Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill smashed unbeaten 80s to help India record a clinical 10-wicket victory in the first ODI against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.
Chasing the target of 190, the Indian openers gave no chance to Zimbabwe bowlers, ensuring the tourists registered a win by 10 wickets. While Dhawan remained unbeaten at 81 off 113 deliveries, Gill stayed undefeated at 82 from 72 balls.
Highest opening stands for India in 10-wicket wins (ODI):
- 197/0 vs Zimbabwe, Sharjah 1998
- 192/0 vs Zimbabwe, Harare 2022 *
- 126/0 vs Zimbabwe, Harare 2016
- 123/0 vs East Africa, Leeds 1975
- 116/0 vs West Indies, Port of Spain 1997
- 114/0 vs England, The Oval 2022
- 97/0 vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah 1984
Earlier, Indian bowlers dominated the proceedings and kept control of the run-flow by regularly taking wickets. Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel and Prasidh Krishna all picked up three wickets each.
While Chahar bagged three scalps for 27 in seven overs, Axar took a three-wicket haul while conceding 24 in 7.3 overs. Similarly, Prasidh also picked up three scalps but ended up giving away 50 runs in 8 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 18, 2022
That's that from the 1st ODI.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2022
1st ODI of last two India-Zimbabwe series:
2016 – KL Rahul debuted and scored his first century
2022 – KL Rahul won his first match as captain#ZIMvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) August 18, 2022
3rd hundred run partnership by Gill & Dhawan from 4 innings in ODI format as an opening pair.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 18, 2022
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) August 18, 2022
It's advantage #TeamIndia as they secure a comfortable 🔟 wicket win courtesy of a brilliant 1️⃣9️⃣2️⃣ run partnership between the openers.
Shikhar Dhawan – 8️⃣1️⃣*(113)
Shubman Gill – 8️⃣2️⃣*(72)
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 18, 2022
✌️10-wicket wins & #TeamIndia ➡️ The perfect history in 2022 💙
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 18, 2022
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) August 18, 2022
🇮🇳🏏 VICTORY IS OURS! We start the series with a delightful win, thanks to Gill & Dhawan's unbeaten opening stand.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 18, 2022
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) August 18, 2022