Dhawan and Gill lead Opening batsmen Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan shone as India cruised to a 10-wicket victory over. Zimbabwe in the first of three one-day internationals on Thursday.
Gill (82) and vice-captain Dhawan (81) were unbeaten as the tourists chased down a modest target of 190 with 19.1 overs to spare at Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe used eight bowlers. But none of them took a wicket as the Indian openers combined for a six and 19 fours.
Richard Ngarava struggled with the ball, conceding 40 runs in seven overs. While Luke Jongwe limited the Indian openers to 11 runs in two overs. India, which is third in the ODI rankings and ten places ahead of Zimbabwe, traveled to southern Africa without several stars, including. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are on rest.
After matches in England and the Caribbean, head coach Rahul Dravid also took a break, with VVS Laxman taking over.
The hosts were bowled out for 189 in 40.3 overs. largely due to a valiant 70-run ninth-wicket stand between Ngarava and Brad Evans.
After being put in to bat by India, the home side rallied to 83-6, with. Ngarava scoring 34 and Evans unbeaten on 33.
Prasidh Krishna clean bowled Ngarava after he faced 42 deliveries and hit a six and three fours.
Evans also hit a six and three fours in 29 balls as. Zimbabwe attempted in vain to extend a run of nine wins in 11 games since Dave Houghton took over as coach in June. Former batting star Houghton took over a demoralized team after. Afghanistan’s 3-0 ODI and T20 whitewashes and led Zimbabwe to series victories over Bangladesh in both white-ball formats.
Regis Chakabva, Zimbabwe’s captain-wicketkeeper, Dhawan and Gill lead also impressed with 35 runs, including four fours.
With three wickets each, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, and Krishna shared the Indian bowling honors.
Despite being the most expensive bowler, conceding 50 runs, Krishna claimed the prized wicket of Zimbabwe middle-order star Sikandar Raza.
Raza, who was born in Pakistan and had unbeaten centuries in two of his three ODI innings against Bangladesh, had only scored 12 runs when he was caught.
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