Zim lose ODI series

HARARE - Zimbabwe has lost the One Day International (ODI) series to India after the tourists took an unassailable 2-0 lead following yesterday’s 62-run win here.

India reached a total of 271 for the loss of eight wickets after they had been asked to bat first by Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura.

The tourists’ openers in captain Ajinkya Rahane (63) and Murali Vijay (72) laid the foundation for competitive total after a first wicket partnership of 112 runs.

It was Vijay’s highest score and first ODI half century in 15 matches which duly earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Ambati Rayudu, who was the Zimbabwean bowlers’ destroyer in the first ODI, fell nine runs short of 50.

Seamer Neville Madziva — picked to replace the injured Tinashe Panyangara — was the pick of the hosts’ bowlers with career-best figures of four for 49 runs from 10 overs.

Zimbabwe’s chase lost momentum earlier on as wickets fell in a cluster and it was only a matter of time before India wrapped up the match in the penultimate over bowling out the hosts 209 all out.

Opener Chamu Chibhabha offered the only resistance as he added another half century to his stats when he top scored for Zimbabwe with 72 runs from 100 deliveries.

Chibhabha looked good for his first ODI ton before he was run out by Rahane after a miscommunication with Sikandar Raza Butt, who was also out three deliveries later for 18 runs.

Tail-ender Graeme Cremer added 27 runs while Sean Williams managed 20 runs.

Chigumbura only managed nine runs before he fell to a stunning diving catch at slip by Rahane.

The Zimbabwe captain was disappointed with the defeat and the series loss.

“Losing three wickets in the first 11 overs made us lose today; it’s something we need to work on in the next game,” Chigumbura said after the match.

“It was a much better wicket today and a chaseable score. We thought they would score 300 but we managed to pull it back, unfortunately we didn’t back it with the bat.”

India captain Rahane said: “We were looking for 280-290 but we batted pretty well. The partnership between me and Vijay was crucial and later with Rayudu.

“The wicket was slow early but got even slower in the second innings and we have a good and experienced attack with quality spinners.

“It wasn’t easy for batting but we bowled well. Our bowlers were up to the mark, they bowled in right areas and fielding was right up there.”

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