When India go into the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Saturday, skipper KL Rahul will be hoping he gets the batting practice he needs. There is so much difference between the performances of both teams that this series has become completely one-sided.
Harare. When India go into the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Saturday, skipper KL Rahul will be hoping he gets the batting practice he needs. There is so much difference between the performances of both teams that this series has become completely one-sided. The Indian team will aim to bat only after winning the toss to get time to bat. The bouncy pitch and the strong wind will not make the challenge easy for the batsmen.
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Zimbabwe do not have bowlers like Jimmy Anderson and Josh Hazlewood but it will be a challenge for the Indian team to come through the situation. Deepak Chahar said after the first match that the bowlers could not get much help in the second session, but the first hour of play was not easy for the batsmen. Batting practice is essential for the Indian team before they play bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi in the Asia Cup. Captain Rahul, who went on to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill in the first match, showed leadership skills, but now ahead of the Asia Cup, batsman Rahul also needs to get back in touch. They will have to adjust India’s attacking strategy from the very first ball right away. This is a golden opportunity for Rahul against a weak team like Zimbabwe. On the other hand, if Deepak Hooda is brought up in the batting order, then his confidence will increase.
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If Sanju Samson comes down at number four, then he can play the role of architect behind the innings. Acting coach VVS Laxman will first look to win the series and then experiment with team combinations. If Dhawan’s side injury becomes serious, then Ishan Kishan and Rahul’s left-right combination will be good to open the innings. Deepak Chahar bowled seven consecutive overs which is a good sign that he is up to the workload. The famous Krishna will also want to bring in variations while Mohammad Siraj will have his eyes on the wicket.
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Team: India: KL Rahul (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Pranand Krishna, Mohammad Siraj, Chahar , Shahbaz Ahmed. Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabwa (capt), Ryan Burle, Tanaka Chiwanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Keia, T Caetano, Clive Madande, Wesley M, T Marumani, Jan Masara, Tony Munyonga, Richard Angarawa, Victor N, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano. Match time: 12.00. From 45.
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