India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20: How the Players fared in the thrilling encounter

India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20: How the Players fared in the thrilling encounter

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

India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20: How the Players fared in the thrilling encounter
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

With Jadhav.

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.



The French just got what they wished for. Both Switzerland and France got what their hearts wanted and desired earnestly. The match on Sunday ended with a 0-0 draw but the French coach is still thinking about the best formula to apply on the players of his team. Their performance was satisfactory but still not the best. Didier Delchamps is still trying to fetch and fit the most probable equation to bring the best out of his team players. Despite ending up on the position they wanted in Euro 2016, the French coach still has high expectations from his team. He made five changes for the Sunday’s match which allowed France to win in their group.


France showed their potential against Albania in the second half and against Switzerland in the first half. They have plenty of talent up front but they are yet to deliver a full match performance, hinting that they could trouble the big shots of football as well. By far they have only defeated one of the weakest teams in the tournament. It still remains to be seen that how their back four, which is perhaps their weakest point, holds against the stronger contenders.


Is he an ideal coach? What do you think

Deschamps, who is a sharp tactician, shocked many observants when he left Paul Pogba, the midfielder, and Antoine Griezmann, the most dangerous French striker, on the bench for the first half against Albania. Later on, the French team was struggling on the field with its 4-3-2-1 formation. As a display of his keen insight, Deschamp then rolled out Pogba and Greizmann on the field and reverted to a 4-3-3 formation which ultimately managed to break through Albania’s defense. This tactic was not the only surprise delivered by Deschamps. There was another surprise element to the match. Payet, whose goaling skills were instrumental in first two wins of France, started on the bench. His spot in starting 11 was occupied by Kingsley Coman.

Deschamps might have been proud of his team with their display against Switzerland. For example- Pogba, who managed to cover the entire field in first half against Albania, showed his class at the end of the game after subdued displays in first two outings. Was this not in tandem with the rule “Show your weakest side to your opponent so that he sizes you up as a weak opponent. After this trap has been set, deceive him with classy tactics.” With Pogba following this mantra and more of the same from Payet’s side, France was able to  step up a gear in the knockout stage. The 4-3-3 formation was working perfectly in their favor.

Laurent and Adil Rami, who also showed their nerves in the warm up games and in the match against Romania, are also now looking safer. The defense is less worrisome for coach Deschamps even if the left back Patrice Evra is looking his age and might be the main target of the opponents to come. France will now face one of the third placed team from either Group C, D or E. The upcoming match will be played in Lyon on Sunday.

This  coach of the French team  has all the right  reasons to be proud of his team. We must not forget that it was under Deschamps’ guidance that France got its victory at World Cup, 1998 and at the European Championship, 2000. He has a reputation of a magician who can turn anything into gold with his touch. He still has a lot more to achieve. He is still not at his dream destination. Yet his moves suggest that he is in the right direction.

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