Another disappointing batting performance by Zimbabwe handed India their second consecutive win in the three-match Killer Cup ODI Series, powered by Karbonn Smartphones, on Tuesday at Harare Sports Club.
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The eight-wicket win gave Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
India won the toss and once again elected to bowl on a pitch that held no demons.
A clinical India clinched the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, pulling off another fine all-round show to crush the minnows by eight wickets for an unassailable 2-0 lead, in Harare on Monday.As in the first ODI on Saturday, Zimbabwe got off to yet another dismal start when Hamilton Masakadza was caught down at third man by Jasprit Bumrah for nine with the total on 19.
Peter Joseph Moor became Barinder Stran’s second victim when he was adjudged leg before wicket for one, though replays clearly show that he was unfortunate to have been given out.
Zimbabwe slipped further into the quagmire when Dhawal Kulkarni trapped Chamunorwa Chibhabha in front of his stumps for a promising 21 to leave Zimbabwe in tatters at 39-3.
Vusimuzi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza Butt steadied the ship with a much-needed stand of 67 for the fourth wicket, before the latter needlessly held out to Kedar Jadhav who took the simplest of catches to dismiss Raza for 16 off 41 balls.
Raza’s dismissal triggered a cataclysmic collapse thanks to leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who claimed his second wicket when he trapped Elton Chigumbura plumb in front for a first-ball duck.
The combination of Chahal and Jadhav struck again when set batsman Vusi Sibanda played a shot similar to Raza and departed for a fluent 53 off 69 balls which included six fours and a six.
The handful of spectators then watched on helplessly as Zimbabwe crashed from 106-3 to 126 all out, losing seven wickets for 20 runs, with Sean Williams, who replaced the injured Craig Ervine, unable to bat due to a finger injury he sustained shortly after the toss.
Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/25 in just six overs, while Kulkarni and Sran chipped in with figures of 2/31 and 2/17 respectively as Zimbabwe were dismissed in just 34.3 overs.
A target of 127 was never going to test the Indian batsmen, and openers Kannaur Lokesh Rahul and Karun Nair set about the target with the littlest of fuss, thanks to a solid opening stand of 58, before a lapse in concentration saw Rahul chop Chibhabha onto his stumps for 33.
Nair and Ambati Rayudu then added 67 for the second wicket before Nair departed for 39.
The two teams meet again for the third ODI which will be a dead rubber on Wednesday at the same venue.