Team India secured a comprehensive win against Zimbabwe in the first ODI on Thursday, August 18 at the Harare Sports Club, chasing 190 runs. The KL Rahul-led team has struck with the same plan of bowling first in the second ODI, which got underway on Saturday, August 20. However, despite a win in the previous match, the decision has come under some scrutiny.
Team India chased down 190 runs comfortably with ten wickets to spare, as the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill remained unbeaten. However, the fans were disappointed as the rest of the batters did not get an opportunity to bat. On Saturday, Indian skipper KL Rahul won the toss and again opted to bowl first in the second ODI.
Speaking at the toss, he said, “We will bowl first. Looks a little better, looks a lot harder than the previous surface, and obviously bowling first there’s something in the wicket, hopefully, we get early wickets.”
Captain KL Rahul wins the toss and we will bowl first in the 2nd ODI.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 20, 2022
With the Asia Cup and the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 around the corner, the Indian team is looking to find their perfect combination. The Zimbabwe tour is an opportunity for the players to showcase their talent, and stay in contention for the mega-event. KL Rahul, who was out of action for several weeks, has been included in India’s Asia Cup. He does not have any match practice under his belt, in the last few weeks. However, with India’s decision to bowl first, he and the other batters are unlikely to get good opportunities out in the middle.
Let’s take a look at how the fans reacted to KL Rahul’s decision to bowl first:
Another inexplicable decision to bowl first in Harare.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) August 20, 2022
Bowl first…. very defensive desicion 💔
— Rahul Patil (@Rahulpa55510183) August 20, 2022
India has won the Toss and opted to bowl first. Seriously doesn't find any logic #India playing #Zimbawe if they are not ensuring batsmen play full 50 overs and take the challenge of playing in slightly challenging conditions. #ZIMvIND
— Ashish Sharma (@ashish0712) August 20, 2022
Worst decision by @klrahul to choose to Bowl first 😔
— Tanishq Kothari (@TanishqKothar10) August 20, 2022
— D🏏 (@DE_WA05) August 20, 2022
There are somethings you’ll never understand like KL Rahul opting to bowl first against Zimbabwe 🤔 #ZIMvIND
— Amey Pethkar (@ameypethkar9) August 20, 2022
Shame on Rahul for taking bowl first,good chance for team to test batting strength..rahul not captain material
— Harmeet s (@hsb1975) August 20, 2022
Baffled by this decision to bowl first. If this was Hardik Pandya he would have bowled first keeping Asia Cup in mind. KL just wants to win this series at any cost 🤦
— Akshay Ganapathy (@DGAkshay) August 20, 2022
India opt to bowl first again. Surprising. #ZIMvIND
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) August 20, 2022
Zimbabwe vs India – Second ODI Playing XIs
Team India made just one change to their team for the second ODI against Zimbabwe. Surprisingly, they have not included Deepak Chahar in the team and brought in all-rounder Shardul Thakur in his place. Deepak made his comeback to the Indian team in the first ODI after being out of action for several months. He performed well taking a couple of wickets in the match.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe made two changes, bringing in Tanaka Chivanga and Takudzwanashe Kaitano. They have excluded Tadiwanashe Marumani and Richard Ngarava from the team.
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva(w/c), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Victor Nyauchi, Tanaka Chivanga
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul(c), Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson(w), Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj