The Latest News from Australian Cricket. After losing the first T20 match by two runs, the young India will try to bounce back in the second T20, to take revenge with the host Zimbabwe in the second T20 match on Monday.
India whitewashed the three-match ODI series but lost the first T20 game. Zimbabwe put up a difficult target of 170 on the big ground of Harare Sports Club thanks to Indian bowlers because the African batsman who were not able to score 150 in 50 overs except once but crossed the same mark in T20.
India will try to bounce back in the second T20
Forget the bowlers but the Indian batsman was sort of scoring two runs and could not save the team from this disappointing loss. Enjoy the Most Seen Game in Cricket In the ODI series, Indian middle order could not have tested since the openers always took the team to the win.
In the first T20, India made two changes in the squad which proved to be the main reason for defeat. Rishi Dhawan and JaydevUnadkat was given the chance since they had not played any match of ODI series. Dhaval Kulkarni who have not let the African to settle in the series was given the rest.
Both new players Rishi and Unadkat gave the half runs of the total. They were inexperienced and couldn’t hold the nerves during the death overs resultantly went for too many runs.
Zimbabwe also deserves the appreciation since they came back after a total wipe out in the ODIs. The African batsman bagged the opportunity since two new bowlers in the opposition. Despite having experience of bowling in Indian Premier League, Zimbabwe batsman scored 84 runs off last five overs. Elton Chigumbura, who also played some good innings in ODI, smashed an unbeaten 54 from 26 balls.
The bad shot selection of Indian batsman cost their wickets early even the ‘man of the series’ KL Rahul was bowled out on the first ball of the match. Manish Pandey, who made 48, was the most successful batsman for India in the match and India would have won the match if he was not dismissed in the 18th over.
The bowlers bowled well too and restricted them to cross the line
India needed eight runs off the final over who could have thought that a chase master like MS Dhoni could not score the needed runs as Zimbabwe recorded their second consecutive win against India. 24-year-old pacer Neville Madziva stopped Dhoni and co from getting eight runs in the final over. Madziva got appreciation from Dhoni which raised more questions on his finishing skills
Rishi Dhawan made his T20 International debut but was unimpressive with the bowl. JaydevUnadkat was also playing their first game and inconsistent with his line and length.
It looks pretty impossible for both of them to again lead the bowling attack after the disastrous bowling against the Top 10 team. BarinderSran and Dhawal Kulkarni likely to come back to the bowl with the new ball.
Leggie YuzvendraChahal, who impressed in ODIs, went for runs in the last match and he would be aiming to bounce back strongly.
Ahead of the must-win game, Indian skipper MS Dhoni has asked the players to learn from the mistakes and not repeat the same mistakes in upcoming matches. He will be hoping to win the second T20I to keep the series alive.
Expected starting XI: India: MS Dhoni (C), Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Yuzvendra Chahal., BarinderSran,
Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (C), Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Malcolm Waller, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Elton Chigumbura, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Taurai Muzarabani.