Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny saved India from a possible humiliation in the first ODI against Zimbabwe as they took India from 87-5 to 255-6 in 50 overs after a middle order collapse which saw the Indians losing 4 quick wickets courtesy a good bowling display from the hosts. Rayudu scored his second ODI ton on course of the match.

Put into bat, India lost their opener Murali Vijay cheaply before Rayudu joined skipper Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. The duo batted steadily before Donald Tiripano had Rahane caught by Hamilton Masakadza for 34. It triggered a middle order collapse for India as the visitors lost the wickets of Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa and Kedar Jadhav in quick succession and were reduced for 87.5 in the 27th over. Tiwary was struck plumb in front off Chamu Chibhabha before Robin Uthappa ran himself out trying to steal a quick single to Sikander Raza at covers.

Chibhabha struck again when he had Jadhav caught behind. It left Rayudu in the crease along with Stuart Binny. Binny looked in a positive note ever since he walked in and did the repair works with Rayudu. Binny reached his maiden ODI fifty before Rayudu accounted for his ton off 117 balls. The 160 run sixth wicket partnership between Rayudu and Binny was ended in the penultimate over when Binny was out caught behind by Richard Mutumbami off Tiripano for a 76 ball 77. Rayudu remained unbeaten on 124 off 133 balls. Tiripano and Chibhabha were the pick of the bowlers as they scalped two wickets apiece.


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