India beat Zimbabwe by three runs, seal T20I series 2-1

India beat Zimbabwe by three runs in the third and final T20I, seal the series 2-1 in Harare on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 22, 2016 8:05:34 pm
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Chasing India’s 138/6, Zimbabwe fall short of the target by three runs in Harare on Wednesday. The hosts were off to a positive start but another mid-innings collapse pushed them back in the chase. Maruma injected some life into the proceedings with a lively hand but it wasn’t enough as Barinder Sran, after a poor start to the 20th over, recovered well to defend 21 runs.

Scorecard: India vs Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I

AS IT HAPPENED

1956 hrs IST: India beat Zimbabwe by three runs in Harare thriller to seal T20I series 2-1

1953 hrs IST: FOUR from Chigumbura and we are down to four off the last ball

1952 hrs IST: Good reply by Sran. Two dot balls. Zimbabwe now need 9 from 3 balls

1951 hrs IST: No-ball, and Sran concedes a boundary. Maruma moves to 22 off 11. Zimbabwe need 9 off 5

1950 hrs IST: Sran bowls a wide now. Pressure on the seamer. Zimbabwe need 14 from 5

1948 hrs IST: SIX! Maruma starts the 20th with a maximum. Zimbabwe need 15 from 5 now

1945 hrs IST: One over to play. Zimbabwe need 21 runs to win the match, series

1942 hrs IST: SIX! Maruma swings and connects. Zimbabwe need 22 from 8 balls now

1941 hrs IST: 11 balls, Zimbabwe need 31 runs. Chigumbura still in the middle for the hosts

1935 hrs IST: WICKET! Waller looks to clear Bumrah at short third-man but fails…Kulkarni with a crucial scalp. Zimbabwe 104/5

1932 hrs IST: 100 up for Zimbabwe in the 17th but it’s getting difficult for them now. Bumrah, as expected, is spot on in the death overs

1930 hrs IST: Axar keeps it tight in the 16th, concedes only six. Zimbabwe 97/4. Need 42 off 24 balls

1929 hrs IST: Chigumbura holds key for Zimbabwe now. He has Waller for company

1927 hrs IST: Chahal on the expensive side today. Ends his spell with figures of 1/32. Was hit for three sixes in his four overs

1926 hrs IST: The match now is heading towards an exciting finish. Zimbabwe need another 48 runs from 31 balls

1923 hrs IST: WICKET! Chahal gets his man and Moor hits one to Mandeep Singh. Zimbabwe lose their fourth wicket

1911 hrs IST: SIX! Chahal dishes it short and releases pressure as Waller hits it all the way for a maximum

1907 hrs IST: WICKET! Kulkarni returns for the second spell and scalps Sibanda, who is out LBW. Zimbabwe 60/3

1905 hrs IST: At the half-way mark, Zimbabwe are 59/2. Moor and Sibanda in the middle for the hosts

1902 hrs IST: WICKET! Masakadza sweeps, misses and is trapped in front by Axar. Zimbabwe 57/2

1858 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Zimbabwe in the eighth over of the innings

1856 hrs IST: Chahal starts with a poor delivery and Sibanda puts it away in fine fashion

1852 hrs IST: Bumrah concedes only two from his first. Zimbabwe 40/1 after six overs

1850 hrs IST: Dhoni went up, so did Bumrah; umpire wasn’t interested. Masakadza stood his ground, he too wasn’t sure

1849 hrs IST: Bumrah to bowl the last over of the powerplay. India need wickets from their strike bowler

1842 hrs IST: 4 4 4: Sibanda punishing Kulkarni in the middle. Zimbabwe move to 31/1 in the fourth over

1840 hrs IST: Sibanda hits Kulkarni for consecutive boundaries. Zimbabwe are looking very positive in the chase

1837 hrs IST: WICKET! Chibhabha hits the Sran delivery straight to Chahal who takes a brilliant catch. 17/1

1831 hrs IST: FOUR! Another boundary but that’s a leg-bye so runs would be added in the extras tally

1825 hrs IST: FOUR! Chibhabha totally miss times that one but still gets a boundary

1807 hrs IST: India post 138/6 against Zimbabwe in Harare. (Jadhav 58, Tiripano 3/20)

1804 hrs IST: SIX! Axar clears the ropes and scores crucial runs in the process

1800 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadhav throws it away. Tiripano picks his third wicket. India 122/6

1754 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries, and FIFTY for Jadhav. India 111/5 after 18 overs

1751 hrs IST: SIX! Jadhav brings up the 100 for India with a maximum, he moves into the 40s with that hit

1750 hrs IST: Three overs to go and India are still five shy of the 100-run mark

1746 hrs IST: Dhoni hurts himself as the bail hits his eye….The skipper walks back. India 93/5

1744 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni with the wild slog and drags it back on to his stumps. Tiripano scalps the big fish

1740 hrs IST: Jadhav collides with the bowler on the second run, and hurt his shoulder in the process. Receiving treatment now

1735 hrs IST: We are into the last five overs now. India 87/4. Jadhav and Dhoni in the middle

1730 hrs IST: MS Dhoni is the new man in. India can’t afford to lose another wicket. Not much batting to follow after this

1728 hrs IST: WICKET! Rayudu goes big but finds the fielder in the deep. Cremer strikes for Zimbabwe. 76/4

1720 hrs IST: Rayudu and Jadhav steady the ship for India. Both move into the 20s

1715 hrs IST: At the half-way mark, India are 53/3. Jadhav and Rayudu in the middle

1713 hrs IST: DROPPED! Jadhav makes room, hits one straight to Masakadza who makes a mess

1712 hrs IST: Jadhav sweeps and manages to clear the short fine-leg fielder for the second boundary of the over. India 49/3 after nine overs

1710 hrs IST: Jadhav guides one to the ropes, takes India’s total into the 40s

1706 hrs IST: Rayudu goes for the tight single and weak throw meant he had no trouble making his ground before the ball dislodged the bails

1700 hrs IST: Captain Cremer keeps it tight in his first over, concedes only five. India 34/3

1657 hrs IST: End of the powerplay! India 29/3 after six overs. Rayudu and Jadhav in the middle for the visitors

1653 hrs IST: Chibhabha into the attack for the last over of the powerplay and he creates an opportunity first ball. Jadhav pushes at his delivery and the outside edge is just out of Masakadza’s reach

1650 hrs IST: Zimbabwe off to a perfect start with the ball as they manage to pick three India wickets inside the powerplay

1648 hrs IST: WICKET! Pandey is run-out for a golden duck. India in a spot of bother at 27/3

1645 hrs IST: WICKET! Madziva strikes early in his spell as he gets rid of KL Rahul who is out bowled for 22. India 27/2

1643 hrs IST: First change! Madziva into the attack for Zimbabwe. He replaces Chatara who is off after two overs

1641 hrs IST: Ambati Rayudu is the new man in for India. He joins Rahul in the middle

1640 hrs IST: WICKET! Mandeep miscues Tiripano delivery and Maruma takes a well-judged catch. India 20/1

1637 hrs IST: Rahul finds his flow as he drives one to the ropes for another boundary

1636 hrs IST: SIX! Rahul goes straight now, and it goes the distance. Picked the slower-one early there

1634 hrs IST: Rahul drives one on the up for his first boundary. Not in complete control, but gets a FOUR!

1628 hrs IST: Six dots! Chatara starts with a maiden. India 0/0

1627 hrs IST: Rahul has played three good shots, all off the middle, but all have gone to the fielders

1625 hrs IST: And, Rahul loses his bat. The ball from Chatara kept low and the opener lost his grip

1620 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh walk out to the middle. Zimbabwe in a huddle as we approach the first ball of the final match of the tour

1604 hrs IST: The teamsheets are out. Here’s a look at the two XIs

ZIM XI: C Chibhabha, H Masakadza, P Moor, V Sibanda, T Maruma, M Waller, E Chigumbura, G Cremer, N Madziva, D Tiripano, T Chatara

IND XI: L Rahul, M Singh, A Rayudu, M Pandey, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, A Patel, D Kulkarni, J Bumrah, B Sran, Y Chahal

1602 hrs IST: MS Dhoni happy with the outcome as he was looking to bat first with this unchanged unit

1601 hrs IST: TOSS! Zimbabwe win toss, and they have elected to bowl first – something they haven’t done in the series so far

1600 hrs IST: The pitch is nice and hard. Some cracks but not wide enough to be an area of concern. Team winning the toss would bat first

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