Live Cricket Score – India vs Zimbabwe, Super 12, T20 World Cup 2022

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Zimbabwe 115-10 (17.2 ovs)

Blessing Muzarabani 0 (2)

India 186-5

Axar Patel 3.2-0-40-1

Kohli has been dismissed just once in the World Cup

Kohli has been dismissed just once in the World Cup © AFP

All over! Zimbabwe bowled out for 111; India win by 71 runs

That’s that from India’s final league stage game then. They’ve put in an exceptionally strong showing here to complete a 71-run win that takes them to the top of the Group 2 table, which means they meet England in the second semifinal in Adelaide on November 10. The Sydney semifinal – on November 9 – will be contested by Pakistan and New Zealand.

Ashwin picks two in an over

Sikandar Raza just can’t find batting partners to keep the innings going again. Ashwin gets a second wicket as Wellington Masakadza plays down the wrong line and a leading edge goes to cover. Three balls later, Richard Ngarava was cleaned up with a ball that was kept low. Ashwin wraps up his spell with 3 for 22 in 4 overs.

Ashwin ends the stubborn stand…

Ryan Burl is gone. He was on a mission to destroy spin, and did quite a lot of damage before perishing while adding to it. Ashwin pushed through a fuller ball and sneaked through the bat-pad gap and Burl swung and missed that. He walks back for 35 off 22 balls.

Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl seek recovery…

The chase might be out of reach but the need to drag Zimbabwe out of the early quagmire and get them up to a better position has been taken up by Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza. They’ve gone after India’s spinners here. R Ashwin has been hit for 12 in his first over, and 16 came off Axar’s first.

36 for 5!

Zimbabwe are hurtling towards a sorry finish to an otherwise good World Cup campaign. Tony Munyonga is the latest to fall, trapped leg before by a full and fast ball. Munyonga reviewed but in vain and Zimbabwe have lost half their side. This game is now a bridge too far, even for the brilliant and gritty Sikandar Raza.

Zimbabwe four down

Hardik Pandya comes in and gets piece of the pie as he sends Sean Ervine packing with a caught and bowled. Ervine was looking to tuck the ball away on the leg side but he closed the face of the bat too soon and the ball lobbed up off a leading edge.

Shami removes Sean Williams

This Zimbabwean innings is going nowhere. On the last ball of the PowerPlay, Sean Williams lashed out at a length ball outside the offstump and ended up edging it to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at third man. Zimbabwe 29 for 3.

Arshdeep Singh strikes now!

The white ball is swinging, and India are making Zimbabwe dance around with it. Arshdeep got a fuller one move in late and breached Regis Chakabva’s defence. Zimbabwe are 2 for 2.

Wicket first ball!

Wesley Madhevere falls on the first ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. That’s the 21st PP wicket that Zimbabwe have lost in this World Cup. Bhuvneshwar bowls full and gets a little late swing, Madhevere’s eyes light up and he drives hard. Virat Kohli at short cover dives forward and takes an exceptional catch. Zimbabwe are 0 for 1.

India finish with 186/4

One outrageous stroke after another from the willow of Suryakumar Yadav has powered India to a massive total here. At 101 for 4, Zimbabwe would’ve hoped to tie India down to around 150 and take a stab at it but they were left helpless by the genius of Suryakumar here.When he plays shots like that – picking an attempted yorker outside the offstump and ramping it for a six over fine leg – there’s very little you can do as a bowling side.

#SuryakumarYadav SR in each phase Middle overs: 170 (Avg 52) Death overs: 247 (Avg 45) Both are the highest SR by any player among FM sides in T20 Is since Surya’s debut (100+ balls faced each phase). The man is something else. #T20WorldCup
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23-ball fifty for Suryakumar Yadav…

Zimbabwe have no answers to that array of strokes. You cannot blame them here, it’s unlikely too many bowling attacks will have them either. Unreal hitting.

Suryakumar Yadav blazes away…

India have recovered as quickly as they crumbled in that three-over period, courtesy Suryakumar Yadav who has played a blinder here, like he’s usually done in this format recently. There’s just no clear visible chink in his batting armory and that shows in the year he’s had – he’s now the leading run-scorer in T20 Is in 2022 with 1000+ runs at a 180-plus strike rate. Incredible hitting tonight to push India past 150 with ease after they stuttered to 101 for 4. He’s only the second batter to aggregate 1000+ runs in a calendar year after Mohammad Rizwan (1326 in 2021).

16 for 3 in 14 balls!

India have stumbled a little against spin here. Rishabh Pant becomes the third wicket to fall in a jiffy following Kohli and Rahul’s exit. He too went for a big hit against Sean Williams and Ryan Burl did a fabulous job covering ground to his left from long on and took a diving catch.

KL gets fifty.. and out, again!

His fifth in T20 World Cups and second back-to-back in this edition. A slow start in the tournament has been vanquished in style but once again – like he did against Netherlands – he got his half century and fell right after. He got one six off Raza to get to his milestone and aimed to get another, but failed to clear Masakadza at long off. Zimbabwe have two wickets in the space of four balls.

Virat Kohli goes…

The MCG has been silenced here. Sean Williams is the man behind that as he gets Kohli to hole out to long off for a 25-ball 26.

Leg spin ploy thwarted…

Sean Ervine brought on leg-spinner Ryan Burl hoping to find another breakthrough but that was not to be. KL Rahul went after the leggie, carting him for a six and a four with slog sweeps in a 14-run over.

Rohit falls in cautious start…

and it’s that man – Blessing Muzarabani who brings the breakthrough. He’s been Zimbabwe’s best bowling this World Cup and he sees the back of the India captain. There was some swing early on and the India openers were a bit cautious. They began to slowly open up with a few risky shots and Muzarabani went short against Rohit. That was bread and butter for the India captain and he swivel-pulled it. Only, the ball went straight to Wellington Masakadza at deep square leg.

Rohit Sharma has had a PowerPlay problem this World Cup…

Rohit's PowerPlay troubles

Rohit’s PowerPlay troubles ©AFP

Meanwhile, Pakistan have beaten Bangladesh to advance to the semis. This will be the sixth semifinal appearance for Pakistan in eight T20 World Cups – no other team has made it more than four instances.

COUGH: India opt to bat; Rishabh Pant in for Dinesh Karthik. Zimbabwe make two changes – Wellington Masakadza and Tony Munyonga are in.

Prelude – Sunshine in MCG for India

We’re back at the MCG, the venue that gave us the best game of the tournament and then washed a few out along the way and complicated qualifications to the semifinals. As per our man there – Kaushik – the threat of rain on Sunday is at a bare minimum. When the sun shines in Melbourne today, it’ll shine extra brightly for India who are already through to the semis without ball being played in their final league stage game. That’s the consequence of South Africa fumbling their opportunity and making a dramatic exit from the tournament with a loss at the hands of the Netherlands! This tournament just doesn’t stop giving.

Anyway, about India and Zimbabwe, it’s still not a dead rubber. The winner of the ongoing Pakistan-v-Bangladesh will qualify as the other team from their group and that game is super tight too – you can follow it here. For India to top the group, they need a victory – which they should back themselves to get – but stranger things have happened in this tournament. Like Zimbabwe beating Pakistan and then losing to Bangladesh and Netherlands. Sean Ervine still reckoned it was that Pakistan victory that gave his players the belief and reckoned the bowlers will be up for the opportunity to pocket Virat Kohli. His words of him, not mine!

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