The first ODI match of the three-match ODI series between KL Rahul-led India National Cricket Team and Regis Chakabva-led Zimbabwe National Cricket Team was played at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday, August 18.
KL Rahul-led Men In Blue dominated the hosts and won the match comfortably by 10 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Also, this was Rahul’s first international win as a skipper.
Earlier, India National Cricket Team won the toss and opted to bowl first in the match. The new-ball bowlers of the Indian team performed incredibly well and reduced Zimbabwe to 31/4.
Medium-pacer Deepak Chahar, who made a comeback to international cricket after a 6-month-long injury layoff, dismantled the top-order batting unit of Zimbabwe by taking the wickets of Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani and Innocent Kaia.
Pacer Prasidh Krishna, who was a bit expensive than other bowlers, picked up huge wickets of Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza and Richard Ngarava. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel also bagged a 3-wicket haul by dismissing Luke Jongwe, Regis Chakabva and Victor Nyauchi.
The best partnership for Zimbabwe came between Brad Evans and Richard Ngarava for the 9th wicket as they were able to add 70 runs in 65 balls to help Zimbabwe post 189 runs on the board. The 70-run partnership between Brad Evans and Richard Ngarava is Zimbabwe’s highest 9th wicket partnership against India in ODIs. Overall, this is Zimbabwe’s 4th highest 9th wicket partnership in the history of ODIs.
Chasing the target, the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill provided India with a great start. They completed 50 runs partnership in 68 balls and 100 runs partnership in 115 balls.
Veteran opener Dhawan continued his batting brilliance in ODIs and scored his half-century off 76 balls and Gill smashed his half-century off 51 balls.
Both the openers kept batting brilliantly and they completed the run-chase in 30.5 overs to help Team India register their 13th consecutive win over Zimbabwe. Also, the 192-run stand between Dhawan (81) and Gill (82) is India’s second highest opening stand in a 10-wicket win in ODIs.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI:
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) August 18, 2022
Thumping 10 wicket win for India. Dhawan and Gill barely troubled as Zim bowling had no bite or edge resulting in lack of opportunity for more Indian batsmen to also show their form.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 18, 2022
— Kamlesh Kumar ⁴⁵ (@BeingKG45) August 18, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 18, 2022
Top class superlative batting by Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan 81n.o. & Shubhman Gill 82 n.o. with unbeaten opening stand of 192 runs in just 30.5 overs saw Indian batsmen toy with Zimbabwean bowlers & win 1st ODI at Harare by 10 wickets & India are 1-0 up in the 3 match series. pic.twitter.com/vF8VrzGkoE
— Naresh Kumar (@NareshK00714549) August 18, 2022
A collective bowling effort from #TeamIndia has 🇿🇼 all out for 189 👊
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) August 18, 2022
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2022
Some of Shikhar Dhawan's slow innings in recent times, when batter(s) at other other end were in full flow or playing with good Strike Rate. pic.twitter.com/8B3eCoH4cK
— Samarth (@Samarth1845) August 18, 2022
🇮🇳🏏 VICTORY IS OURS! We start the series with a delightful win, thanks to Gill & Dhawan's unbeaten opening stand.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 18, 2022
Congratulations KL Rahul for the first international win as a captain ☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/eSNGgOwvn8
— Avni (@Avni_KLR) August 18, 2022
That's that from the 1st ODI.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2022
— Juman Sarma (@cool_rahulfan) August 18, 2022
— Cric8fanatic🏏 (@cric8fanatic) August 18, 2022
— Guddu (@Guddu71252662) August 18, 2022
— Karthik Reddy (@karthik4443) August 18, 2022
— *** (@rahulkl0111) August 18, 2022
Looking forward to seeing Zimbabwe learning from their mistakes in this match and improve their performance in their next two games. Good result for India though! 🙃
— Vivek._.M (@Viv666viV) August 18, 2022
𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐔𝐋𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐄𝐊𝐘 @klrahul 𝐎𝐍 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 𝐖𝐈𝐍 𝐀𝐒 𝐈𝐂𝐓 𝐂𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐀𝐈𝐍❣️ 𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐍𝐓. 𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐋
— ཞɖ🎩 (@thantophobic_rd) August 18, 2022
Exact opposite I want to happen in India…. instead of cricket ..I want football and other sports opportunities provided
— Jackson Fernandez (@Jackson02174602) August 18, 2022
KL Rahul's selection was 78% in #Dream11 and literally 0 contribution in the whole match 🤣
— The Cricket Statistician (@CricketSatire) August 18, 2022
Zimbabwe suffers a crushing 10-wicket-defeat at the hands of india. Shikhar Dhawan played a captain's innings with 81 not out while Shubman Gill complemented him on the other end with an unbeaten 82. India leads 1-0 in the ODI series. @ZimCricketv @CricketZimbo pic.twitter.com/DCkksYP8oA
— The News Report (@TheNewsReport_) August 18, 2022
13th Consecutive win for India in the ODIs against Zimbabwe.
— The Third Man Cricket Show (@ThirdCricket) August 18, 2022
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