India defeated Zimbabwe in the 3rd T20 by just 3 runs to clinch the series 2-1. It was an exciting clash as India scored 138. Zimbabwe needed 21 off the last over, but could not cross over the line. Here are five turning points of the 3rd T20.
- Early wickets putting pressure on Indian batsmen
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field. Their opening bowlers Donald Tiripano and Madizva put pressure on the Indian team. Mandeep Singh and KL Rahul put on 20 for the first wicket before 3 wickets fell in quick succession to leave the Indian team in a tricky position at 27 for 3. Mandeep Singh scored 4, while Manish Pandey did not open his account. KL Rahul was dismissed for 22.
2. Kedar Jadhav match winning knock
Kedar Jadhav came at the crease when India was struggling 27 for 3 in 5th over. Kedar Jadhav played attacking strokes and put pressure on Zimbabwe bowlers. Rayadu also played some good strokes. At end of 16th over India were struggling at 93 for 5. Kedar hit 14 runs off the 18th over. He completed his half century in that over. Jadhav was dismissed in the 19th over for 58 off 42. India won the match and was named the man of the match.
3. Axar Patel all round contribution
Axar Patel played a key role for India in today’s win. He came to the crease in the 17th over. He took singles and doubles. In the last over he smashed a six. His quick fire knock of 20 off 8 balls helped India to reach a competitve total of 138. While bowling he did not give too many runs and picked the important wicket of Masakadza. In his four over’s he gave away only 18 runs and picked 1 wicket.
4. Partnership between Sibanda and Masakadza
Chasing a target of 139 runs, Zimbabwe lost an early wicket of Chibhabha at the score of 17. Sibanda looked in great touch spanking Dhawal Kulkarni for 3 fours in the 4th over which put pressure on Indian bowlers. Masakadza also looked rusty with his stroke play. He spanked 2 boundaries. Both of them put on 40 runs in 6.1 overs before Masakadza was dismissed by Axar Patel.
5. Excllent 18th over by Dhawal Kulkarni
Dhawal Kulkarni went for 18 runs in his first over. He picked the important wicket of Sibanda which stopped the run flow of Zimbabwe batting team. He was brought in the 18th over when Zimbabwe required 35 off 18 balls. Kulkarni picked the wicket of Waller on the first ball. After that he gave away only 3 runs which titled the match in favor of India. He gave away 23 runs and picked 2 wickets.