India pockets the Series after an exciting victory, Indeed a brave effort was put up by the Zimbabweans but it wasn’t enough for them to win the third match of their first T20 International series. With this loss of Zimbabwe, India claimed the series with an overall 2 – 1 victory against the team. Zimbabwe team still have quite a few matches coming their way in the near future while the Indian team travels to West Indies for a 4-test series due in July.
India pockets the Series after an exciting victory
Kedar Jadhav became the Man of the Match for his brilliant 58 (his first half-century) of 42 balls. His stupefying score took India to 138 which was indeed a moderate score but eventually turned out to be more than just enough. Also, the last over proved out to be quite costly with a yield of 16 runs. The second highest scorer was Rahul making 22 of 20 balls.
In bowling figures, Kulkarni took two valuable wickets by giving 23 runs. He took out Sibanda while Axar removed Masakadza. Barinder was second most economical by taking 2 wickets as well at the cost of 31. Chahal proved out to the most expensive of them all giving 32 runs of his four overs. Sran literally gave away his wicket in the final over. The Indian bowlers made an extreme bounce variation on the pitch, thus restricting the batting side and kept them second guessing.
India pockets the Series after an exciting victory in cricket
The hosts began with a quick start, which was accelerated and spurred on by the chantings of the supporters in crowd. Sibanda along with Masakadza was able to establish a strong partnership of 40-run runs for the second wicket, although they were literally racking in the runs in spurts. There, however came a moment during the match when victory for Zimbabwe didn’t seem so farfetched and they took on a war-patch destroying each move of the Indian bowlers. However their dismissal brought India back in game.
On the Zimbabwean side, middle order proved out to be an average support. Waller, Moor and Chigumbura, each tried to hold the fort to their best but failed miserably as a consequence of the pressure of the run chase they had to face. They needed 21 of the last over, but the impatient Chigumbura and Maruma made a fist of it, and with the help of Sran, India not only pocketed the match, but also wrote the series in their name.
Triumphant Indian captain, MS Dhoni said after the match that games in such format are often stretched till the very end. Praising Zimbabwe’s effort, he admits it was indeed a close win and that Zimbabwe still requires a more experienced team to have a bright future. Showing his discontent over not being able to bat the entire series, Dhoni is extremely pleased with the outcome. Expressing his content over the bowling side, it seems there is still a demand for seam players. He further added on saying that the bowlers indeed are prepared to face the test formats as well as the shorter formats. In his belief, such close cut matches provide players with ample of experience.
The Zimbabwean skipper, Graeme Crème credited India with a stupendous performance along with his happiness over his team’s performance. He expressed his pleasure over the fact how close his team was to winning and how beautifully the team performed in their victorious T20I match. He said he was looking forward to play a lot many games of each genre so as to enhance his team’s abilities furthermore.
Man of the series, Barinder Sran expressed his confidence over his ability for overcoming the 20 runs needed in their last over. However for him, things didn’t proceed accordingly which required him to change his plans.