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Stats: Rohit fifth Indian to score a hundred in Zimbabwe

Last updated on: May 29, 2010 09:54 IST
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- The first match in the Zimbabwe tri-series, between India and Zimbabwe, on Friday, was India's 741st ODI. With this they equalled Australia's record of playing most ODIs.

- It was the 50th match between India and Zimbabwe. India have now played 50 matches against eight different opponents -- 121 v Sri Lanka,118 v Pakistan,103 v Australia, 95 v West Indies, 81 v New Zealand, 70 v England, 60 v South Africa… and 50 v Zimbabwe.

- Ashok Dinda, R Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav made their ODI debut for India. A total of 184 players have now represented India in the shorter version of the game. The last time India played three debutants in a match was way back in 2000 against Kenya at Nairobi when Zaheer Khan, Vijay Dahiya and Yuvraj Singh were handed ODI caps.

- Craig Ervine (brother of Sean Ervine) made his ODI debut for Zimbabwe. He became 109th player to appear for Zimbabwe in a One-Day International.

- Andy Blignaut made a comeback for Zimbabwe after a gap of nearly four years eight months. His last appearance for Zimbabwe was also against India at Harare on 04-09-2005. Blignaut thus missed 87 matches between two appearances and equalled Craig Evans' Zimbabwean record.

- By strange quirk of fate both skippers Suresh Raina and Elton Chigumbura were also making their captaincy debut.

- Suresh Raina became the 20th player to captain India in a One-Day International. At 23 years 182 days he is the second youngest to lead India in ODIs, behind only Sachin Tendulkar, who was 23 years 126 days old on captaincy debut (v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 1996).

- Virat Kohli, playing his 24th match (and 21st innings), registered his first duck in ODIs.

- Kohli also provided the eighth instance of an Indian batsman getting run-out without facing a ball. Others to suffer this fate for India are: Zaheer Khan (twice), Chetan Sharma, Venkatapathy Raju, MSK Prasad, Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth.

- Rohit Sharma (114) made his highest score in ODIs, beating an unbeaten 70 against Sri Lanka at Canberra in 2008.

- Rohit became the fifth Indian batsman to score a hundred on Zimbabwean soil. His hundred was also the fourth by an Indian batsman against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to score TWO hundreds on Zimbabwean soil.

- The fifth wicket partnership of 132 runs between Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja is India's best for this wicket on Zimbabwe soil, beating the 103-run partnership between Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni at Harare in 2005.

- India's total of 285-5 is their highest ever on Zimbabwean soil. Their previous best was 279 for 4 against New Zealand at Harare in 2005. Incidentally India's previous best against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe was 255 (made on two occasions).

- Ashok Dinda and R Vinay Kumar provided the first ever instance of two debutants opening the bowling for India (this obviously excludes India's first ever ODI).

- Brendan Taylor's 81 is the highest score by a Zimbabwean keeper against India in Zimbabwe. Tatenda Taibu held the previous record with 71 at Harare in 2005.

- Craig Ervine (67*) became the eighth Zimbabwe batsman to score a fifty in his debut innings. His score is the fourth highest by a Zimbabwean debutant after Andy Flower (115* v Sri Lanka, New Plymouth, 1992), Mark Dekker (79 v New Zealand, Bulawayo AC, 1992) and Duncan Fletcher (69* v Australia, Nottingham, 1983).

- Ervine's innings is the highest by a Zimbabwe batsman in the debut innings against India, beating Craig Wishart's 53 at Colombo SSC in 1996.

- Zimbabwe's total of 289-4 is their highest ever against India, beating 284-9 at Jodhpur in 2000. Incidentally Zimbabwe's previous highest against India in Zimbabwe was 259-5 at Harare in 1998.

- Zimbabwean innings had four partnerships of more than 50 – 88 between Masakadza & Taylor for the first wicket, 63 between Taylor & Lamb for the second wicket, 55 between Ervine & Coventry for the fourth wicket and an unbeaten 58 between Ervine & Chigumbura for the fifth wicket.

- This provided the first ever instance of four fifty-plus partnerships in an innings for Zimbabwe, third such instance by any side against India and only the 28th in all 2891 ODIs.

- The win was Zimbabwe's ninth over India -- six of them have come while chasing.

- Brendan Taylor won his fourth Man of the Match award in ODIs.

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