The 4th match in this Tri-Series and the first in Harare sees India take on Zimbabwe on the 3rd of June. Zimbabwe will be looking to bounce back from a poor performance where they lost badly to Sri Lanka in Bulawayo a few days ago, whilst India will be looking for revenge after their defeat to Zimbabwe in the opening game of the tournament.
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Date and Time of the game
The match kicks off on the 3rd June at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT), or 8:00 British Summer Time. In Sri Lanka and India, the match starts at 12:30.
Hours of play (local time): 09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30, Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Zimbabwe need to bounce back from defeat against Sri Lanka and prove that their win against India was not a fluke. To do this, they will have to perform better in all departments. Playing in Harare, which should offer better weather than what was experienced in Bulawayo, giving Zimbabwe a more even playing field. Our spinners will like it, so will our batsmen who struggled when it was overcast in Bulawayo, but made merry when it was sunny. It is not quite the do-or-leave situation, but neither team will want to leave it until they face Sri Lanka, on paper the strongest team in the tournament.
Look out for Hamilton Masakadza, who in both of Zimbabwe’s games so far has got off to a quick start. In the first he failed to convert it into a big score, and in the second game, he found himself out of partners. In his home-town, he will want to continue the starts and ideally finish the job himself. Zimbabwe should have a slightly stronger line up today as Tatenda Taibu comes in for Chris Mpofu
Possible Zimbabwe team: 1 Hamilton Masakadza, 2 Brendan Taylor (wk) 3 Charles Coventry, 4 Greg Lamb, 5 Craig Ervine, 6 Elton Chigumbura (capt), 7 Andy Blignaut, 8 Graeme Cremer, 9 Prosper Utseya, 10 Chris Mpofu, 11 Ray Price.
India have gone from the low of losing pretty badly to Zimbabwe to the high of winning against Sri Lanka two days later. A player to watch is Rohit Sharma, who has taken his ODI average from 25.6 to 31.9, has nearly doubled his List A centuries count, and if he gets a century in this game, will equal the world record for centuries in consecutive innings.
Possible Indian Team: 1 M Vijay, 2 Dinesh Karthik/Naman Ojha (wk), 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina (capt), 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Ashok Dinda, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav
3:50pm Match over Zimbabwe Win by 7 wickets with over 11 overs to go, so Zim claim the bonus point and are into the final \o/
3:33pm Zimbabwe 173/3 (34.1 ov) Zimbabwe require another 22 runs with 7 wickets and 15.5 overs remaining
3:20pm Wicket: Zimbabwe 161/2 (31.4 ov): Jadeja to Masakadza, OUT, Virat Kohli, pulled to right of midwicket where Virat dives full stretch to take a good catch.
2:57pm Wicket: Zim loose their first wicket, Taylor chips one into the air to long off and an easy catch is taken. BRM Taylor c Vijay b Ojha 74 (90b 6×4 1×6) SR: 82.22. Zimbabwe now 128/1 (26.3 ov). Charles Coventry in early at number 3 (usually bats at number 5) Zim obviously looking for the bonus point that will guarantee them a place in the final. (You get a bonus point if you win in 40 overs)
2:54pm Zimbabwe 128/0 (25.6 ov) and require another 69 runs with 10 wickets and 24.0 overs remaining (Required RR 2.9) Brendan Taylor 72, Hamilton Masakadza 47 Current partnership 126 runs, 26.2 overs, RR: 4.78 (Masakadza 47, Taylor 72)
2:32pm Zimbabwe get to 100 without loosing a wicket: Zimbabwe 101/0 and need 93 to win from 30.3 overs
2:19pm Brendan Taylor goes to 50 not out in his 100th cricket match for Zimbabwe.
2:13pm Current Match Status:
2:00pm Zimbabwe looking good after 10.1 overs: 57/0 require another 138 runs with 10 wickets and 39.5 overs remaining. Brendan Taylor 35, Hamilton Masakadza 20
1:38pm Latest score: Zimbabwe 26/0 (6.3 ov) and require another 175 runs with 10 wickets and 44.0 overs remaining, Required Run Rate of 3.91 Brendan Taylor 18, Hamilton Masakadza 7 Current partnership 26 runs, 6.3 overs, RR: 4.00 (Masakadza 7, Taylor 18)
1:28pm (Zim Time) Zimbabwe make slow start to run chase: Zimbabwe 5/0 (2.6 ov) and require another 190 runs with 10 wickets and 47.0 overs remaining at 4.04 runs per over
12:32pm (Zim Time) End of India’s Innings: India 194/9 (50.0 ov) India RR 3.88. Zimbabwe have some excellent bowling figures, with some excellent economy rates, especially for Andy Blignaut with only 22 runs scored off his full 10 overs:
12:03pm (Zim Time) Wicket: India now 176/8 (44.5 overs) AB Dinda c Taylor b Lamb 16 (17b 1×4 0x6) SR: 94.11. India Run rate: 3.92
11:57am India 158/7 – great to see Harare Sports Club bathed in sunlight and looking so good:
11:31am Phew, I can’t keep up – Zimbabwe get another wicket: India now 128/7 after 37.3 overs: A Mishra caught Charles Coventry bowled Graeme Cremer for 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
11:28am Wicket: No sooner as I post an image of the bowling figures and Zim get another wicket. Ray Price gets one now! India are 127/6 after 36 overs. YK Pathan lbw b Price 15 (25b 0x4 1×6) SR: 60.00
11:27am Zimbabwe bowling figures after 36 overs:
10:51am Another run out! – India now 5 down! 95/5 This time it is Elton Chigumbura with some great fielding – go Zimbabwe! Details RG Sharma run out 13 (25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.00
Fall of wicket: 95/5 (27.5 ov); Partnership: 3 runs, 1.1 overs, RR: 2.57 (Sharma 2, Jadeja 1)
10:45am There is a direct hit at the stumps – batsman short of the crease India now 4 down! 92/4 Fantastic fielding from Andy Blignaut, he is having a great game after an absence from cricket of 4 years!
10:37am (Zim Time) Wicket: India now 86/3 (25 overs) V Kohli caught Taibu bowled Utseya for 18 (29b 1×4 0x6) SR: 62.06 Partnership: 23 runs, 6.2 overs, RR: 3.63 (Sharma 8, Kohli 15)
10:06am (Zim Time) Another wicket! India now 63/2 (18.4 ov) – M Vijay stumped by †Taibu bowled Lamb for 21 (56b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50
10:06am (Zim Time) Zim claim their first wicket and it’s Dinesh Karthik caught by Tatenda Taibu off the bowling of Greg Lamb for 33 (47b 4×4 0x6) SR: 70.21- India are 58/1 after 16.1 Overs run rate 3.58
9:36am (Zim Time) Slow going at the moment for the Indians, with Andy Blignaut bowling well : End of over 7 (1 run) India 18/0 (RR: 2.57) M Vijay 4* (20b) KD Karthik 9* (22b 1×4) RW Price 3-0-11-0 AM Blignaut 4-0-7-0
9:22am (Zim Time) India 11/0 (4.3 ov) Dinesh Karthik(rhb) 6 Murali Vijay 1
9:00am (Zim Time) Zimbabwe have won the toss and elected to field. Knowing what total to chase seems to work well for Zimbabwe. There is one change to the team, Zim have replaced the only specialist medium-pacer, Chris Mpofu with wicketkeeper-batsman, Tatenda Taibu. India are with the same team that thrashed Sri Lanka, giving the M Vijay-Dinesh Karthik opening combination another go.
Pitch report from CricInfo: Neil Manthorp reckons there would be a bit in it for the seamers for the first thirty minutes. However, he reckons this is the least amount of grass cover on this pitch that he has seen in some time. Some bald patches. Spinners should come on later in the game. Zimbabwe have four spinners.
7:32am (Zim Time) Good morning everyone, hope you had a good nights sleep and that you are ready for some cricket. The weather in Harare: A chilly 8°C start to the day and the forecast is good with a high of 21°C. It looks like it is going to be a typical winters day in Zim – sunny & no chance of rain!
Zimbabwe Cricket Books
Amazon, have a bunch of Zim related cricket books, including "Blood, Sweat And Treason" by Henry Olonga, “A History of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe National Sides” by Jonty Winch who traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890, through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.
There is also the Autobiography of another great Zimbabwean cricket coach Duncan Fletcher “Behind the Shades”
At the moment Amazon UK don’t have as wide selection as the US site, but I have ordered books from the US and had them delivered to the UK with no problems.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk