India tour of Zimbabwe 2013 : Zimbabwe Vs India, 1st ODI at Harare Sports Club - Jul 24, 2013
Match scheduled to begin at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT)
Teams : Zimbabwe Vs India
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe
India have played 12 ODIs at the Harare Sports Club, won 7 & lose 5 matches. Against Zimbabwe at this venue, won five & lost two matches.
Time: 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT, 12:30 PM IST).
Toss: India won the toss and bowl first
Zimbabwe 228/7 (50 Ov)
India 230/4 (44.5 Ov)
India won by 6 wickets
Man of the match Virat Kohli for his 115 runs off 108 balls
Virat Kohli scored his 15th ODI hundred as India strolled to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI in Harare
Brendan Taylor: First hour was vital, We didn't lose any wickets but we could have been a bit more proactive. Against a quality side like India we needed 270 on the board. Sikandar Raza played very well, showing good composure despite having hardly played any games. Prosper Utseya was good with the ball and hopefully next time we can come out and express ourselves a little better.
Virat Kohli is the Man-of-the-Match. Happy with the win. Always good to kick off a tour with a win and personally I was happy with the way I played. The ball was moving around a bit early on and it was all about percentage cricket, rotating the strike and then playing your shots at the end. Our bowlers did a very good job up front. The new ball was doing quite a bit in the morning and with two new balls you can't count any team out. Congratulations to Ambati Rayudu, he's got an India call-up after a long time and he's grabbed his opportunity very well.
Ambati Rayudu has been given his India cap and will be making his debut today. Jaydev Unadkat is also making his debut.
Brendan Taylor says he would have definitely bowled first as well. He says the first hour against two new balls will be challenging but after that conditions should ease up for batting.
India vs Zimbabwe Head to Head ODI Matches Record (1983-2013):
Total Matches: 51
India Won: 39
Zimbabwe Won: 10
India vs Zimbabwe ODI Series Results of Winner Team:
India 1-0, India 3-0, Zimbabwe 1-0, India 2-1, India 4-1 and India 3-2.
Last five completed matches
India: W W W L L
Zimbabwe: W W L L L
Winters in Zimbabwe are cold and dry and usually the pitches reflect this, favouring spin over seam and playing a little on the slow side.
1. Despite some notable successes, such as at the 1999 World Cup, Zimbabwe have only beaten India in 10 out of the 51 ODIs they've played against them since 1983.
2.The first obstacle for Zimbabwe's bowlers in a daunting Indian batting line-up will be the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who average 57.72 in partnership and have put together three century stands.
3.Of Zimbabwe's current batsmen, captain Brendan Taylor has by far the best record against India in ODIs, with 184 runs at 46 against them in four games.
Zimbabwe Playing XI: H Masakadza, V Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor(c)(wk), SC Williams, MN Waller, E Chigumbura, TC Mutombodzi, P Utseya, KM Jarvis, TL Chatara
India Playing XI: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli(c), KD Karthik(wk), SK Raina, AT Rayudu, RA Jadeja, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, R Vinay Kumar, JD Unadkat