For India it was an easy Zimbabwe tour, first registered three nil victory over the host, then won the first t20 on Friday by 54 runs. Zimbabwe who has shown some fighting spirit, but squandered some precise opportunity two hunt down India. The series will conclude today (Sunday) at the Harare Sports Club. Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane will like to return home with all win record.
Harbhajan Singh, who donned the India colour after four years, was instrumental in India’s victory in the 1st t20. Stuart Binny also showed his all-round skills. His 77 runs innings in the first ODI helped India recover from paltry 87 for 5. Along with him Bhuvneshwar Kumar also got his form back.
But, Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary are worst performer as they failed to justify their selection in the Indian team. Manoj Tiwary, who complained that he did not enough opportunity to prove himself, expected that will never complain. Robin Uthappa, who was performing well in the domestic tournament, was sluggish and scratchy.
Among the debutant players 25 year old Manish Pandey looked promising. Zimbabwe will try to end the series with a win while India will not like to concede the chance of all win record. So, it is expected that the match will be competitive one.
Pride, opportunity and a lot more to play for in the second T20 International at Harare on Sunday as the India tour of Zimbabwe comes to an end.
India’s probable playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma.
Zimbabwe Squad: Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.