After the clean sweep in ODI series, Zimbabwe clinched victory against India yesterday in a T20 match at Harare sports club on Saturday. Zimbabwe won by 2 runs in the 1st T20 match and took 1-0 lead in the T20 series. Let us see the India vs Zimbabwe match highlights in details.
MS Dhoni winning the toss elected to bowl first and Zimbabwe openers did well to get a good start. H Masakadza lost his wicket but scored 25(15). Bumrah took the first wicket. Chibhabha followed in the next couple of overs. Rishi Dhawan struck for India. Zimbabwe were 50-2 after 7 overs. After that M Waller and S Raza build up quick partnership of 47 runs in 33 balls. But after that couple of wickets fell and Zimbabwe were 98/4. Two new batsmen were at the crease. India looked in well control of the match.
But things changed that is why this game is called as ‘game of glorious uncertainity’. Zimbabwe scored 70 runs in the last 6 overs. Chigumbara gave a respectable total for his team of 170. He played a fantastic knock of 54 runs of 26 balls. Now it was upto the bowlers to stop strong Indian batting line up.
Zimbabwe got early break through. In form batsman KL Rahul lost his wicket at very first ball of the innings. Donaldo Tripano provided first wicket to Zimbabwe. Another in form batsman Rayudu came to the crease. He started off well. Mandeep and Rayudu were looking solid until Rayudu lost his wicket while playing a rash shot. After six overs India were 44/2. Another set batsman Mandeep Singh went back to pavilion. Chibhabha took the wicket. K Jadhav also followed Mandeep after scoring 19 runs in 13 balls. Now India looked under trouble and were 90/4 when Indian captain MS Dhoni came to bat.
Just when Zimbabwe were looking in strong position, Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni scored 53(29) runs together. Now the match was looking well under control of India. But again there came a twist and Manish Pandey lost his wicket. He made 48 runs. But MS was still there. Axar Patel came and he scored 18(9). When Axar Patel was gone India needed 7 of 4 balls. MS was still out there in middle. He is considered as one of the best finisher in the world. Neville Madziva was bowling the last over. He held his nerve. 4 runs were needed of last ball. MS was on strike. But Madziva pulled things back and gave away just one run.
After the hammering ODI series Zimbabwe got something to cheer and they celebrated it.
Elton Chigumbara was the man of the match.