India won the series by 2-1 over Zimbabwe after winning 3rd T20I by just 3 runs and Zimbabwe show good fight against India in T20 Series after white wash in the ODI series.
They even won first T20 against India and India not able to score 8 run in last over that shows the bowling strength of Zimbabwe as their coach Ntini said, they had good bowlers but their batsman has to take responsibilities.
In 3rd T20I Zimbabwe won the toss and elect to bowl first and it was first time that India bat first in both of the series and their bowler did well after sending both opener back in the hut and all are fallen cheaply but to Kedar Jadhav’s fifty and some good hand by Axar in the end India will reach to target of 138.
Chasing 139, Zimbabwe looked in control halfway through the chase but failed to bring home the victory thanks to two wickets each from Barinder Sran and Dhawal Kulkarni.
Although Zimbabwe lost both openers cheaply, Vusi Sibanda and Peter Moor steadied the ship and set the platform for the hosts. But once Sibanda fell, things started to unravel. As the target grew closer, the hosts became more nervy.
In the end, needing 21 runs from the last over and Barinder Sran bowling it, their chances looked slim. But a no ball and a free hit meant they had a chance but they ultimately fell four runs short of the target.
|India innings (20 overs maximum)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|KL Rahul||b Madziva||22||21||20||3||1||110.00|
|Mandeep Singh||c Maruma b Tiripano||4||14||6||0||0||66.66|
|AT Rayudu||c Chigumbura b Cremer||20||47||26||1||0||76.92|
|MK Pandey||run out (Chigumbura)||0||2||1||0||0||0.00|
|KM Jadhav||c Chigumbura b Tiripano||58||70||42||7||1||138.09|
|MS Dhoni*†||b Tiripano||9||19||13||1||0||69.23|
|AR Patel||not out||20||20||11||0||1||181.81|
|DS Kulkarni||not out||1||7||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 3)||4|
|Total||(6 wickets; 20 overs; 103 mins)||138||(6.90 runs per over)|
Did not batJJ Bumrah, BB Sran, YS Chahal
Fall of wickets 1-20 (Mandeep Singh, 3.1 ov), 2-27 (Rahul, 4.3 ov), 3-27 (Pandey, 4.4 ov), 4-76 (Rayudu, 12.5 ov), 5-93 (Dhoni, 16.2 ov), 6-122 (Jadhav, 18.6 ov)
|Zimbabwe innings (target: 139 runs from 20 overs)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|CJ Chibhabha||c Chahal b Sran||5||24||10||1||0||50.00|
|H Masakadza||lbw b Patel||15||39||21||2||0||71.42|
|V Sibanda||lbw b Kulkarni||28||30||23||5||0||121.73|
|PJ Moor||c Mandeep Singh b Chahal||26||17||21||0||3||123.80|
|MN Waller†||c Bumrah b Kulkarni||10||27||17||0||0||58.82|
|E Chigumbura||c Chahal b Sran||16||34||16||2||0||100.00|
|T Maruma||not out||23||19||13||1||2||176.92|
|Extras||(lb 8, w 3, nb 1)||12|
|Total||(6 wickets; 20 overs; 99 mins)||135||(6.75 runs per over)|
Did not batAG Cremer*, N Madziva, DT Tiripano, TL Chatara
Fall of wickets 1-17 (Chibhabha, 2.4 ov), 2-57 (Masakadza, 8.5 ov), 3-60 (Sibanda, 10.3 ov), 4-86 (Moor, 13.5 ov), 5-104 (Waller, 17.1 ov), 6-135 (Chigumbura, 19.6 ov)
|BB Sran||4||1||31||2||7.75||15||4||1||(1nb, 3w)|
For his maiden T20I fifty, Jadhav won the Man of the Match. While the Man of the series went to Barinder Sran. He says, after Mandeep Singh comes in as the translator and explains what he said: “I had the confidence because the runs were too much. Initial plan was something else but then I changed it after the first 2 balls didn’t go too well.”
Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer: “It was disappointing to not get across the line. But we fought, credit to India. We knew we had to compete because ODIs were a tough beating. I am happy the guys came together and nearly won it. It will be nice to get a few more games, we have a Test series coming up.”
Indian captain MS Dhoni said: “What happens in this format is the games get close. Zimbabwe batted, bowled and fielded well in this series, which is why it was a close series. As the format gets longer, it will be difficult for them to compete. They need more games to get better and better.
“I didn’t get a chance to bat but I felt it was the right way to play cricket – having opted to bat. Fast bowling is something you need a good pool for. We have 10-12 bowlers now who can play limited overs cricket. Gradually they will graduate to the Test level. Games like these will help them mature, and the fact that we lost the first T20I helped us get more out of the series.”