INDIA’S Kedar Jadhav blasted his highest score in Twenty20 internationals as they beat Zimbabwe by three runs in a tense finish to claim the three- match series 2-1
at the Harare Sports Club last Wednesday (22).
Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bowl first, re- stricting the tourists to138-6
in their 20 overs on a slow wicket as Jadhav(below) top-scored
with 58 from 42 balls.
But the hosts battled to keep up with the scoring rate and went into the final over, bowled by Barinder Sran (2-31),
needing 21 for victory.
When the first two balls of the over went for 12 runs a sensational victory looked on the cards, but Sran came back well and bowled Elton Chigumbura (16) off the last delivery of the innings to leave Zimbabwe agonisingly short of a series victory.
It was the first time on India’s six-match
limited overs tour that they batted first and, after starts for Lokesh Rahul (22) and Ambati Rayudu (20), Jad- hav provided the impetus the innings desperately needed as he blazed seven fours and a six.
India’s opening bowlers restricted the run-rate
well as Zimbabwe reached 59-2
at the halfway mark of their innings, with Sran going for just 14 in his first three overs and Dhawal Kulkarni ending with figures of 2-23.
Vusi Sibanda (28 from 23 balls) top scored for the host nation.