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India storm back into series with comprehensive 10-wicket win

Lokesh Rahul remained unbeaten on 47 in the chase.
Lokesh Rahul remained unbeaten on 47 in the chase.
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India 103-0 (Singh 52no) beat
Zimbabwe 99-9 (Moor 31) by 10 wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Harare

After a comprehensive bowling effort led by Barinder Sran’s four-wicket haul, the Indian openers chased down a target of 100 runs in just 13.1 overs and stormed back to level the series 1-1 with a comprehensive 10-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 International in Harare.

Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first. After hitting two fours in the first two overs Chamu Chibhabha (10) fell in the third over, caught down the ground off Sran (4-10).

In this second over, Sran struck three times to remove Hamilton Masakadza (10), Sikandar Raza (1) and Tinotenda Mutombodzi (0).

Malcolm Waller (14) was dropped in the next over as Zimbabwe were reduced to 35 for four in the powerplay.

Peter Moor (31) and Waller rescued Zimbabwe with a 29-run stand, taking the team to 52 for four at the halfway mark.

Yuzvendra Chahal (1-19) got among the wickets when he had Waller to chip a catch to Axar Patel (0-23) at extra cover.

Moor hit Patel for a six and a four in the 13th over but was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah (3-11) in the 15th. With five overs left, Zimbabwe’s score read 76 for six.

An over later, Zimbabwe sunk further as Bumrah breached the defences of Elton Chigumbura (8) and Neville Madziva (1).

India conceded just 18 runs in the last four overs and accounted for the wicket of Graeme Cremer (4) as Zimbabwe were restricted to 99 for nine.

Sran took four wickets and gave away just 10 runs in his four overs which is the second best bowling figures on debut in T20Is.

Zimbabwe began the defence of their total well by restricting India to 10 for naught in three overs.
Lokesh Rahul (47 not out) and Mandeep Singh (52 not out) batted with caution in the powerplay and took India to 28 for naught after six overs.

Singh was handed a reprieve in the eighth over when he was dropped at the boundary ropes and the ball went for a six, bringing up India’s fifty.

By the halfway mark, India needed just 26 more runs with 10 wickets in hand. Singh smashed a boundary each in the next three overs and completed his fifty while taking India to their maiden 10-wicket victory in T20Is.

This win helped India level the three-match series 1-1. Sran was the man of the match for his excellent spell.

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