Two days after they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe, India exacted revenge with a10-wicket
victory in the second Twenty20 international at Harare Sports Club to level the three-match
series at 1-1.
Zimbabwe’s batsmen had led the way in their tense two-run
win last Saturday (18), but on Monday (21) they were limited to 99 for nine as India seamers Barinder Sran and Jasprit Bumrah shared seven wickets.
Man of the match Sran took 4 for 10 to record the second-best
figures by a bowler on Twenty20 international debut, while Bumrah took 3 for 11.
In reply, India’s openers KL Rahul and Man- deep Singh took advantage of a couple of dropped catches to knock off the target in just 13.1 overs. Singh finished unbeaten on 52, while Rahul was 47 not out. This was India’s first 10- wicket win in this format.
Last Saturday, Zimbabwe rose from the ashes of an embarrassing one-day
series whitewash at the hands of India to shock the tourists in a thrilling Twenty20 international.
In a game that went right down to the final delivery, Elton Chigumbura’s unbeaten 54 ultimately made the difference as Zimbabwe took a 1-0
lead in the three-match
“It’s a levelling experience, by which I mean that you need to give a lot of respect to cricket ir- respective of the opposition,” captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
“You can’t play with your reputation – what’s important is how well you execute and I felt we were way off today in both the bowling department and in the batting.”
Zimbabwe’s batting had been dismal in the ODIs, when they failed to score more than 168, but on last week Chigumbura found form to spark fireworks at the end, hitting seven sixes in his 26- ball knock as they posted 170 for six.
innings represented a dra- matic turnaround after he had registered back-to-
back golden ducks in the final two ODIs, which Zimbabwe lost heavily.
“After what happened in the one-day
series, it was time to redeem ourselves,” said Chigumbura.
The series decider takes place at the same venue on Wednesday (23).