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Kohli leads India to facile win

By The Assam Tribune

HARARE, July 24 (PTI): Virat Kohli cracked a scintillating century as India thrashed minnows Zimbabwe by six wickets in the first cricket one-dayer to take a 1-0 lead in the five match series here today.

Chasing a modest victory target of 228, India rode on captain Kohli�s 115 as they overhauled the target with 31 balls to spare in what turned out to be a lop-sided contest at the Harare Sports Club.

Kohli, who hit a spectacular century against West Indies while leading the side in the recently concluded Tri-Series, again led by example to notch up his 15th ODI hundred as he guided the team home after the early dismissals of the two openers.

Ambati Rayudu�s much awaited international debut also turned out to be an impressive one as he struck a responsible unbeaten 63 off 83 balls and more importantly added 159 runs for the third wicket with his skipper.

This was after openers Shikhar Dhawan (17) and Rohit Sharma (20) were dismissed early.

On a seaming track, Kohli showed his class and temperament as he brought about his 100 off only 102 balls with 11 hits to the fence. When he got a little bit of width outside the off-stump, he was quick to play the cover-drive while he rocked back to square cut offie spinner Prosper Utseya through the point region.

Rayudu proved to be the ideal foil as he didn�t play any risky shots and was content in rotating the singles and giving bulk of the strike to his skipper.

The maturity was also evident after he completed his century scampering home for a single with a push towards cover region. There was no exalted celebration after reaching the milestone just a quite acknowledgement of the applause.

He celebrated his landmark with a big six but was soon holed out in the deep off Utseya�s bowling but India by then were within sniffing distance of the target. His 115 came off 108 balls with 13 fours and a six.

Earlier, Zimbabwe scored 227 for seven riding on Pakistan-born opener Sikandar Raza�s gutsy 82 and a 43-run cameo from Elton Chigumbura. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra made a successful return to limited overs cricket with figures of three for 43.

The next match will be played at the same venue on July 26.

Sharma and Dhawan were watchful during their stand of 26 as the ball was seaming around a bit. The flashy Dhawan however got three boundaries in a space of eight deliveries off Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara. The first was an uppish cover drive, the second a square drive and the third a ferocious pull-shot.

The Delhi batsman�s fascination for horizontal bat shots proved to be his undoing as he went for another pull-shot when Jarvis dug one short. He was holed out at deep fine leg boundary.

Rohit, on the other hand found it difficult to get going as he scratched his way to 20 off 40 deliveries before he nicked one from Elton Chigumbura to skipper Taylor behind the stumps.

SCORECARD

Zimbabwe: V Sibanda lbw Mishra 34, S Raza b Mishra 82, S Williams b Raina 15, H Masakadza b Mishra 11, B Taylor c Raina b Unadkat 12, M Waller b Shami 2, E Chigumbura not out 43, T Mutombodzi c Dhawan b Kumar 8, P Utseya not out 8. Extras: (b-2, lb-7, w-4) 13. Total: (For 7 wickets; 50 overs) 228. Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-105, 3-119, 4-162, 5-166, 6-176, 7-205. Bowling: Kumar 9-1-57-1, Shami 10-1-45-1, Unadkat 10-1-39-1, Jadeja 10-3-33-0, Mishra 10-1-43-3, Raina 1-0-2-1.

India: RG Sharma c Taylor b Chigumbura 20, S Dhawan c Waller b Jarvis 17, V Kohli c Sibanda b Utseya 115, AT Rayudu not out 63, SK Raina c Sikandar Raza b Utseya 0, KD Karthik not out 8. Extras: (LB-1, W-5, NB-1) 7. Total: (For 4 wickets in 44.5 overs) 230. Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-57, 3-216, 4-216. Bowling: KM Jarvis 8-0-40-1, TL Chatara 9-0-30-0, E Chigumbura 5-0-30-1, P Utseya 10-0-34-2, TC Mutombodzi 7.5-0-65-0, SC Williams 3-0-18-0, H Masakadza 2-0-12-0.

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Kohli leads India to facile win

HARARE, July 24 (PTI): Virat Kohli cracked a scintillating century as India thrashed minnows Zimbabwe by six wickets in the first cricket one-dayer to take a 1-0 lead in the five match series here today.

Chasing a modest victory target of 228, India rode on captain Kohli�s 115 as they overhauled the target with 31 balls to spare in what turned out to be a lop-sided contest at the Harare Sports Club.

Kohli, who hit a spectacular century against West Indies while leading the side in the recently concluded Tri-Series, again led by example to notch up his 15th ODI hundred as he guided the team home after the early dismissals of the two openers.

Ambati Rayudu�s much awaited international debut also turned out to be an impressive one as he struck a responsible unbeaten 63 off 83 balls and more importantly added 159 runs for the third wicket with his skipper.

This was after openers Shikhar Dhawan (17) and Rohit Sharma (20) were dismissed early.

On a seaming track, Kohli showed his class and temperament as he brought about his 100 off only 102 balls with 11 hits to the fence. When he got a little bit of width outside the off-stump, he was quick to play the cover-drive while he rocked back to square cut offie spinner Prosper Utseya through the point region.

Rayudu proved to be the ideal foil as he didn�t play any risky shots and was content in rotating the singles and giving bulk of the strike to his skipper.

The maturity was also evident after he completed his century scampering home for a single with a push towards cover region. There was no exalted celebration after reaching the milestone just a quite acknowledgement of the applause.

He celebrated his landmark with a big six but was soon holed out in the deep off Utseya�s bowling but India by then were within sniffing distance of the target. His 115 came off 108 balls with 13 fours and a six.

Earlier, Zimbabwe scored 227 for seven riding on Pakistan-born opener Sikandar Raza�s gutsy 82 and a 43-run cameo from Elton Chigumbura. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra made a successful return to limited overs cricket with figures of three for 43.

The next match will be played at the same venue on July 26.

Sharma and Dhawan were watchful during their stand of 26 as the ball was seaming around a bit. The flashy Dhawan however got three boundaries in a space of eight deliveries off Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara. The first was an uppish cover drive, the second a square drive and the third a ferocious pull-shot.

The Delhi batsman�s fascination for horizontal bat shots proved to be his undoing as he went for another pull-shot when Jarvis dug one short. He was holed out at deep fine leg boundary.

Rohit, on the other hand found it difficult to get going as he scratched his way to 20 off 40 deliveries before he nicked one from Elton Chigumbura to skipper Taylor behind the stumps.

SCORECARD

Zimbabwe: V Sibanda lbw Mishra 34, S Raza b Mishra 82, S Williams b Raina 15, H Masakadza b Mishra 11, B Taylor c Raina b Unadkat 12, M Waller b Shami 2, E Chigumbura not out 43, T Mutombodzi c Dhawan b Kumar 8, P Utseya not out 8. Extras: (b-2, lb-7, w-4) 13. Total: (For 7 wickets; 50 overs) 228. Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-105, 3-119, 4-162, 5-166, 6-176, 7-205. Bowling: Kumar 9-1-57-1, Shami 10-1-45-1, Unadkat 10-1-39-1, Jadeja 10-3-33-0, Mishra 10-1-43-3, Raina 1-0-2-1.

India: RG Sharma c Taylor b Chigumbura 20, S Dhawan c Waller b Jarvis 17, V Kohli c Sibanda b Utseya 115, AT Rayudu not out 63, SK Raina c Sikandar Raza b Utseya 0, KD Karthik not out 8. Extras: (LB-1, W-5, NB-1) 7. Total: (For 4 wickets in 44.5 overs) 230. Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-57, 3-216, 4-216. Bowling: KM Jarvis 8-0-40-1, TL Chatara 9-0-30-0, E Chigumbura 5-0-30-1, P Utseya 10-0-34-2, TC Mutombodzi 7.5-0-65-0, SC Williams 3-0-18-0, H Masakadza 2-0-12-0.

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