India vs Zimbabwe 7th Match Hero Cup 1993 Article

Read the article of India vs Zimbabwe 7th Match Hero Cup 1993 - Hero Cup five-nation one-day international tournament of the 7th match played between Zimbabwe and India at Nehru Stadium, Indore in 18th November 1993.

Manoj Prabhakar holds nerve as India match-tied against Zimbabwe in a nerve-wracking game of the seventh match of a Hero Cup five-nation tournament.

INDIA scored 248/5 (50 overs) with top scorer by Manoj Prabhakar 91 (126), Vinod Kambli 55 (96)

Zimbabwe best bowler by Stephen Peall 3/54 (10) and David Brain 1/37 (10)

ZIMBABWE scored 248 for all-out (50 overs) with top scorer by Andy Flower 56 (82) and Ali Shah 37 (31)

India best bowler by Javagal Srinath 3/44 (10) and Manoj Prabhakar 2/41 (10)

This modified article reference from : T. I. E, Author by : N. Prabhaker

The tag of minnows. for once. looked a misnomer for Zimbabwe. They had a close brush with history at the Nehru Stadium in this match. where they tied against India in the third league match of the five-nation CAB Diamond Jubilee Hero Cup tournament. which threw open the possibilities of semi-final qualifications wide open.

This was the second perfect tie for India in 4 One-day internationals. the first one coming at Perth in 1991 against West Indies in the triangular series when Mohammad Azharuddin caught last man Anderson Cummins off Sachin Tendulkar.

Zimbabwe's win here would have been their first against India in their 10 meetings had it come through. The team deserved nothing but a win. But a Manoj Prahhakar yorker denied them he winning run. Both teams got a point each.

Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and put India batting first. The hosts. after being gagged in the initial overs. opened up later through Man of The Match Manoj Prabhakar. Vinod Kambli and Mohammad Azharuddin helped to India made 248 in 50 overs.

The Indian outcricket was pathetic in this match and Mohammad Azharuddin had just no place to hide Woorkeri Raman in the field. Raman made the second duck of the tournament and later took to the field as if he were manacled. He let balls slip between his legs to the ropes and failed to pick up the ground shots many a time. The booing of the 40,000-odd spectators only compounded his misery.

From Mohamma Azharuddin's rotation of bowlers it looked as though India were defending a total of 300 plus. From the 13th to the 17th over he used five bowlers. As if to stress the fact that a mind stretched to new ideas never gets back to the original.

The Indian think-tank on this match promoted Vijay Yadav ahead of Mohammad Azharuddin. when the score was 128 and only 33 overs were gone through. Yadav went for a wild slog in only his second ball and trudged back to the pavilion. If India fail to make it to the semi-finals the team management will have a lot to answer for.

Grant Flower. who came in for Mark Dekker and Alistair Campbell were the only top-order Zimbabwe batsmen to fail on this match. Grant played the wrong line and was bowled by Manoj bPrahhakar for two. Campbell, shaping for a leg glance. was castled by Javagal Srinath for seven. 

Skipper Andy Flower. Dave Houghton, Andy Waller, Guy Whittal and Ali Shah together very nearly put them on road to victory, but for the couple of blows that Javagal Srinath dealt in the 45th over After a quick 22 in 32 balls. inclusive of three fours and a massive six off Kapil Dev over mid-wicket. Houghton fell to the same bowler. leg before. after the first drinks break. Andy Flower and Andy Waller forged a half century partnership before the latter perished for 32 (off 50 balls including three fours) slashing a wide delivery off Sachin Tendulkar to Mohammad Azharuddin at gully.

Andy Flower. after playing a sensible knock of 56. which strung the Zimbabwe innings together. made a premeditated charge against Rajesh Chauhan and Vijay Yadav did the rest from behind. The most enterprising stand. for the sixth wicket. between Guy Whittal and Ali Shah threatened to take the match away from India. 

Runs came in an avalanche. In nine overs the duo added 58 runs But their dismissals is one Javagal Srinath over turned the match around. He had Ali Shah caught at fine kg by Rajesh Chauhan for 37 (31 balls, including four fours) and two balls later brilliantly ran out Guy Whittal who had charged down the wicket and was unable to regain his ground. He made 33 (43 halls. Including three fours).

The slump began here. But some heroic efforts by the later batsman took the game to a nerve-wracking finish. David Brain left after making just ten. Azhar taking the catch on second attempt off Manoj Prahhakar. The equation at that time was 37 runs off 31 balls for a win. Stephen PeaIl, who hit Javagal Srinath to the midwicket fence in the 47th over, and Heath Streak took the score to 237. when Peall left skying Srinath to Vijay Yaday.

When Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble collided to drop a dolly off a miscued Sneak essay which resulted in three runs. the equation was 12 runs off eight halls. Javagal Sriath gave two runs off his remaining two deliveries and the match came to its last over with Zimbabwe needing 10 runs for victory. Heath Streak and new man John Rennie took a single each after the first ball was wasted. Rennie then hit the fourth ball to midwicket which fell inches short of the ropes. Had it sailed over. what with the next two balls producing three runs.

Zimbabwe would have had, a big bash on 21st November. But that was not to be.

Earlier. India consolidated their innings through a mature 91 (off 125 balls, four fours and a five) by Manoj Prabhakar and an equally sensible and restrained knock of 55 (off 96 balls, one four) by Vinod Kambli and their century partnership saw Mohammad Azharuddin getting a foundation to launch himself on. The Indian skipper made an unbeaten 54 off 56 balls and together with Sachin Tendulkar. who made a flashy 24 (off 16-balls including one-six & a four) gave India a fighting total.

Pravin Amre was the only change in the Indian line-up on this match. replacing Ajay Sharma. Indian physiotherapist All Irani ruled out Sidhu for the match.



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