HARARE: With the resounding win having set the tone, India will aim to take another step towards a potential whitewash of Zimbabwe in Monday’s second ODI here.
Young seamer Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets before opener KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 100 on ODI debut to help chase down the modest target.
The Karnataka batsman, who has two Test centuries and is part of the July-August tour of West Indies, underlined the form he is in, after his showing with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
Ambati Rayudu’s62 would have helped him regain confidence after being dropped following the home series against South Africa late last year. India whitewashed Zimbabwe in 2013 and 2015 and can look forward to another series sweep against the weak rivals.
All five India bowlers took wickets with pacers Dhawal Kulkarni and Barinder Sran (2 each) as well as spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal (1 each) successful.
The nine-wicket win didn’t provide the middle-order batsmen a chance and Manish Pandey, who scored his maiden ODI century against Australia in January, will be keen to impress the selectors.
Karun Nair, a prolific domestic batsman who fell cheaply on Saturday, too will look to show he is much more than an IPL player.
CSA NOT HELPING ZIMBABWE: NTINI
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is not helping struggling neighbour Zimbabwe, says former Proteas paceman Makhaya Ntini, who has taken over as the Zimbabwe head coach. “The first thing I asked when I got here was what is CSA doing to help and I picked up that South Africa is not keen on visiting here and they don’t want much to do with Zimbabwe,” he said in an interview to ‘Sunday Times’ weekly.
“It was sad to hear that,” he said. “I was told they nearly didn’t want to come to Zimbabwe for the tri-series they played with Zimbabwe and Australia two years ago.”
Ntini is the third Zimbabwe coach in two years after Stephen Mangogo and Dav Whatmore.
Ntini said descriptions like he was the first black player to be chosen for the Proteas were “irritations”, but being black would help his work with the Zimbabwe team.
“We’ve learnt to work hard, share and care as black people. That I think is one of the reasons why I was approached for this position. If you are a caring person, you are able to work well with people and this is what Zimbabwe cricket has been needing.”