Harare. In the first match of the three-match cricket series Indian fast bowlers restricted the hosts Zimbabwe, on just 168 runs. Dhaval Kulkarni and Brinder Saran took two wickets for India each and Jaspreet Bumra knocked four wickets.
In the absence of senior players young team is led by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he won the toss and made Zimbabwe bat. Leg-spinner and batsman Karun Nair with Yujvendra Chahal made his international debut for India while Lokesh Rahul was given the first chance in playing XI.
It appeared that Zimbabwe's batsmen were struggling against the Indian pace attack. Saran wad one of the best IPL performer which he showed from the very first ball. On the first ball Camu Cibaba was appealed for lbw but umpire had ruled it in favor of the batsman. Saran had to wait long for the wicket. Cibaba Peter Moore's opening partner was trapped with his inswinger.
Batsmen had considerable difficulty in scoring. This time Zimbabwe had scored 30 runs for two wickets in the ninth over.