The Indian youth brigade struggled, but won the thrilling encounter defeating Zimbabwe and in the process clinched the series 2-1. The Indian team was criticized for their lackluster performance in the opening match but came back strong after that by winning back to back matches. The second match was a one sided encounter but it was a completely different story in the last match where the game went to the last ball and India won it when Yuzvendra Chahal clinched the catch of the Zimbabwe skipper India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20: How the Players fared in the thrilling encounter. The Indian team was not convincing though and showed some lackluster performance, but were lucky enough to come victorious after the end of 40 over’s.
India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20: How the Players fared in the thrilling encounter
Zimbabwe won the toss and invited the Indian team to bat, which soon turned out to be a good decision when Indian team lost their three wickets quickly and had the least number of run scored ever by India in the power play. In stepped Kedar Jadhav a guy from which nothing much was expected but turned into an unlikely hero for the Indian team with his superb knock of 58 which took India to a challenging total of 138. Zimbabwe came up with a solid start, but the middle order collapsed in quick succession that resulted in the last over action where Zimbabwe wanted 21 runs to win. Barinder saran came in to bowl it and the Zimbabwe team smashed 17 runs from the 5 balls that made the match nervy again, but Chigumbura couldn’t produce anything special from the last ball as the ball went straight into the safe hands of Chahal who clinched it with ease which officially made India the winner of the series. This win marked the end of a successful ODI and T20 tour in Zimbabwe, where the India tested their bench strength which didn’t disappoint and performed well. Here are the ratings from the last match play
India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20
KL Rahul – 6
Started his inning with promise and patience, but soon faded trying to experiment a shot a lot different from his style.
Mandeep Singh – 5
The lad played brilliantly in the last two matches, but was poor in the final T20 where he gifted his wicket quite early in the game.
Ambati Raydu – 6
The Mumbai Indian batsmen tried to anchor the inning and were successful too, but soon fall prey while trying to increase the run rate.
Manish Pandey – 4
When India lost wicket early in the match, all eyes were on Pandey to play the role of savior but was very careless with his wicket.
Kedar Jadhav – 9
Superb knock by the unlikely hero of the last match, anchored the inning just when he was needed that too with a decent strike rate.
MS Dhoni – 4
The Indian skipper was not up to his usual self as he gifted his wicket quite early where he should have built the inning
Axar Patel – 8
The all rounder had achieved his career best ranking just before the match and performed brilliantly with both bat and ball making 20 runs and taking a wicket with a steady average.
Dhawal Kulkarni – 8
Kulkarni was good at his usual self by picking up two wickets and conceding 23 runs only that marked a good day for him.
Jasprit Bumrah – 7
Bowled in the death over and did the job that was assigned to him with his accurate line and length, but was unlucky not to pick up any wicket.
Barinder Saran – 7
Had a brilliant performance in the last match, but this one was ordinary and even went on to concede 17 runs in the final over.
Yuzvendra Chahal – 5
Poor performance by the leg spinner as he conceded at a rate of 8 in a low scoring match has talent with him but is inconsistent.