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'How Much Ever Time You Spend in the Middle, it Makes You Feel Good': Sanju Samson

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Last Updated: August 21, 2022, 10:14 IST

Harare (Zimbabwe)

'How Much Ever Time You Spend in the Middle, it Makes You Feel Good': Sanju Samson

Sanju was elated to play a match-winning knock for India. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Sanju said spending time in the middle always makes him feel good

Sanju Samson on Saturday bagged the Player of the Match award as India defeated Zimbabwe by 5 wickets in the 2nd ODI in Harare to clinch the series 2-0. The wicketkeeper-batter walked out to bat at no. 6 after India had a troubled start in the chase of 162. The visitors were reduced to 97 for 4 in 14 overs while the likes of KL Rahul (1) and Ishan Kishan (6) couldn’t make notable contributions.

Sanju then joined forces with all-rounder Deepak Hooda and forged a 53-run stand that shifted the momentum in India’s favour. With one run required to win, the Kerala cricketer smashed a six over long-on to Innocent Kaia and sealed the game in style.

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The 27-year-old was elated to play a match-winning knock for India. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Sanju said spending time in the middle always makes him feel good.

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“How much ever time you spend in the middle, it makes you feel good. Even more special to do it for the country. I did take three catches, but I missed a stumping. Really enjoy keeping and batting. I think they (Indian bowlers) were bowling really good areas, a lot of balls came nicely to me," said Samson in a post-match conference.

India lost KL Rahul early for just one. Following this, Shikhar Dhawan (33) and Shubman Gill (33) rebuild the innings. A 42-run stand between these two was broken after Tanaka Chivanga trapped Dhawan. Ishan Kishan and Gill continued, forming a 36-run stand. Kishan (6) and Gill fell quickly to Luke Jongwe (2/33) and it gave India a scare. But a 56-run stand between Sanju Samson (43*) and Deepak Hooda (25) took Men in Blue home, though Hooda was dismissed just a few balls before the win.

With this win, India also take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, with Monday’s match becoming a dead rubber. The five-wicket victory also means that this was India’s 14th win on the trot over Zimbabwe in ODI cricket.

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first published:August 21, 2022, 10:14 IST
last updated:August 21, 2022, 10:14 IST