Ishan Kishan’s reaction to insect attack during the 1st India-Zimbabwe ODI. look

The Indian cricket team managed by KL Rahul enjoyed a great day at Harare Sports Club on Thursday as they beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series. Flyers Shubman Gill (82) and Shikhar Dhawan Gill (81) were undefeated as the Tourists hit a modest target of 190 with 19.1 overs to spare. The home side were out for 189 in 40.3 overs, largely thanks to a brave 70-run ninth-wicket stand between Richard Ngarava and Brad Evans.

Before the match, there was a funny incident when both teams were on the pitch for their respective national anthems. Indian star Ishan Kishan looked annoyed when an insect flew near his face. Kishan looked puzzled and even looked at Kuldeep Yadav by his side.

Watch: Ishan Kishan’s reaction to bug attack

Speaking of the game, Zimbabwe used eight bowlers but none could claim a wicket as the Indian openers hit a six and 19 four between them. Ngarava fared worse with the ball, conceding 40 runs in seven overs, while Luke Jongwe limited India’s openers to 11 runs on his two overs run.

India, third in the ODI rankings and 10 places ahead of Zimbabwe, traveled to southern Africa without several stars, including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are resting.

Head coach Rahul Dravid also took a break after games in England and the Caribbean with VVS Laxman in charge.

Struggling at 83-6 after being put at bat by India, the home side rallied with Ngarava scoring 34 and Evans unbeaten on 33. Ngarava faced 42 deliveries and broke a six and three fours before being defeated by Prasidh Krishna.

Evans also hit a six and three fours, from 29 balls, as Zimbabwe unsuccessfully sought to extend a run of nine wins from 11 matches since Dave Houghton took over as manager in June.

Former batting star Houghton inherited a team demoralized after 3-0 ODI and T20 shutouts by Afghanistan and led Zimbabwe to series triumphs over Bangladesh in both clean-ball formats.

The other Zimbabwe batsman to impress was Chakabva, whose 35 runs included four fours.

Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar and Krishna shared Indian bowling honors with three wickets each.

Although Krishna was the most expensive, conceding 50 runs, he won the prized wicket of Zimbabwe middle star Sikandar Raza.


Pakistan-born Raza, who has gone centuries unbeaten in two of his three ODI legs against Bangladesh, had scored just 12 when he was caught by Dhawan in the slides.

With AFP inputs

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