Gill and Dhawan Power India to 10 wickets win over Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe bowled eight options in search of a wicket but failed miserably as India won the game by 10 wickets in just 30.5 overs

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Hasi Kamanger

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Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill fluently went unbeaten half centuries as India raced to a stunning 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their first one-day international at the Harare Sports Grounds on Thursday.

Openers Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan propelled India to a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI match at Harare Sports Club, Harare. It was a dominant show from the visitors as they didn't give Zimbabwe a chance to get back in the game and comfortably took a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.
The visitors set a target of 190 to win and achieved it without losing a wicket in 30.5 overs as Dhawan hit 81 from 113 balls and Gill a more brutal 82 from 72 deliveries.
Zimbabwe used eight bowlers to limit their opponents but there was no reward against opening games in India.
The visitors had opted to bowl first and were quick in the wickets as they reduced the home side to 66 for five.
Seamer Deepak Chahar removed both opening games to finish 3-27, well supported by the more expensive Prasidh Krishna, who won 3-50 in eight overs.
Previously, Rahul won the toss and opted to bowl first, and Deepak Chahar, returning after recovering from injury, dismissed Zimbabwe's opening games early as both exited in similar fashion, bringing the ball to the wicketkeeper behind stumps.
None of the Zimbabwe batters seemed comfortable during those opening overs, as Chahar got plenty of deliveries to shoot back late while some pitched up.
While Mohammed Siraj sacked veteran campaigner Sean Williams with just 1 to further hurt the hosts. Chahar was too good for the Zimbabwean top order as he also defeated Wesley Madhevere on the 5th.
Chahar suffered a hamstring injury earlier this year during West Indies T20I and missed cricket competitions for almost six months.