Zimbabwe v India | Tri-Series |Game 1| Bulawayo | 28/5/10

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The Preview by Sidharth Monga

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Match Facts
Friday, May 28, 2010
Start time 0900 (0700 GMT)

Elton Chigumbura took three top-order wickets and smashed an unbeaten 60 to flatten Bangladesh, Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Mirpur, October 27, 2009
Elton Chigumbura will make his debut as Zimbabwe captain © Associated Press
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Matches: Zimbabwe v India at Bulawayo
Series/Tournaments: India tour of Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe Triangular Series
Teams: India | Zimbabwe

The Big Picture
Once was Zimbabwe cricket. Now it's just a carcass, almost like a country starting anew after a bloody war. World cricket looked healthy when Zimbabwe were healthy. A team comprising Heath Streak, Flower brothers, Alistair Campbell, Paul Strang, Neil Johnson, Murray Goodwin, Henry Olonga, Guy Whittall and Stuart Carlisle at the bottom of the pile was not a bad sign at all. In the mid-to-late nineties, this team threatened the notion of minnows. A decade later, they have just about started rising from the shambles and have already hit the first roadblock - Prosper Utseya's resignation from captaincy under mysterious circumstances.

By no means is this tri-series top-flight international cricket: it features two other teams who should by now be sick of playing each other, that too massively under-par because of rested players. Nonetheless, it is international cricket, it is being played in Zimbabwe, and that should be cause for celebration, cause for looking forward to whether the game still enjoys a following in the country.

As far as India is concerned, Zimbabwe is remembered as the place where Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell embarked upon a rather harmonious captain-coach journey. That was five years ago, and no such drama is expected this time. None of the players from that tour have made the trip this time around. Some, like Irfan Pathan, have taken their personal careers down the Zimbabwe route. Some, like Harbhajan Singh who recently helped Zimbabwe get proper kits, have been rested. It only promises closer contests. India, led by young Suresh Raina who's yet to play a Test, against Zimbabwe, charged by their battery of strangulating spinners, who have everything to gain.

Form guide (most recent first)
Zimbabwe LLLLW
India LWWLW

Watch out for...
Weeks after the coach Alan Butcher raised a mild disciplinary question about him, Elton Chigumbura finds himself leading the side, following Utseya's resignation. He is one of the most cleanest hitters in the side, and he now has a very important responsibility.

Raina is an unlikely captain too, keeping the seat warm for a resting MS Dhoni. He promises a more eager, energetic performance from the young side he is leading, something his own play does too.

Team news
On the slow and low pitches in the West Indies, Zimbabwe were used to playing a line-up full of spinners, with Chigumbura to bowl some seam-up. Here they could get Chris Mpofu in.

Zimbabwe (possible) 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Charles Coventry, 4 Brendan Taylor, 5 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 6 Elton Chigumbura (capt.), 7 Andy Blignaut, 8 Greg Lamb, 9 Graeme Cremer/Prosper Utseya, 10 Chris Mpofu, 11 Ray Price.

India, too, should rely mainly on their spinners, including part-timers like Ravindra Jadeja, whose career ODI economy-rate of 4.90 is in stark contrast with his performance in the World Twenty20 (9.75).

India (possible) 1 M Vijay, 2 Dinesh Karthik/Naman Ojha (wk), 3 Suresh Raina (capt.), 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 R Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Vinay Kumar, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav.

Stats and trivia

* Zimbabwe have won only one out of their last 11 ODIs. Four of those losses have come against Bangladesh.

* At 23 years 182 days, Raina will become the ninth-youngest man to captain an ODI side. He has played 90 ODIs without a Test cap, overtaking the Indian record for 73 ODIs before Test debut, held by Yuvraj Singh. By the end of the tri-series, he should have at least equalled Andrew Symonds' world record - 94.

Quotes
"The tour will be an opportunity to learn and press for a regular berth in the ODIs and stake a claim at the highest level - Test cricket."
Suresh Raina is looking forward to the tournament.

"This is a real tough two weeks for us as we try to re-establish ourselves as a top cricket country. We have done pretty well in the last couple of months and are keen to continue."
Elton Chigumbura knows the importance of the tournament.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo


intresting to see who going to win this one,both team looks equal,
 
Sir john said:
hey hey i always support good cricket not a team,right.

No I was just asking because I thought you were from Zimbabwe, but then I read the thread you created about Sambaa (Mac Mohan). :inzi
 
i supporting both teams,whoesever win i happy,it is a emotional match for me.
 
Unbelievable stuff

3.1
Chigumbura to Karthik, 1 wide, in the channel outside off stump, left alone
3.1
Chigumbura to Karthik, 3 wides, pushes this down the leg side and Taylor, the keeper, gets a hand on it
3.1
Chigumbura to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the pads, rolls to the on side
3.2
Chigumbura to Karthik, FOUR, short and wide again and Karthik cuts it away to the boundary. Only Mpofu has bowled really well so far.
3.3
Chigumbura to Karthik, 1 wide, shoves this way down the leg side and Taylor makes a half-stop
3.3
Chigumbura to Karthik, 5 wides, Hmmm ... What is going on out there? Another way ward wide down the leg side. Poor Taylor had no chance.
3.3
Chigumbura to Karthik, 5 wides, Oh well .. Another wide down the leg side. Taylor goes flying but he is just Clark Kent without the caper. Can't reach it
He has now switched to round the stumps. Let's see what happens now.
3.3
Chigumbura to Karthik, (no ball) 2 runs, Oh ho, it's a no ball now! And also outside leg stump but Karthik flicks it away
3.3
Chigumbura to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik goes for the flat-batted heave and top edges it to mid-on where Price takes the "Catch".
3.4
Chigumbura to Vijay, 2 runs, still from round the stumps, full pitched on the legs and Vijay flicks it through midwicket
3.5
Chigumbura to Vijay, 1 run, finally something in the off-stump channel, run down to third man.
3.6
Chigumbura to Karthik, no run, on the middle stump and Karthik works it to midwicket. The over ends. Finally. True story.
 
1 over, 12 delieveries, 26 runs

only 9 by batsmen.

What a disaster!

India 53/0 in 8 overs.
 
now, 2 run-outs in four balls!!!

First, Vijay then Kohli. Kohli out without facing a ball.

58/2 in 10 overs
 
India is in deeeeep trouble here. Lets see what the middle order can do. Don't expect too much of the tail-enders
 
If the target is around 200. with the help of new indian bowlers, it will be possible..
 
If chewing gum guy had not bowled a 26-run over India would have been 50+ for 3 now.
 
sharma hasnt really proved himself as yet on the international arena...lookin a bit nervous...
he needs to get a score ere
 
India 210/4 with 6 overs left...

should be looking at 260 here atleast!
 
Jadeja, the best all-rounder helping India out. I wish India stuck with him and don't let this amazing talent wasted.
 
Amazing knock by Jadeja, 50 off just 57 balls.

What a talent.

What a player.

:14: :14: :14: :14:
 
dani2k said:
Well..when he got out it was in the 90s...so credit to him :14:

he picked up pace later. but this is isnt ideally the way someone should pace his innings.

Lucky that he did not get out early, if he had then it is a total waste.

He should maintain a healthy strike rate atleast above 75 at all points of his innings.
 
Cant see Zimbos getting anywhere near this total of 286 to win!
 
the ipl players came good in the last ten overs against a weak zim side
 
ozymandias said:
he picked up pace later. but this is isnt ideally the way someone should pace his innings.

Lucky that he did not get out early, if he had then it is a total waste.

He should maintain a healthy strike rate atleast above 75 at all points of his innings.

True about picking up pace later. May be that is his role - playing the sheet anchor and that is why he played likewise while the others were supposed to go for shots. Also when he came in India were three down for 60 odd so he had to protect his wicket.

He did play well to get to a century and enable India make a good score in the end, so let us give him some credit after all the stick he received in the World T20 ..
 
Afridi_Fan said:
Jadeja, the best all-rounder helping India out. I wish India stuck with him and don't let this amazing talent wasted.


You cruel *****..
 
sakss said:
the ipl players came good in the last ten overs against a weak zim side

This current Indian team is not exactly strong either. 3 out of the 4 frontline bowlers are making their debuts today. Considering the collective experience, I guess Zimbabwe has more experience against this Indian team.

So your excuse just wouldnt cut.
 
dani2k said:
True about picking up pace later. May be that is his role - playing the sheet anchor and that is why he played likewise while the others were supposed to go for shots. Also when he came in India were three down for 60 odd so he had to protect his wicket.

He did play well to get to a century and enable India make a good score in the end, so let us give him some credit after all the stick he received in the World T20 ..

He certainly deserved his century. Kudos to him.
 
im loving this....gr8 start....ordinary ipl bowling showing ere
 
I think Zimbabwe batsmen will struggle against Mishra. He has picked up on wicket and batsmen aren't picking him at all.

Other Indians debutants were quite ordinary, wasn't impressed with any of them but good on India to giv them all a chance. This is what we should do very soon to make sure there are enough backup bowlers.
 
Inexperience in the bowling showing up. Zimbabweans are playing very well too. 60-40 Zim ATM..
 
Zimbos kicking the kebab out of an attack more ordinary than usual by India.
 
they required now almost 6/ over with wickets in hand .. they can do it ..

come on .. yar :) show india ... real face about their SO CALLED BENCH STRENGTH
 
and need decent support from other end.

they should not hold back ... keep looking for singles atleast

first 2 balls should have been easily placed away for singles

come on guyzz..
 
If Zimbabwe cannot win against a second-string bowling attack, that of INDIA none the less, then I don't see how they'd win anything....
 
LOL, all this time I thought Zimbabwe were batting first!
 
Coventry, Blignaut and Ervine are back in Zimbabwe team!

If only Goodwin, Streak, Flowers had not left the team when it mattered :(
 
That slower ball was VERY VERY slow. Coventry picked it up but he still missed it. That's how slow it was

Probably like 50 kmph
 
still in favor of Zimbabwe though inform convetry is gone


49 in 6 overs .. pp now should be taken
 
Newayz .. india second string bowling is also exposed now ..

TheY JUST CANT PRODUCE 1 GOOD BOWLER
 
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