, Vijay gets behind the line, opens the face of the bat and steers it past short third man for a boundary

4.4 - Muzarabani to Vijay, FOUR, fuller length delivery and on the stumps, Vijay clears his left leg and whips it wide of long-on, the timing is sweet and Masakadza is beaten - running to his right from long-on

3.2 - Neville Madziva to Rahane, FOUR, lovely shot, width on offer from Madziva, Rahane leans into the drive and caresses it past extra cover, no need to run for those

3.0 - Muzarabani to Vijay, FOUR, width on offer from Muzarabani, Vijay makes room outside leg and clatters it up and over mid-off, no need to run for those, expensive start from Muzarabani

2.1 - Muzarabani to Rahane, FOUR, poor ball first up from Muzarabani, nervous start from the pacer, short and well outside off, Rahane rocks back and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, beats the fielder getting across from mid-wicket

18.4 - Neville Madziva to Binny, SIX, much needed blow from Binny, makes room to the length delivery and goes high and over the bowler's head, sails over the ropes for a maximum

11.3 - Cremer to M Pandey, SIX, massive, that's out of the stadium, Cremer gave this one plenty of air and just outside off, Manish gets underneath the ball and plays the slog-sweep, high and over wide long-on for a maximum

4.2 - Muzarabani to Vijay, SIX, cracking shot, fraction too short from Muzarabani, Vijay rocks back and pulls it over square leg. Ervine was interested for a while, but the ball sailed over his head for a maximum

19.1 - Mpofu to Binny, out Caught by Cremer!! Mpofu continues to impress! The slower short ball, Binny made room and hoicked it high and towards deep mid-wicket, doesn't get enough bat and it's a simple catch for Cremer, India lose their fifth wicket, Binny falls after a small cameo. Binny c Cremer b Mpofu 11(6) [6s-1]

17.3 - Mpofu to K Jadhav, out Caught by H Masakadza!! Nicely bowled by Mpofu, this was full and just outside off, Jadhav came down the track, made room for the drive, doesn't get hold of it and ends up scooping it towards point. Masakadza moves to his right from backward point and gobbles up the opportunity. K Jadhav c H Masakadza b Mpofu 9(7) [4s-1]

15.2 - Mpofu to M Pandey, out Caught by S Raza!! Manish falls in the pursuit of quick runs! This was the slower off-cutter from Mpofu, Manish was looking to go over the bowler's head, gets it right off the bottom of the bat, the ball goes high and towards long-off. Raza settles underneath the skier and accepts the chance. M Pandey c S Raza b Mpofu 19(19) [4s-1 6s-1]

9.2 - Cremer to Rahane, out Caught by H Masakadza!! Cremer has struck! Nicely bowled by him, this was the leg-break, pitched on middle and spun away, Rahane was looking to flick it over mid-wicket, closes the face of the bat a tad too early, the leading edge is found and it pops up in the air, simple catch to Masakadza at point. Rahane c H Masakadza b Cremer 33(32) [4s-2]

7.0 - Utseya to Vijay, out Vijay Run Out!! Vijay has run himself out, India have lost their first wicket. He pushed a length ball in front of mid-wicket and set-off for a quick single. Raza was quick onto the ball, turns around and makes a direct hit at the bowler's end, it was always a tight single and Vijay is found well short. End of a nice little innings, much needed wicket for Zimbabwe. Vijay run out (S Raza) 34(19) [4s-5 6s-1]

19.3 - Mpofu to Harbhajan, 2 runs, dropped by Chibhabha, short of a length and well outside off, Singh went for the swipe, gets a top edge behind square on the on-side. Chibhabha was slow to react, he had to run a fair distance, gets both hands but can't hold on

19.2 - Sandeep Sharma to Neville Madziva, FOUR, Madziva once again gives the charge to the bowler, Sandeep Sharma tries to cramp him for room with a full ball, but Madziva manages to drive it through mid-off

19.0 - Bhuvneshwar to Utseya, FOUR, oh he's swept that on one knee for four. Length delivery on the stumps, Utseya times it sweetly and sends it through square leg

6.0 - A Patel to Chibhabha, FOUR, goes on the back foot and pulls, not timed well but in the gap wide of mid-on, Binny should have tried to cut across and dive, instead he opts to give chase and loses the race

4.3 - Mohit Sharma to Chibhabha, FOUR, Chibhabha is looking good. Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Chibhabha rocks back and drives it uppishly through cover-point and it runs away for four

3.3 - Sandeep Sharma to H Masakadza, FOUR, another scoop from Masakadza, this time from the middle of the bat. With fine leg inside the ring, Masakadza gets down on one knee and sends it over the infield for a boundary

19.3 - Sandeep Sharma to Neville Madziva, SIX, the day goes from bad to worse for Sandeep Sharma. Slower ball goes very short, Madziva stays leg-side of the ball and flat-bats it hard over long-off

18.2 - Bhuvneshwar to Utseya, SIX, in the airrrr and it goes all the way over long-on. Length delivery on the stumps, Utseya waits for the ball to come and lofts it easily over Harbhajan at long-on

8.5 - Harbhajan to Charles Coventry, SIX, well bowled but well played. Nicely tossed up by Harbhajan, Coventry gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps it handsomely over the man at deep mid-wicket

6.3 - Harbhajan to H Masakadza, SIX, Masakadza has nailed that to perfection. Harbhajan goes very short for the third successive time, Masakadza rocks back and muscles it over mid-wicket

1.4 - Sandeep Sharma to H Masakadza, SIX, innovative and effective. Fullish and just a hint of swing back in, Masakadza gets down on one knee and tries to scoop it over short fine leg, gets a bit of a top edge and it goes all the way over fine leg

1.1 - Sandeep Sharma to Chibhabha, SIX, what a way to greet the youngster to international cricket! Stunning hit from Chibhabha. Nothing wrong with the delivery at all, it was just that Chibhabha played an exceptional shot! Full and swinging back in, Chibhabha leans forward and lofts the ball with a straight bat and it has enough legs to clear long-on

17.4 - Mohit Sharma to Cremer, out Bowled!! No need to appeal for these. Slower delivery on the stumps, Cremer gives himself a bit of room and goes very early into the slog, misses it completely and the ball shatters the off stump. Umpire checks for the front foot no-ball, but Mohit Sharma was well behind the line. Cremer b Mohit Sharma 9(14)

16.0 - A Patel to S Raza, out Bowled!! Axar Patel signs off in style! He finishes with three wickets. Raza comes down the track and tries to play on the on-side, but Patel cramped him for room with this slider, beat the inside edge of the bat and it knocked over the leg stump. S Raza b A Patel 10(17)

13.4 - Binny to S Raza, out C Ervine Run Out!! 1 run completed. That's a brilliant direct-hit from Mohit. Fullish and on the stumps, Raza moves across and works it to the vacant mid-wicket region, wants two and Ervine responds. Mohit runs forward from deep mid-wicket, the ball was near the edge of the 30-yard-circle, he had one stump to aim at and was off balance while releasing the ball but he hit the bull's-eye at the bowler's end. Excellent work that from Mohit Sharma! C Ervine run out (Mohit Sharma) 2(8)

10.5 - Harbhajan to Charles Coventry, out Caught by Rahane!! Second wicket for Harbhajan and Zimbabwe have completely lost the plot after a great start. Flatter delivery on the leg stump, Coventry goes for the flick, gets a thick leading edge that goes straight to the man at mid-wicket. India have picked up 4 wickets in the last 17 balls. Charles Coventry c Rahane b Harbhajan 10(10) [6s-1]

10.0 - A Patel to Chigumbura, out Bowled!! Lazy from Chigumbura and the middle pole is uprooted. The skidder from Patel, Chigumbura hardly moves his feet, tries to keep it out but it sneaks through and shatters the middle stump. From 55/0, Zimbabwe have been reduced to 66/3. Chigumbura b A Patel 1(3)

9.2 - A Patel to H Masakadza, out Caught by K Jadhav!! That's a soft dismissal. Flighted delivery down the leg-side, Masakadza tries to scoop it fine, but doesn't get the timing right, the ball hits him high on the bat and goes straight to the man at short fine leg, who didn't have to move an inch. H Masakadza c K Jadhav b A Patel 28(24) [4s-1 6s-2]

8.1 - Harbhajan to Chibhabha, out Caught by M Pandey!! In the airrrr, not timed well and that's an excellent catch at long-on. Flighted delivery on the stumps, Chibhabha goes for a big shot over wide long-on, mistimes it completely as it goes off the outside half of the bat, Pandey runs to his left from long-on and takes it before sliding onto the ground. End of a fine opening partnership. Chibhabha c M Pandey b Harbhajan 23(27) [4s-2 6s-1]

7.0 - Harbhajan to H Masakadza, 2 runs, on the leg stump, Masakadza tucks it into the vacant mid-wicket region and quickly returns for the second. Fifty partnership comes up

3.5 - Sandeep Sharma to Chibhabha, no run, a direct-hit would have been curtains for Hamilton Masakadza. Yorker on the leg stump, Chibhabha digs it out towards extra-cover, Masakadza takes off for a run, but Chibhabha sends him back, Rahane takes him but fails to hit the target at the bowler's end. Masakadza was not even in the picture

1.3 - Sandeep Sharma to Chibhabha, 1 run, Chibhabha gvies the charge and taps this short of length delivery to cover-point, the fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses. A direct-hit would have been very interesting