It was a dominating day for India on the field in Harare where they registered a 10-wicket win over hosts Zimbabwe in the first match of the three-match ODI series.
Stand-in captain KL Rahul lauded his bowlers’ in a dominating display on the field.
Despite conceding 25 extras, Axar Patel, a returning Deepak Chahar and Prasidh Krishna picked three wickets each as India bowled out Zimbabwe for 189 all out in 40.3 overs
“Picking up wickets is crucial. There was a swing and seam movement as well. But it was good to see them put the ball in the right areas and be disciplined. For a few of us, it is great to be back in the Indian dressing room,” said Rahul after the match.
Thursday’s match was also the first competitive cricketing appearance for Rahul and Chahar in a long time due to injury layoff. “As good as it can be, I am on the field and I am happy. We do play a lot of cricket, injuries are going to be a part of it. Being away from the game is hard. Rehab and everything every day gets boring. We’d rather be playing 365 days than be with the physio,” added Rahul.
Brief scores: Zimbabwe 189 all out in 40.3 overs (Regis Chakabva 35, Richard Ngarava 34; Axar Patel 3-24, Deepak Chahar 3-27) lost to India (Shubman Gill 82 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 81 not out) by 10 wickets