Review: India Vs Zimbabwe 1st T-20, Harare

India took on Zimbabwe in first T-20 match of the bilateral series between two nations on Harare sports club on 18th June 2016. After a match full of entertainment, Zimbabwe edged past India to win it by 2 runs. Lets have a look at brief review of the match.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 170/6 in 20 overs (Chigumbura 54, Waller 30, Masakadza 25, Bumrah 2/24) defeated India 168/6 in 20 overs (Manish 48, Mandeep 31, Jadhav 19, Chibhabha 2/13) by 2 runs.

After three one sided matches in one day series, Zimbabwe gathered themselves together to pull of a heist and defeated India in a last over thriller. M.S.Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first as the captain thought the wicket will get only better in the second inning. Five Indian players (KL Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, Rishi Dhawan, Mandeep Singh and Yazuvendra Chahal) made their T-20 International debut in the match.

Review of the match

Opening the inning, Carlton Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza gave steady start to Zimbabwe. They added 33 runs in 4.3 overs before Bumrah got Hamilton out who was caught by Dhoni. Richmond Mutumbani was retired hurt in the very next over when he was struck by a Unadkat delivery that curled back onto him sharply after pitching. Rishi Dhawan soon got rid of Chibhabha and Zimbabwe were struggling on 50 for 2 (Virtually three). Sikandar Raza and Malcom Waller added 47 runs to revive Zimbabwe from a possible collapse. Zimbabwe were 111 in 15 overs and they needed some late surge to put on a competitive total, Chigumbura was the man in charge. Chigumbura played some brutual shots and cleared boundaries with ease. He struck 7 sixes and just 1 four in his inning of 56 of just 26 balls. Unadkat who bowled brilliantly in his first spell, went for 21 runs in his last over. Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant in his first three overs as well before Chigumbura gave him some beating in the last over. Axar Patel was economical in his 4 overs as he gave away just 18 runs and picked up a wicket. At the end of the inning, Zimbabwe had 170 on the board which is highest for them across both the series so far.

Going by history, 170 was a big total on this track. Two debutant openers were out in the middle to chase it. KL Rahul who scored a ton on ODI debut, got out for a golden duck on T-20I debut as he played onto his stumps to a straight ball. Ambati Ryudu along with another debutant Mandeep Singh, added 44 runs for the third wicket before he was bowled by Chibhabha while he was trying to whack one across the line. Mandeep followed him soon after as he was caught brilliantly by Mutumbodzi at long off and left India struggling at 53 for three with 118 more runs still to get. Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav started the rebuilding work. They were going steadily before Jadhav lost his cool and tried to slog across the line as he chopped it onto his stumps. Captain M.S.Dhoni came in and there were 90 runs on the board with 81 still to get. Pandey and Dhoni steadily started marching towards the target and just when the target was getting easier, Pandey skied a catch to Tiripano of Muzarabani. Axar Patel arrived and smashed a huge six in the second ball he faced. India required 21 from last two overs. With M.S.Dhoni out there, it looked like that it was going to be in India's favour. Tiripano bowled an eventful 19th over. He bowled well to keep Dhoni away from strike but Axar manged to sneak in a boundary on third ball. The next two balls produced two runs and the equation was 14 from 7. Axar smashed last ball over the head of Tiripano to bring that down to 8 of the last over. Dhoni took a single on the first ball and Axar smashed one straight to the mid on and the match was alive again. Madziva bowled a good yorker outside off stump and Dhoni only managed to sneak in a single. Rishi Dhwan, the new batsman looked nervous as he tried to go for a lap sweep on two consecutive balls but he missed both but the second one of them was called a wide. Equation came down to 5 of two balls. Rishi somehow got Dhoni on strike for the last ball but he missed a wide low full toss as he could only hit it down to the third man for a single and Zimbabwe, finally gave their fans something to cheer for as they sneaked home by 2 runs.

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