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2nd ODI: Indian bowlers run riot, restrict Zimbabwe to 126 runs

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

MS Dhoni-led young Indian brigade continued to trouble the lowly-ranked Zimbabwe side, reducing the hosts to a paltry total of 126 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Harare Sports Club on 13 June.

The Indian skipper decided to head into the second ODI with the same squad that won the series opener, while Graeme Cremer's team made one change with Craig Ervine making way for Sean Williams - who eventually didn't bat after picking up a finger injury early in the game.

Opting to field first, the Indian team produced a dominating bowling performance with the pace trio of Barinder Sran (2), Dhawal Kulkarni (2) and Jasprit Bumrah (1) sharing five wickets among them.

The Indian spinners, too, made an impression with Yuzvendra Chahal bagging three wickets for a mere 25 runs alongside one scalp claimed by his compatriot Axar Patel.

Zimbabwe's batting unit didn't look up to the task against the challenge posed by the Indian bowlers. Struggling at 106/3, the hosts slumped further and lost seven wickets for a mere 20 runs.

Middle-order batsman Vusi Sibanda, who scored 69-ball 53, was the only silver lining for Zimbabwe. The right-hander tried to stitch crucial partnerships but failed to find support from his teammates.

Team India is currently leading the series 1-0 following their comprehensive nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI on 11 June.

The first game saw a spectacular display from India's bowling department, with Jasprit Bumrah returning to his best ODI figures of 4 for 28.

Kulkarni and Sran bagged two wickets each while spinners Patel and debutant Chahal also produced an impressive tidy performance and chipped in with a wicket each.

Opening batsman KL Rahul, who became the only Indian to score a century on ODI debut in the opening match, will look to showcase the similar kind of performance as he had displayed in the previous game.

Meanwhile, it's a do-or-die situation for Zimbabwe, who desperately need to win today in order to stay alive in the three-match series.

Earlier, India have registered back-to-back series whitewashes against Zimbabwe , first a 5-0 win in 2013 before completing a 3-0 victory in 2015.

First published: 13 June 2016, 3:24 IST