Review: India vs Zimbabwe 2nd T-20, Harare

After a close finish in the first match, Zimbabwe failed to replicate their performance in the second match. India thrashed them by 10 wickets in a low scoring encounter. The match had some brilliant individual performances from Indian players. Lets have a look at the short review of this match.

Zimbabwe 99/10 in 20 overs (Moor 31, Waller 14, Tiripano 11, Saran 4/10) lost to India 103/0 in 13.1 overs (Mandeep 52, Rahul 47, Tiripano 0/11) by 10 wickets

The second match of T-20 series was expected to be a close game with some good cricket. Zimbabwe came into the game with some confidence as they prevented India from scoring 8 runs in last over to win the previous game. They were expected to put up another great show but the opposite happened. India thrashed them in a one sided game. Debutant Barinder Saran was the chief architect of India's victory as he registered second best figures on a T-20 International debut.

Review of the match

On a track which was used for the third time in this series (including the ODI series), it was expected to help the team which would bat first as it was expected a deteriorate a bit later. The Zimbabwe captain himself noted that 170 was the par score on the track. Creamer won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first. Zimbabwe failed to get a good start as Chibhabha was caught brilliantly at mid on by Ambati Rayudu of a brilliant change up delivery by Saran. The worse was still waiting for Zimbabwe. Saran struck thrice in 5th over as he dismissed Masakadza on the second delivery which swung back to take of the middle stump. Raza was caught brilliantly on gully by Rahul of the fifth ball for 1 and Mutombodzi followed him next ball as he tried to flick and was given LBW by Russel Tiffin. Replays showed that the ball pitched outside leg stumps line and was missing the stumps as well. Waller was dropped in next over at point by Manish Pandey of Kulkarni when he slashed a short ball which he could have easily put away anywhere. The brief resistance got over when Waller was caught at extra cover by Axar Patel of Chahal. Bumrah removed Moor who was trying to slog everything for most part of his inning on a well disguised slower ball and Zimbabwe were 6 down for 75 in 15th over. Elton Chigumbura missed a ball which came back sharply as he was trying to run it down to the third man. The lower order somehow managed to play 20 overs but another failure from Zimbabwe batsmen meant that they had another small total to defend. They managed only 99 runs for the loss of 9 wickets on the same track where they scored 170 in the previous match.

With a batting lineup that has done brilliant job so far on the tour, 100 was going to be an easy total specially looking at the pitch and conditions. The pitch was still good for batting apart from a bit of movement from fast bowlers. Mandeep Singh and KL Rahul added 37 in the powerplays. Mandeep got a life in 5th over when he top edged a ball which landed between Waller and Muzarabani as a result of no communication. Rahul on the other hand looked solid and played some beautiful shots through off side. Mandeep was dropped again at deep mid wicket when he pulled a short ball from Chibhabha but Muzarabani let it go through his reverse cup. Rahul and Mandeep added 50 in just 7.4 overs and they were not in the mood to leave the chase halfway. Both the batsmen were going head to before Mandeep smashed a boundary on first ball of 14th over to take India home by 10 wickets (India's first victory by 10 wickets in a T-20 match) and he completed his maiden T-20 fifty in the process as well. Rahul on the other hand went not out on 47 of 40 balls. Barinder Saran was named man of the match for his effort of 4 for 10 in 4 overs. Zimbabwe captain Gareme Creamer was disappointed with his batsmen while Indian captain M.D.Dhoni louded the effort of his bowlers and fielders.

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