The first ODI between India and Zimbabwe turned the former one-sided on Thursday. After India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul Against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, they won the toss and elected to bowl. India bundled out Zimbabwe for 189, thanks Akshar Patel (3 for 24), Deepak Chahri (3 for 27), famous krishna (3 for 50) and mohammed siraji (1 for 36). In reply, the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan And Shubman Gill Zimbabwe’s total was mocked as they shared an unbeaten 192-run stand for the first wicket to help India win the game with 115 balls to spare.
India and Zimbabwe will face each other on Saturday (August 20) at the same venue. While India would like to seal the three-match series with a win, the hosts will try to give a better challenge to the guests.
Here’s what we think India’s playing XI could be in the 2nd ODI vs Zimbabwe:
Shikhar Dhawan: Though the southpaw scored 81 off 113 balls, he made sure he remained at the crease to take India home comfortably. Dhawan’s strike rate was 71.68, while his innings was filled with nine fours.
Shubman Gill: The right-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 82 off 72 balls in the first ODI against Zimbabwe. He will try to continue his good form in the second game as well.
Ishaan KishanIshan Kishan has so far scored a total of 88 runs in his three ODI innings with the help of a half-century in his debut match. In T20Is, Kishan has done well for India and will try to maintain the confidence in ODIs as well.
KL Rahul: This is the first time after IPL 2022 that KL Rahul is playing an international series. Though he didn’t get a chance to bat in the first game, he will look to score some runs in the upcoming matches against Zimbabwe.
Deepak HoodaHooda has not been able to score a big score since scoring a century against Ireland. He needs to find his time in the middle and what better chance than an ODI against Zimbabwe.
Sanju Samson: The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman has shown glimpses of talent in his brief international career so far, but what he lacks is the ability to take his innings as deep as possible.
Axar Patel: Apart from being impressive with the ball in hand, Axar has also done well with his batting performances in limited opportunities. He returned 3 for 24 in 7.3 overs in the first ODI against Zimbabwe.
Deepak Chahar: Deepak Chahar’s return from injury has been good. The right-arm pacer scored 3 for 27 in 7 overs in the first ODI against Zimbabwe.
Kuldeep Yadav: While the spinner has been out of favor in recent years, the ongoing series in Zimbabwe certainly gives him the best opportunities to cement his case. In the first ODI against Zimbabwe, he kept wickets for 36 runs in 10 overs.
Famous Krishna: The right-arm pacer returned 3 for 50 in 8 overs in the first match of the ongoing series against Zimbabwe. Taking three wickets will boost his confidence as the pacer was struggling to pick up wickets in recent times.
Mohammad Siraj: The adaptive pacer took only one wicket in the 1st ODI vs Zimbabwe but was economical. Siraj conceded only 36 runs in 8 overs played.
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