India, after posting 178/5, defended the total with the spin duo of Harbhajan Singh (2/29) and Axar Patel (3/17) combined to pick up five of the total seven Zimbabwe wickets that fell and India managed a clinical 54-run win in the first T20I in Harare.
1946 hrs IST: India beat Zimbabwe by 54 runs in the first T20 international. A good performance by the Men in Blue. Axar Patel finishes with figures of 3/17 from four over.
1940 hrs IST: Last over coming up. Zimbabwe need 67 runs in six balls.
1935 hrs IST: Mohit castles Graeme Cremer and Zimbabwe are crumbling. They need 80 runs from the last 2 overs.
1915 hrs IST: Mohit with a brilliant one-hand-pick-up direct-hit and Zimbabwe lose their fifth wicket. This game pretty much India’s to lose now
1910 hrs IST: From 55/0, Zimbabwe have collapsed to 68/4 in no time. Both Indian spinners doing the damage
1902 hrs IST: Dear oh dear! Hosts falling like a pack of cards. Harbhajan with his second wicket. Gets rid of Coventry. Zimbabwe 68/4
1858 hrs IST: Axar with another one! Fires one straight to disturb Chigumbura’s woodwork. Zimbabwe three down in no time now. Some work to do for the hosts
1855 hrs IST: Masakadza follows his partner Chibhabha. Sweeps one straight to Jadhav at short-fine, off Axar Patel’s bowling. Two new batsmen at the crease now
1851 hrs IST: Much needed wicket! Chibhabha went straight, got the elevation but not the distance. Manish Pandey covers good ground to his left and completes the catch off Harbhajan’s bowling
1834 hrs IST: Zimbabwe playing with a fearless approach. Going for their shots
1823 hrs IST: Masakadza goes down on his knees and sweeps it for another maximum. Sandeep under pressure now
— Aditya Iyer (@WetMuttShake) July 17, 2015
1821 hrs IST: Welcome to international cricket. Sandeep’s first ball sails over the ropes off Chibhabha’s blade
1802 hrs IST: India post 178/5 against Zimbabwe. Mpofu returns with impressive figures of 3/33 while Uthappa top scores for India with a fluent 39
1757 hrs IST: Good day it has been for Mpofu. Picks his third wicket as Binny plays one straight to Cremer in the deep. India fritter away the momentum the openers gave
1750 hrs IST: Centurion from the last ODI, Kedar Jadhav plays a Mpofu’s delivery straight to Masakadza
1738 hrs IST: Manish Pandey, in an attempt to push the scoring, plays it to Sikandar Raza in the deep
1718 hrs IST: 0, W, 0, 0 , 0, 0 – top over from Cremer
1716 hrs IST: Rahane bites the dust. Spinner Cremer removes the India skipper for 33
1704 hrs IST: Direct hit and Vijay fails to make ground. Out for 34, India lose their first wicket after a fluent 64-run stand
1656 hrs IST: Fifty up for India in the 6th over. Both Vijay and Rahane looking very fluent in the middle
1647 hrs IST: Meanwhile, back in India
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 17, 2015
1635 hrs IST: A little Throwback Friday
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 17, 2015
1634 hrs IST: Tight start! Just three coming from the first over
1630 hrs IST: The teams are out in the middle. Utseya with the new ball for Zimbabwe. Rahane and Vijay to open the innings for India
1607 hrs IST: Sandeep Sharma will make his India debut today
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 17, 2015
1600 hrs IST: Rahane finally wins a toss on the tour and he has elected to bat in the Harare T20I. The Indian skipper feels it’s a very dry wicket
1551 hrs IST: This looks like a very good strip for batting. No moisture, very dry and has plenty of cracks. Win the toss and bat first
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The build up
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane has looked the part in the ODIs and promises to continue in same vein in the T20s.
Memory, I assure him, is a double edged sword. Because for the matches he’s remembered for, absolutely nobody else is.
After completing his ton, Jadhav dropped his bat and held his fists by his waist, like clutching an imaginary belt, and pulled off a little jig.