Friday, 10 July 2015

India vs Zimbabwe - 1st ODI Cricket

10 Jul 2015

India vs Zimbabwe - 1st ODI Cricket

Rayudu ton gives India last-ball thriller

India vs Zimbabwe
255/6 (50) 251/7 (50)
India won by 4 runs
Photo © BCCI

Fifty off thirty balls. Tense. Elton Chigumbura defuses the pressure with a rasping cut. Forty-five off 24. He winds up and lashes a full toss to the cover boundary. Harare had been jiving with their captain. Song and dance galore. Thirty-two off 18. He tonks a four through long-on and Zimbabwe believed. They beamed with their captain as he collected a second successive ODI century. As it is with low-scorers - the target Zimbabwe were chasing was only 256 - nerves of both team's were put through a shredder.

India though weren't quite so accommodating. Amid the many harried discussions, they made sure the best yorker bowler had the final over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar hit the mark enough to sever Zimbabwe's feel-good vibes. The home crowd can't be too cheery when their team needs six off one ball. And he nailed one last yorker to help his team break out of jail, and India's own centurion Ambati Rayudu sigh in relief as well.

Rayudu ton gives India last-ball thriller (espncricinfo):
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