Zimbabwe v India 2016, Stats: Bumrah, openers help India claim a comfortable 10-wicket win
India whitewashed Zimbabwe 3-0 for the second time in as many years after beating the hosts by 10 wickets in the third ODI. Despite winning the toss, Zimbabwe’s middle-order fragility was exposed once again by the Indian bowlers.
It was a case of deja vu for Zimbabwe, who looked set for a decent score at 104/3 but then lost four wickets in four balls and played out a double wicket maiden off Axar Patel to collapse to 104/7.
Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief as he ran through the Zimbabwe middle-order. Although he didn’t pick up his hat-trick, he picked up three wickets in five balls and eventually finished with four wickets as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 123.
In reply, debutant Faiz Fazal and KL Rahul saw India to lunch without any loss. The pair continued their impressive start as Rahul registered his first ODI fifty and Fazal followed suit on debut to help India win with 28.1 overs to spare.
Here are some interesting numbers from the game:
0 – The number of times Jasprit Bumrah finished with better figures in an ODI before today. He finished with his career-best ODI figures after his spell of 10-1-22-4.
1 – This is the first time India has played three debutants as openers (Karun Nair, Faiz Fazal and KL Rahul) in any ODI series.
1 – This is the first time in MS Dhoni’s career, which has spanned 278 ODIs that he has not batted in an ODI series where more than one match was played.
2 – This is India’s second-lowest runs conceded per wicket in a bilateral ODI series. Only the series against Pakistan in 1989/90 when they conceded 13.25 per wicket was lower than this series, where they conceded 14.37 runs per wicket.
2 – Fazal became the second-oldest Indian to score a fifty on ODI debut at 30 years old. The oldest was Ajit Wadekar.
3 – India lost only three wickets in the entire series. They now hold the world-record for the fewest wickets lost in an ODI series (min 2 matches) beating their own record set in the 1984 Asia Cup.
3 – Faiz Fazal became the third player from Vidarbha to play for India in ODIs after Prashant Vaidya and Umesh Yadav. He also became only the third Indian opener to score a fifty on ODI debut. Robin Uthappa was the first while his batting partner, KL Rahul was the other.
5 – Elton Chigumbura became the fifth Zimbabwe player after Adam Huckle (1999), Grant Flower (2000), Stuart Carlisle (2000), Dion Ebrahim (2000) to get two golden ducks an ODI series.
6 – This was only the second time that India claimed a 10-wicket win in an ODI. The first time was against East Africa in 1975 and the last time before today was in 2001 against Kenya in Bloemfontein.
11 – Jasprit Bumrah now holds the record for the most wickets by an Indian bowler after first 4 ODIs, beating RP Singh’s record of 10.
14 – Faiz Fazal became the 14th Indian to score 50+ on his ODI debut. The first was Ajit Wadekar and the latest to join that list was his opening partner, KL Rahul.
14.37 – Zimbabwe lost a wicket every 14.37 runs, which is their second-worst in any bilateral ODI series. Only the series against Sri Lanka where they scored 13.59 runs per wicket was worse than this series.
30 years and 282 days – Only Sameer Dighe, who was 31 was older than Faiz Fazal when he made his ODI debut for India in the last three decades.
107 – MS Dhoni now has 107 ODI wins as captain, equalling Allan Border and moving into second place in the all-time list. Only Ricky Ponting with 165 has won more ODIs as captain.
123 – This is Zimbabwe’s second-lowest total against India in ODIs. Their lowest came in 2005 when they were bowled out for just 65.
214 – Faiz Fazal became the 214th player to play for India. England still lead the way as far as most debutants in ODIs is concerned with 243.
350 – Only three wicketkeepers have more ODI dismissals than MS Dhoni, who notched up his 350th dismissal in his 278th ODI. Kumar Sangakkara leads the charts with 482, closely followed by Adam Gilchrist with 472 and Mark Boucher with 424 dismissals.