India’s youngsters put up a remarkable show in the first ODI, with KL Rahul dominating the show. He becamethe first Indian batsman to score a century on ODI debut as he continued his good form. The bowlers also did well, with Barinder Sran bowling with good pace and getting swing.
However, Zimbabwe’s small total of 168 did not give many batsmen a chance and it will be interesting to see what Dhoni does in the second ODI. Three players made their debuts in the first ODI and there could be some more fresh faces introduced.
For Zimbabwe, a listless batting and bowling display summed up their efforts and it will take a monumental effort if they are to snap their 10-match losing streak against India. Graeme Cremer looked lost for options and some key players will have to stand up if they are to put up a fight.