Kohli Ton - India beat Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

India tour of Zimbabwe 2013: India won by 6 wickets with 31 balls remaining against Zimbabwe in the 1st ODI Cricket Match Played at Harare Sports Club on 24th July 2013. Ambati Rayudu cracked 59 not out on debut while Virat Kohli slammed his 15th century as India crushed Zimbabwe by six wickets in the first match.

India have won the toss and asked Zimbabwe to bat. Zimbabwe started slowly as the Indian new ball bowlers bowled a disciplined line and length on a helpful surface. Raza and Sibanda took their time as they added 72 runs for the first wicket. Raza opened up after reaching his fifty, and took a special liking to Vinay Kumar. He was dismissed for 82 and it was left to Chigumbura to help the hosts get past 200. Mishra was the best Indian bowler on view as he teased the batsmen with his variations.

For the Target of 229 the Indian openers got starts but failed to build on. Virat Kohli scored his 2nd ton as captain in just 4 matches and was well supported by debutant Ambati Rayudu as the visitors chipped away at the target. Kohli scored his 15th ODI ton and Rayudu helped himself to a half century to seal India's dominance. Kohli and Raina fell towards the end, but the match was all but decided by then. India go 1-0 ahead and continue their winning streak.

Short Scorecard:
India won the toss, and elected to field
Zimbabwe: 228/7 (50.0 Ovs)
India: 230/4 (44.5 Ovs)
India won by 6 wkts

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