Zimbabwe beat India by 10 runs, draw two-match T20I series 1-1


After a tough ODI series where they endured a 3-0 whitewash, Zimbabwe have beaten India by 10 runs in the second and last T20I at Harare to draw the series 1-1.

After electing to bat first, Zimbabwe failed to capitalise on a good start provided by opener Chamu Chibhabha (67 off 51 balls). At one point, the hosts were cruising at 85/3 in 11.1 overs, well set for a total over 150.

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However, two crucial blows from Bhuvneshwar Kumar towards the end of the Zimbabwean innings ensured India restricted the hosts to 145/7 at the end of their allotted 20 overs. Bhuvneshwar ended with impressive figures of 2/26 in 4 overs.

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In reply, India got off to a flying start and were well poised to win the match after getting 57 off the first six mandatory powerplay overs.

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However, what followed was inspired bowling from legbreak bowler Graeme Cremer (3/18) as he removed both Murali Vijay (13) and Manish Pandey (0) in the same over after the powerplay.

Wickets kept tumbling for India and in the last over, they were left with a daunting task of scoring 19 more runs with just one more batsmen left waiting in the pavilion.

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In the end, India fell short by 10 runs, handing Zimbabwe a much-needed confidence-booster after a dismal series.

Chibhabha was awared Man of the Match for his knock of 67 at the top of the order.



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