India clinched the 3-match T20I series against Zimbabwe after a thrilling 3 runs win in the 3rd and final T20I at Harare on Wednesday.
After winning the toss, Zimbabwe decided to bowl first. After a hard fight, India managed to score 138/6 in 20 overs. In reply, Zimbabwe scored 135/6 in 20 overs. India won the match by 3 runs.
With this win India won the T20I series by 2-1. It was also the last match of this tour.
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- This match was Indian limited over skipper MS Dhoni’s 324th (70 T20Is, 194 ODIs and 60 Tests) international match as a captain. Dhoni became jointly most no. of captain in the international cricket history along with former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting, who had also served as an international captain for 324 matches (17 T20Is, 230 ODIs and 77 Tests).
- This match was Zimbabwean cricketer Hamilton Masakadza’s 50th T20I match. Masakadza became first Zimbabwean cricketer to play 50 T20I matches.
- Indian batsman Kedar Jadhav scored 58 runs in this match after came to bat at no.5. It was the jointly second highest T20I score by an Indian batsman who came to bat at no.5 or lower than that (as a no.5 batsman, Yuvraj Singh also scored 58 runs against England at Durban on 19th September 2007). Yuvraj Singh is the leading scorer in this list with 77 runs against Australia at Rajkot on 10th October 2013 (as a no.5 batsman).
- In this match, India successfully defended 138 runs. It is India’s lowest successfully defended total in their T20I history. India’s previous lowest successfully defended total was 146/7 against Bangladesh at Bangalore on 23rd March 2016.
However, India also defended (not successfully) 141 runs against Pakistan at Durban on 14th September 2007 but it was a tie match.
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