Cuttack: Zimbabwe scored 253 for seven off 50 offers with Stuart Carlisle remaining unbeaten on 91 off 125 balls in the first One-day International match against India at the Barbati Stadium on Saturday. The fast outfield and the depth of Indian batting will ensure a keen contest as India chase 254 for victory.A second wicket partnership of 115 runs between opener Alistair Campbell and Stuart Carlisle was the backbone of the Zimbabwe innings. India seemed to lose their way when these two batsmen were around.A moment of indecision led to the fall of Campbell's wicket. Campbell failed to read a slower delivery from Agarkar and went with his stroke. He only managed to play uppishly to mid on where Hemang Badani made no mistake.Campbell showed great form during his tenure at the wicket and scored 69 runs from 91 balls with nine fours and one six.
India's utility man Sachin Tendulkar than gave the bonus wicket of Andy Flower, who was stumped by wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya when he charged down the wicket.Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak won the toss and elected to bat. Zimbabwe lost an early wicket when Marillier was caught by Tendulkar of Zaheer Khan for nine with the side's total reading 27. Carlisle held the Zimbabwe innings together with useful partnerships after the fall of Campbell's wicket.Though the Indian fielding showed a youthful exuberance with Yuvraj Singh willing to throw himself around, they dropped a few catches. The dismissal of Grant Flower was a brilliant effort by Yuvraj, who had to run around and dive full length to take the catch. The wicket of Grant Flower gave Agarkar his 99th wicket in One-day Internationals.
The teams: India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Hemang Badani, Vijay Dahiya, Sunil Joshi, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad and Reetinder Sodhi. 12th man: Shiv Sundar Das.
Zimbabwe: Heath Streak (captain), Guy Whittall, Alistair Campbell, Stuart Carlisle, Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Travis Friend, Douglas Marillier, Brian Murphy, Henry Olonga and Dirk Viljoen. 12th man: Gavin Rennie.