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India vs Zimbabwe: Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik make it 2-0, India cricket match, Cricket match series, Indian team, ODI match, latest cricket updates. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 July 2013 05:31
India vs Zimbabwe: Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik make it 2-0, India cricket match, Cricket match series, Indian team, ODI match, latest cricket updates.

dhawan-new-afpA wicket off a no-ball, several dropped catches, one controversial one that was claimed, a collapse followed by the biggest fifth-wicket partnership for India against Zimbabwe, a plucky century to Shikhar Dhawan and a stubborn rearguard from the hosts. It was an eventful ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

At the end of 100 overs India emerged victorious by 58 runs to take a 2-0 lead over Zimbabwe, with the hosts' generosity in allowing them rack up a total of 294 being the decisive factor in the outcome. The first ten overs of the match saw Dhawan reprieved twice, Virat Kohli given out in controversial manner and Ambati Rayudu dropped. Zimbabwe had a sniff of something special when Rayudu fell but India's ability to hit back successfully from mini-collapses was shown again when Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik shared a 167-run stand, a national record against Zimbabwe in ODIs.

Dhawan was forced to dig deep on a slowish pitch that offered a little bounce and turn to the bowlers, and had a repair job on his hands, too: India were in a dicey position of 65 for 4. The lives given proved costly for Zimbabwe. Shrugging off an indifferent run of form since he was named Man of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy, the 27-year-old scored his third ODI century and with Karthik (69) breathed life back into the innings. After a brief flutter at the death, India's tail looted 23 off the last over to secure a match-winning total.

The inning started poorly after they were put in to bat, with Rohit Sharma commemorating his 100th ODI appearance with a score of 1, driving loosely at Brian Vitori who came in for Tinotenda Mutombodzi as the only change of the match on either side. Soon after, Dhawan got his first life after replays showed Kyle Jarvis had overstepped before having his man caught behind on 3. The rest of the Jarvis over contained a five-run no-ball down the pads and two sumptuous cover drives for four.

Kohli had a bit of luck when a back-foot splice dropped between mid-off and cover when he was on 9, but his dismissal was anything but lucky. On 14, he clipped Jarvis off the pads to mid-on where Malcolm Waller dived forward and claimed the catch. Kohli stood is ground and umpire Bruce Oxenford decided to have a closer look. Certain angles showed the ball bouncing before Waller, others were not as conclusive; to Kohli's frustration the third umpire ruled him out.

Dhawan was then dropped on 14 by Brendan Taylor, driving at Jarvis without much footwork; it was a simple catch that the Zimbabwean wicketkeeper-captain juggled and let spill. On 3, Rayudu got a life when Vitori palmed off a mistimed drive in his follow-through. He, though, was not able to press on. Having scratched his way to 4 off 25 balls, Rayudu drove Vitori to cover. Suresh Raina's poor form continued when he got a piece of bat on a full delivery frown the pads from Tendai Chatara, leaving India hurting in the 17th over. Who would buckle next?

Dhawan, no doubt heaving a few sighs of relief, knuckled down to score 116 off 127 balls. In terms of balls faced it was Dhawan's slowest century, but like the previous two it delivered victory. Without entirely shunning his aggressive ways, Dhawan worked the ball around and most importantly ran excellently between the wickets. Karthik's innings was no less important, for it allowed Dhawan to flourish. Deftly nudging the ball into the gaps and pouncing on the loose offerings, Karthik picked up a crucial half-century. Like Dhawan, he targeted Prosper Utseya and was particularly keen on sweeping the spinner off line.