Friday, May 28, 2010

Ball by ball commentary. Zimbabwe vs India, Micromax Cup, Bulawayo. Second innings

Zimbabwe vs India
Game 1 of Micromax Cup 2010, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

2nd Innings : Zimbabwe to bat, India to field

Openers - Masakadza, Taylor

PowerPlay-1 (mandatory) - overs 1-10

Over 1 by Dinda
.1 fast yorker, slight swing, defended up straight
.2 full in length, driven to mid on
.3 bowled wide of the crease, a bit of a movement off the seam, Masa looked to get off strike, but no opportunity there.
.4 Short, a bit wide, seaming away, Masa doesn't capitalise, hits to point, rather softly
Dinda with the familiar bandana on this forehead
.5 Masa dabs this behind point finally, for one
.6 FOUR!!! four onto the leg side, bowled at pads, taylor had it easy this time, off the mark with a four to mid wicket

5/0 after 1

Over 2 by Vinay
.1 on the off stump, no runs, played uncomfortably to short mid off
.2 driven to mid wicket and masa has a quick single
.3 beaten outside off!!! oooooh
.4 Taylor left this one alone, not much pace in this ball
.5 Taylor taps and tries to run, but masa wasn't interested, Vinay was at it in a flash.
.6 cut away hard behind point by Taylor for two

8/0 after 2

Over 3 by Dinda
.1 fast ball zipped into Masa, and he was cramped for room, somehow gets a touch to square leg and takes a single
.2 Beaten outside off, the ball was way outside off and Taylor chased it, luck for him no edge on it
.3 Right on target, good length on top of off stump. No run.
.4 This time, taylor goes back and pushes to off side
.5 Good bouncer, not called a wide...
.6 FOUR!!! Short arm jab does it this time! A short of length ball was pulled over mid wicket for four.

14/0 after 3

Over 4 by Vinay
.1 no run, looking for the gap, unable to find
.2 no run, driven to point
.3 Pushes off back foot to just wide of mid off and sneaks a single. good running
.4 Punched between cover and mid off, they take two! Good placement on that.
Silly mid off in place
.5 Masa tries to punch this off the back foot, didn't get hold of it
.6 FOUR!!! Short and wide, moving away and spanked, deservingly so to cover fence for four!

21/0 after 4

Over 5 by Dinda
.1 Taylor!!! Oooh... No feet movement and just hangs a bat there, Dinda squared him up, beats bat by an inch
.2 On the pads, and taylor capitalises on that, simple touch to square leg for three runs
.3 No run, straight to the fielder on the off
.4 No run again. Masa is finding fielder better than gaps now.
.5 Slow ball... this took ages to reach Masa, and he tries to drive, missed it.
.6 Drives this one inside out, but well fielded inside the circle to deny the run

25-0 after 5

Over 6 by Yadav.. RMF
.1 Good start, bit of a seam, Taylor just reads this ball... Doesn't play a shot
.2 Plays this one pitched outside off to 3rd man
.3 Bouncer! Masa managed to get bat on it, and the ballooning ball evaded DK by 3 meters, slice of luck
.4 FOUR!!! No pace on this one and it was short and Taylor puts this one to mid wicket fence
.5 Yorker, but get a single
.6 Full on off, pushed back to bowler

31-0 after 6

Over 7 by Dinda
.1 Standing tall and delivering, Taylor, driven past cover and mid off. 3 taken
A young kid enjoys a candy watching the sweet drive by Taylor
.2 Another back foot punch, but only to mid off
.3 lofts this one high in the air! This too evades the fielder. Masa is having a nice day with the bat today, lucky too. 2

.4 short mid off, yusuf, does a good job fielding this bullet back foot drive
.5 Walks across the stumps ans plays it to square leg for one.
3rd man and deep backward square leg are the boundary riders now
.6 Driven straight to mid on. no run

37-0 after 7
Unlike usual Indian Cricket live telecasts, this match, on TV has not more than 1 ad a break!

Over 8 by Yadav
.1 Pulled the short ball to mid-wicket for a single, just wide of the fielder
.2 Masa tries the same, but finds rhe fielder
.3 Masa plays the yorker well, and dabs it to mid on, who misfields, easy two for Masa
.4 SIX!!! And this is a beauty! Just short of length on the leg side and he pulls is well and the ball lands a yard behind

the ropes! Good shot!
Not a good start for the debutant, Yadav
.5 Short on the off stump, no run!
.6 Pace and Bounce and Seam.. Tony Greig reads the speed gun as 87 mph! That beat Masa once again!

45-0 after 8

Over 9 by Dinda
.1 Ball on the legs, deflected to mfine leg, by Taylor, who wasn't interested in any run, but Masa was 3/4th the pitch away

from his crease, and he had to make it back... and dinda couldn't hit it back in time.
.2 Hit to mid off for a single
.3 FOUR!!! Again, Tony is stealing my words... Stand and deliver. up and over mid off for four!
.4 Slow ball, and Masa didn't mind waiting. touch and run...
.5 Taylor couldn't beat the mid off on the drive
Both batsmen are finding the middle of the bat more frequently now.
.6 Slow short ball, played/pulled in front of square leg for a single

51-0 after 9

Over 10 by Vinay
.1 Slow, off cutter... forward in defense is Taylor
.2 SIX!!! Slightly short and Taylor pulls this one over square leg for a SIX! The fielder out there can only watch
.3 Short of length on the Off stump, patted back to the bowler.
.4 Slow outside off, taps, thinks of a run, but decides against it.
.5 SIX!!! Taylor takes one step towards the ball and swipes it from outside off to over long on fence! This is classic!
.6 FOUR!!! Icing on the cake, with that square cut beyond point

67-0 after 10
So much for the lethargic Indian side. Spinners gotta push things back into hands if India wants to win this.
And Amit Mishra it is, to start the Bowling Powerplay (PP2 - 11-15th overs)

Over 11-Mishra
.1 Slow ball on the legs and Masa has no problem disposing it to deep mid wicket. ball doesn't reacj the fence. 3 taken
.2 Forward in defence. Some turn
.3 Again, on the middle stump, with a tinge of turn. no run
.4 Well flighted, driven past Mishra to long off for one
.5 Masa drives it well to long off
.6 Good flight, driven to the bowler. no run

72-0 after 11
First over in quite some time without a boundary in it! This is 2010, and its ZIM playing IND...

Over 12 by Ravi
Will he continue his good touch?
.1 Around the wicket. Masa taps to mid on. no run
.2 FOUR!!! Charges and slaps it past Ravi for four, Ravi got a touch, didn't matter, it had the power it needed
.3 Single down to long on off the back foot!
.4 flat ball on the legs, Taylor puts it behind square of a single
.5 DK doesn't get hold of a ball and they run two.
.6 A bit of turn, on the middle, driven to long on

82-0 after 12

Over 13 by Mishra
.1 MAsa attempts a reverse sweep, misses, umpire turns down appea for lbw
.2 Now a touch and run. Good running. these tow are pretty quick between the wickets.
.3 Slow, flighted delivery, cut straight to point. no run
.4 Flighted one onto the leg stump. No run, pushed to the bowler
.5 FOUR!!! A lucky cut takes it to the 3rd man boundary, for four.
.6 OUT!!! GOOGLY it seemed, Tony says top spinner... it held its line, and Masa probably didn't read it, the ball crashes

onto the stumps. First wicket down
Masakadza b Mishra - 46
A good innings comes to an end..
88-1 after 13

Over 14 by Ravi
.1 Defended to point
.2 Defended back to the bowler
.3 taylor gets this one past the mid wicket fielder for a single.
.4 new comes, Lamb, defends his first ball.
.5 Off the mark with a dab to square leg, fielder from short fine leg mops it up. not off the mark, its a leg bye
.6 taylor takes a single to square leg

91-1 after 14

Over 15 by Mishra
.1 bowled on the pads, they take a leg bye.
.2 No runs. defended back
.3 Well flighted ball, no run, defended back to the bowler again.
.4 Again hits the pad, and trickes between fine leg and aquare leg, a sinle off the leg bye
.5 Edge goes to gully/short 3rd man, no run. Mishra turning well
.6 Taylor finishes off the over with a single to long off

94-1 after 15

Over 16 by ravi
.1 Tapped to point, no run
.2 And again, ravi is maintaingin a sharp line just outside off
.3 This one on to the stumps and touch to the leg side for a single
.4 Lamb gets this just past mid wicket for a single
.5 Touch and got, wanter Taylor, but correctly sent back, the silly mid off was fast approaching
.6 Another over ends with Taylor getting a single to long off.

97/1 after 16

Over 17 by Mishra
.1 Single to point, playing along with the turn, not doing anything silly
.2 Bowled on the leg stump, Lamb flicks it, not so graciously, for a single.
.3 The good length ball on the middle taken away on the on side for a single
.4 Well flighted ball driven hard, straight to covers by Lamb
.5 Defended well. no run
.6 Scooped over the keeper for two... 'catch it' called mishra, but no...

102-1 after 17
Over 18 by Ravi
.1 Single to long on. fifty for Taylor. Applause from the crowd
.2 Defended, little turn
.3 Single to long off
.4 Defended back to the bowler
.5 Nudged to long on for a single
.6 Flicked to square leg for a single

107-1 after 18

Over 19
.1 Defended to the off side
.2 A bit more turn, again, not able to push it far
.3 Another dot ball, on the leg, and Mishra fields it.
.4 Now, sweeps it cheekily to fine leg for three, Lamb
.5 Taylor drives to mid on, no run
.6 Again, as is customary, Taylor gets a single on the last ball!

110 - 1 after 19.

This is a good start!

Over 20 by Yadav
.1 Defended a short ball on the off to the bowler
.2 Driven off the back foot to the mid on fielder
.3 This time, driven past the bowler for a single to long on.
.4 Short, but no bounce, and DK makes a mess of it, allows two byes behind him, it pitched right in front of him, tough luck!
.5 Well bowled. nips back in and Lamb 'chested' it, safely not onto the stumps
.6 Short on the lef side amd two they take, well placed between fine leg and square leg

115-1 after 20

Over 21 by Mishra
.1 Looping ball, driven easly to long on.
.2 Good length, turning away from off, driven to mid off for no run
.3 Driven back to the bowler
.4 Again, driven back to Mishra
.5 Patted behind the crease for one by Lamb
.6 Defended standing in the crease by Taylor and gives a bemused tired look on his face. He just had drinks, he is just bored

of spin

Over 22 by yadav
.1 Yorker, but they steal a single on the tap
.2 FOUR!!! Good square cut off the wide ball for four behind point. 3rd man had no chance
.3 Back foot defense! NO run
.4 the ball seams back into the batsman, Taylor, hits to point, no run.
I like Mbangwa's dreadlocks! :-P
.5 Good line, good pace, dot ball, three in a row, that compensates for the four, but no wicket thus far to his card.
.6 Driven t=down the ground for a single to long on

123-1 after 23
Nice score, isn't it? for those who seek beauty in numbers...

Over 23 by Yusuf
.1 Looped ball by the 6 foot plus guy, almost a wide, but the batsman preferred to hit it to cover
.2 hit behind square on the leg side for a single.
.3 tylor is forward in defence to this ball on the off stump
.4 taylor wanted a backfoot drive down he ground, got an edge behind the keeper for a deuce.
.5 good looking back foot punch down the ground for a single towards long on.
.6 Lamb does the same towards long off

129-1 after 24

Over 24 by yadav
.1 Line is fixed onto the off stump zone, ever since he was hot for that four. No run yet aagin.
.2 Same line again, but a little more bounce on it, and Lanb takes a single with a pull to mid wicket
.3 taylor drives off the backfoot, the ball was rising at him.
Andy Blignaut, I suppose, is getting some net practice
.4 Again, pushed back to the bowler.
.5 Cut hard to point, and gets a single, ball was little wide, giving him to freedom to cut.
.6 Pulled, a little late than what he wanted to, I suppose, it went to fine leg, just a single

132-1 after 24
Required rate nearing 6 an over, Sun's behind the cloud for the moment
Over 25 by Yusuf
.1 Single to long off
.2 Single off the nudge to fine leg
.3 Lamb.. Cuts to deep point, for a single
Runs coming quite easily, not the boundaries now.
.4 Single to the long on off the back foot
.5 Comes forward and pushes to mid on. NOOOOO shouts Lamb at Taylor wo wanted a 1
.6 Chops hard, to 3rd man, single results

137-1 at the half way stage, much ahead of India. But will Taylor play an a-la Rohit role?
Over 26 by Yadav
.1 Beaten outside the off is Lamb on that ball. Good consistent line now, but not penetrating enought
.2 Cuts hard on the given width, to third man for a single. 50 partnershipt
.3 Defends the ball on good length outside off
.4 Dabbed away to mid on. NO run again
.5 Again, short on the off, driven to mid on for none
.6 Finally gets one going and taps it towards suare leg for a single, Taylor yet again, with a single on the last ball

Good over that,
139-1 after 26

Over 27 by Vinay
.1 No run, defended onto the off sice
.2 Now, to the mid on region, for no run.
Too many dot balls at this stage. Wickets and batting powerplay still intact.
.3 Slower than usual, but cuts in. taylor, hits and the ball falls near the crease, wanted a single, and Lamb negates the

.4 Single handed drive to long off. Guess the ball is coming on to the bat slower than he thought.
.5 And a leading edge!! Lamb plays across the line, with bat's face open to the off...and the ball loops into a safe zone.
.6 Aother single to the off side to finish the over

142-1 after 27
RR above 6 an over now
Over 28 by Ravi
.1 Turns it to square leg, by default, Lamb shouts NOOOOOOO
.2 Now to mid wicket
Continuous advertising for micromax by commentators
.3 Dot, can't get it past the second pitch
.4 Another dot ball!
.5 Drives this to long on for a single
.6 Drives a full lenght ball, off the hook, to the bowler. Only one run off the tight over8
143-1 after 29
RR- 6.5

Over 29 by Vinay
.1 Single to the on side
.2 Short outside off, tennis backhand shot to deep square leg for two, by Lamb
.3 Flicked between long on and deep midwicket for another couple.
length is fuller than what it was last over. easier to score
.4 better length, but Lamb was so easy on it, to push it to square leg... ball was on leg stump to make things easier
.5 Pitched outside off, and nips back in, driven to long on
.6 Good line, good length.Lamb was happy to defend it

150-1 after 29
Over 30 by Ravi
.1 Dot ball
.2 Single to long off, on the drive.
.3 OUT!!! Pitched just outside the off and turning just a bit, probably missing the leg, but was given out, by Brian

Jerling. Unlucky one may call it.
Lumb - lbw Ravi - 27
.4 new man is southpaw Ervine, the debutant... No run
.5 Single towards cover,
.6 No run again

Over 31 by yusuf
.1 Deflected to the leg side behind the crease, for a single
.2 Single to long off for Taylor
.3 Ervine gets another single with a trickle to fine leg
.4 Another single, ice over this
.5 Wide. dn the leg side
.5 pulls to fine leg for a single
.6 Single to end the over

159-2 after 31
Over 32 by Ravi
.1 Single to long on by Taylor, he is well settled and can acclerate any time
.2 Touch to silly mid on, no run
.3 Cut behind slip, three runs off it. good placement!
.4 dot ball bacl to the bowler
.5 single past the bowler, to long off
.6 Ervine gets one past Ravi to the long on

165-2 after 32
121 off 108 is the equation

Over 33- by Rohit
.1 Wide. Wide down the leg side
.2 was wide, but Ervine preferred to push it harder to the fine leg fence, good work by Kohli out there, saves a run
.3 Taylor gets a single down the 3rd man region
.4 dot ball, back to the bowler
.5 dot ball, defended to mid off region
.6 played on to the leg side for a single

170 -2 after 33

Over 34 by Ravi
.1 single
.2 single
.3 two beyond point
.4 Single through cover
.5 dot ball, back to bowler.
.6 single to long on for Taylor

176-2 after 34

Over 35 by Vinay
.1 OUT!!! Taylor's innings is over! A not so short ball on the hips and he pulls it straight to fine leg, where yadav take s

a good cath falling down infront
Taylor - c Yadav, b Vinay - 81
Charles Coventry enters. He loves this ground!
.2 Dot ball, cut to point on the 'jump' off his toes
.3 Another dot ball
.4 Slow, take an edge to point. No run off the four balls this over
.5 Short ball, bags on his helmet and trickles down to 3rd man, for a run
.6 Good ball across the stumps on the up, defended back to the bowler.
Good Over that again

177-3 after 35
109 off 90 is the equation.

Over 36 by Mishra
.1 outside the off, spins away, quick single by Charles, bad throw, but overthrows avoided
.2 Ervine hits in the gap to cover.
.3 Coventry flicks the full pitched delivery on the middle stump to long on. was in the air but safe. single
.4 No run, played to mid on.
.5 Attempter sweep, missed everything
.6 Goes back in defence. Jabs to point. no run.

180/3 after 36.

106 needed off 84 balls

Over 37 by Vinay
.1 Dot ball.. Charles Coventry dabs to the off side, to mid off, no run
.2 Straight to the bowler, but he messed it up, they take a single off the misfield!
.3 Ervine guides this ball outside off to 3rd man for a single
.4 Coventry must be watching French open, that bouncer was dealt away with a top-spin-two-handed-forehand
.5 Nudges is down the leg side, but DK prevents any possiblity of runs
.6 Guides, yet again, to 3rd man!

184-3 after 37

102 off 13 overs!

Over 38 by Mishra
.1 Ervine to face. Ball strikes the pad, BIG appeal, Jerling says no.
.2 Googly/top spin, defended well, he read it maybe.
.3 Rocks back and cuts to short of length ball outside off to deep point.
.4 Shabby fielding by the bowler, lets go of the ball beyond him, for a single
the lbw was negated, bacause of the height, good one, Jerling
.5 Swept from beyond off stumo to fine leg for two.
.6 Flick to short fine leg in the last ball, no run taken

188-3 after 38
98 from 12 needed. RR over 8 an over.

Over 39 by Vinay
.1 Goes inside out, but deep cover in place. Single is all he gets, Coventry
.2 A little short outside off, Ervine tried to pull, doesn't connect, too high for Umpire to give and lbw, get a run
.3 Hit and run, to mid off, and Yusuf mis fields. Extra run
Both teams have been patchy today. A better TV production would've given you a package of misfields. not this one.
.4 Single to mid off, for Coventry, driven well
.5 Another Single...Ervinie edges it to 3rd man
.6 Hit to mid off and a big NOOOO

194-3 after 39
he must've lost some energy on that... Well, here's Drinks!
India has the upper hand now, ZIM have lost their way after that start. They still have the wickets and big hitters in the

game, and the powerplay

Over 40 by Mishra
.1 - Swept to square leg by Ervine, get two
.2 Dot ball, couldn't hit the ball, hits his pads.
.3 Oooohh... leading edge falls just short of Rohit at Silly mid off no run
.4 Pulls a short, but low ball to mid micket. Single
.5 Coventry goes back into his crease and punches to long on. Single
.6 Ervine cuts to deep point and they take two quick runs

200 up
200/3 after 40
8.6 an over needed

Over 41 by Yusuf
.1 SIX!!! Full outside the off, and Coventry shoots this over the Sight screen for a huuuuuuuuge hit! Clean!
.2 dot. hit back to the bowler
Sun is out again
.3 Scores a single to square leg/
.4 Ervine nudges it to mid wicket for a single, bowled from around the wicket, the angle helped
.5 Coventry places it to cover for another single
Another Clip of the candy floss
.6 Swept cheekily to fine leg for a single for Ervine

10 off the over
210/3 after 41

Over 42 by Mishra
.1 Dot ball Doesn't connect the leg break on the leg and middle.
.2 FOUR!!! Charges down the pitch and sends the ball over Mishra's head for four!
.3 Single to Mid wicket
Coventry's SIX was 99m long, a projection reads so.
71 off 51 needed
anyone in T20 mode?
.4 Leading edge, nothing to worry though
.5 Another dot ball, Cov fails to connect
.6 SIX!!! So much for connection, Coventry sends the Indian team for Cover, with the huge deposit over mid wicket fence
11 off the over
221/3 after 42
65 frmo 8 overs @ a little over 8 an over
India on the back foor suddenly. DK wants fielders to take their own time. My friend, Toshi believes an unpset is on cards,

though he is not willing to associate 'upset' with this line up

Over 43 by Vinay
.1 Single to long off
.2 SIX!!! Scoops over mid off... it just kept going and going and is GONE for a big six to the longest part of the ground!
.3 Slow ball, single taken towards mid wicket
they got that 8 runs an over with just half the over gone by
.4 Wide. wide don the leg side
.4 on the pads from around the wicket, straight to short mid wicket.
.5 Single to long off.
.6 OUT!!! Slow and steady wins the race.. The ball took eternity to reach Coventry, and when it did, the bat and pads

provided a huge gap for the ball to pass through and crash into the stumps.
Coventry - b Vinay Kumar - 32
A timely, quickly compiled innings by Coventry
In comes the hard hitting Chigumbura
55 in 42

231/4 in 43 overs

Over 44 by Ravi
.1 Single to long on
.2 Single
.3 Trickles to fine leg, no run
.4 Gets a single down to long on now.
Ravi is keeping it full and fast
.5 Another single to long off for Chigumbura
.6 Ervine hits it to cover, and takes two... well placed.
'Just' 6 off the over
237/4 after 44

Rohit and Raina and DK are the big fellas in this game and they converge to decide on whom to bowl the next over. Dinda is

their pick.
Over 45 by Dinda

.1 Single to mid off. Raina flies from cover to deny any further run.
.2 FOUR!!! Short and pulled to mid wicket boundary... the slower cutter was well picked and they get the much needed boundary
.3 Guides the full length ball outside off to the 3rd man
.4 Well bowled. Yorker! Nothing Elton could do about it. NO run.
.5 Slower and full outside off, hit to Raina at covers. no run yet again
.6 Full on the off, driven to long on.
7 from it
244/4 after 45 overs

This is a tight one to call. 42 needed off the last 5, and by default, since it wasn't done before, batting power play is

taken now. 3 outside the circle - long on, square leg and 3rd man

Over 46 by Yadav
.1 FOUR!!! Chigumbura read the field well and gets the full ball on the off to go past mid off to the boundary
.2 FOUR!!! Short ball, and Chigumbura gets a healthy top edge (err... given leg bye, shoulder maybe) and its goes right

behind the keeper for 4.
the game has changed now
.3 Yorker, Chigumbura gets a touch and they take a single.
.4 FOUR!!! Square leg, long off, long on. Short ball and the ball is pulled to mid wicket fence, Yusuf puts all he has to

stop the ball, but I guess, he was touching the line. A near-Run-a-ball fifty for Ervine! What an innings to play on Debut,

can he take them to the Victory?
.5 Into the blockhole, a single, nevertheless.
28 from 25 is all the ZM need now
.6 FOUR!!! Full toss and the ball is disposed to mid wicket fense by Elton Chigumbura!
18 off it. game over, I would declare!
262-4 after 46

run a ball 24 needed
My friend, Ragavan asks 'Will Zimbabwe win?' :-P

Over 47 by Dinda
long run up
"raina wants a time out, jokes the commentator"
.1 Dot ball!!!!!!!!! Hit to covers.
.2 Ervine... edges to 3rd man for a deuce. Covers for the dot ball
Talk about pressure on debut... Wondering about what the names like Sachin, Sehwag, Gautam, Nehra, Zaheer are thinking now
.3 Bowls another yorker, deflected to 3rd man for a single
.4 Chigumbura dances down the track, but Dinda is playing Samba tonight, full on the off, Chigs misses it.
Crowd all pumped up. Why not?
.5 FOUR!!! Takes it on the full and Drives it past the face of raina on cover and the mid off fielder to the long off fence.
Trivia: When was ZIM's last Victory over India? (surely, I don't know the answer)
.6 Raina 'acting' like a captain.. Words of wisdom to the bowler, so, just a single off it to long on.
16 needed off the last 3 overs.
270/4 after 47

Over 48 by Ravi
Surprise surprise!!! Its Ravi to pull off a bunny off his hat, if possible
.1 Driven to long on, for one, by Elton Chigumbura
.2 Leading edge flies over the infield over the mid on, single taken as long on fetches it.
.3 Chigumbura heaves at this one, and gets a single towards mid wicket
.4 FOUR!!! HOHOHOHOHO!!! Ervine you beauty! full toss, swept away, one bounce, four into square leg fence
Raina plugs the Square leg fence
.5 FOUR!!! And Ervine notices that and shoots this full toss to mid wicket!
.6 Single down to fine leg

282/4 after 48 overs.
4 needed from 2 overs.
Even if Ervine played right handed, ZIM can win this!

Over 49 by Dinda
.1 Full ball, and Ervine is gonna hit that beyond the mid wicket fielder and take three runs to level the scores!
.2 FOUR!!! This is it!!! Zimbabwe win!!! Short ball takes another lucky top edge and flies over DK and reaches the ropes.
Only two people on the pitch are moving (jerling is nudging around) - Captain Chigumbura, (who had a better day with the

willow than the leather) and the new kid on the block who turned pro over fifteen/twenty overs - Ervine. Celebrations all

over the ground. Like I said earlier during the day, the crowd has built up for the finish, and boy, are they lucky to watch

this upset?

Almost all ZIM batsmen got good scores, all played well, or hung around for a while
Jet lag, second string side...put aside all your excuses. This is an ICC recognized ODI and requires full respect. So,

Zimbabwe going to get some good points at India's expense. This ZIM side had nothing to lose and the Indian side had

something to prove.

Bottomline - ZIM win with 6 wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare

ZIM 289/4 off 48.2 overs

Taylor - 81
Ervine - 67 n.o. (in just 60 balls)
Vinay Kumar - 51/2

Historic day for ZIM, to beat the 'number one' team in ODI rankings! Their third victory over notable sides recently... West

Indies, twice, and now, India.

We go down for the presentation ceremony
Pommie is down there with the dignitaries
Pommie looks like a rapper! Dreadlocks

Raina "we batted well, got the runs, didn't bowl well. We came back well with Jadeja and Mishra. But they batted well in the

power plays"

Chigumbura "We were able to come back with our spinners. I didn't bowl well, so, only one seamer was in effect. Batsmen were

good, there were a couple of good partnerships that sealed the match."

Taylor gets a trophy, US $1500, and a Micromax gizmo " Was concentrating on my Keeping. Was happy to open and bat well, built

the innings with two partners. We got good partnerships, we needed them and we got them. the bowlers were fine, the spinners

must be given credit"

There you have it!
Zimbabwe win the first game by defeating India, and take full points and ARE ON TOP OF THE TABLE in the Micromax cup 2010.

Thanks for sticking aroung with me

A Bagrat and Co Production for everyone.

1 comment:

  1. Good. Use Twitter service, so that many can see your work. Best wishes.