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Chahal shines with ball, Rayadu with bat in India’s eight wicket win against Zimbabwe in second ODI

dhonileads1Harare: A fantastic bowling spell by Yuzvendra Chahal (3-25) followed by some good batting display from top order batsmen, including Ambati Rayudu (41 off 48 balls) helped India beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the second ODI to an unassailable lead in the three-match series at Harare Sports Club, here on Monday.

Speaking about the win, skipper MS Dhoni said, “It's always good to take catches. It was a different performance from the first game. It was a slightly different pitch. Some of the shots played in the first 10 overs showed it was coming on to the bat nicely. Our bowlers did a great job to restrict them. I felt they would cross 200 and our spinners got us important breakthroughs. Most important thing is to win games and our batting when it comes to professionalism is right up there. We'll sit and discuss changes for the next game with Sanjay Bangar. There's only so much players can do in only one game. We'll see who can fit in the T20 squad and maybe we'll rest one of the bowlers.”

Chahal, who was Man of the Match, said, “I enjoyed bowling, the wicket was a bit slow. The day before, the batsmen were not going after me and were a bit defensive. Today they were attacking me so I got wickets. I was looking to bowl a stump-to-stump line and Mahi bhai also asked me to bowl slow through the air.”

Graeme Cremer, said, “Losing the toss again may have played a part but our batters didn't look the part. The wicket was still doing a little bit and we were looking to get around 240 to get them under pressure. Injuries are always disappointing but I think we had enough batters to post a good score. We know we have four games to go and hopefully come hard at them in the T20s.”