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Zimbabwe seeks way past imposing India

Taylor says Zimbabwe will look for more runs and winning toss will help team gain advantage over India

Zimbabwe seeks way past imposing India - Cricket News
Brendan Taylor says his batsmen will look to put on more runs on the board.
Zimbabwe’s six-wicket defeat to India on Wednesday (July 24) was by no means embarrassing. But it certainly highlighted the difference in class between the two sides, and the fact that Zimbabwe will need everything to go its way if it is to hit back in Friday’s second One-Day International.
 
To that end, as India opted to take a rest day on Thursday, the Zimbabweans gathered at Harare Sports Club and ran through every possible way in which they could gain an advantage. The first answer as to how they could hope to compete was also the most obvious.
 
“Win the toss,” said Brendan Taylor, the captain. “I think the toss is important. That’s not to take anything away from the way the Indians outplayed us - I think they showed why they are one of the top teams in the world. But they made it extremely difficult for us in the morning and the wicket did flatten out in the afternoon which made it tough for our bowlers.”
 
Having settled on a slightly fresher pitch, Zimbabwe is likely to go into the second match with four seamers. Brian Vitori, the left-armer, has been bowling well in the nets, and seems the likeliest option to replace Tinotenda Mutombodzi, the legspinner, whose nerves appeared to get the better of him on Wednesday as he conceded more than eight runs per over.
 
Yet Zimbabwe knows that while fielding four seamers on a greener wicket would appear to be its best hope, it could backfire if Virat Kohli calls correctly and inserts the Zimbabweans once again. In which case, they will need to show a little more guts up front.
 
“To be honest our main goal (in the first game) was to keep wickets in hand,” said Taylor. “Watching in the changing room we felt the ball was doing a great deal and the batters consolidated pretty nicely and it was just too risky to go after them.
 
“Tomorrow we might have to change that because batting first, 230 or 240 is not going to be enough. Hopefully a bit of momentum can swing our way.”
 
They also need to work out a way past Kohli, who was a couple of classes above anyone else on the field on Wednesday.
 
“When the wicket's flat it seems nearly impossible to get him out,” said Taylor. “He's a class player and he's done it against the best teams in the world, but we just need to keep it simple to him and hopefully frustrate him and let him make his own mistakes.”
 
Barring an unexpected injury, India has no reason to make any changes to its side. R Vinay Kumar was more expensive than he would have liked, conceding 57 runs in nine overs, but that was largely due to some good batting by Sikandar Raza in the Power Play.
 
One imagines that the selectors will want most of the squad to have a go at some stage in the series, but it’s probably a little early for experimentation. Which will leave the Zimbabweans to try and pick a way through a team that showed almost no fallibility in the opening salvo.
 
Teams (from):
 
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (capt, wk), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Michael Chinouya, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.
 
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Parveez Rasool, Mohammed Shami, R Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.

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