About the Match
India pulled off a superb 10-wicket victory over hosts Zimbabwe to draw level in the ongoing T20 series 1-1 and make a good comeback; they will now to continue with their winning momentum when they meet Zimbabwe for the 3rd and final T20 match to be played at Harare on 22nd June. The Indian fast-bowlers cleaned out the Zimbabwean batting line-up, getting them all-out for 99 runs, which the visitors easily achieved in 13 overs. In the first T20 match, Zimbabwe had outwitted the men in blue by 2 runs, defending a competitive total of 170 successfully. The series hangs in balance and whichever side can keep a cool head above its shoulders on Wednesday, will emerge victorious.
The top-order once again cracked under pressure and they were unable to build steady partnerships; however, this time around, even the middle-order batsmen like Chigumbura, Waller and Raza couldn’t hold their ground and they were all-out for a measly 99 runs. Peter Moor was the highest run-scorer with 31 off 32 but the bowlers had hardly any room to fight and against a determined Indian batting outfit, none of them found success in taking wickets and they lost the plot in 13 overs.
In the first match, it was Elton Chigumbura’s superb 54 off 26 that gave them the push to build a 170-run target against India, which the bowlers Muzarabani and Chibhabha, who took 2 wickets apiece, defended by a 2-run margin with help from Madziva and Tiripano. Batsmen like Hamilton Masakadza, Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza and other youngsters must focus on their strengths and try to set a huge total if batting first or avoid a nervous wreck if chasing.
Speedsters Tiripano, Madziva, Chibhabha and Muzarabani are in good form while Cremer and Raza bring depth to the attack; the batsmen must pull up their socks if they want to redeem themselves.
Barinder Sran on his international debut registered an amazing figure of 4-10 in the second T20 match against Zimbabwe to give India the required advantage; along with Bumrah’s 3-11, the Indian bowling unit restricted the hosts to a meagre 99 runs. Chahal and Kulkarni continued with their wicket-taking skills while batsmen Rahul and Mandeep Singh stuck their feet firmly to get the job done in 13 overs.
Rahul, who had scored a brilliant century on his ODI debut recently at the start of the tour, amassed 47 off 40 while Mandeep stabilized the innings scoring 52 off 40 to steer the team towards victory by 10 wickets. Rayudu, Pandey, Jadhav and Dhoni are also strong assets in the batting line-up, who can accelerate when needed to post challenging totals or chase with ease.
The bowling department has done exceptionally well with youngsters like Sran, Bumrah, Patel and Chahal providing quick breakthroughs when needed and also stifling the hosts in their run-flow. Overall, they are a balanced team with sufficient match-winners to bring glory yet again.
Zimbabwe had pulled off a surprise win against India in the first match and they need to do it again here; however, we feel that the visitors with their eye on the prize and the morale boost from their win on Monday are better placed to take the series 2-1.