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Zimbabwe stun India by two runs to go 1-0 up

Zimbabwe stun India by two runs to go 1-0 up
Elton Chigumbura scored an unbeaten 54 off just 26 deliveries for Zimbabwe.
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Zimbabwe 170-6 (Chigumbura 54no) beat
India 168-6 (Pandey 48) by two runs
First Twenty20 International in Harare

Riding on an excellent half-century from Elton Chigumbura and a clinical death bowling display, Zimbabwe managed to outsmart India by two runs in the first Twenty20 International in Harare.India won the toss and opted to field first.

Following a tight first over, Hamilton Masakadza (25) got the chase going with a six and a four in the second over.

Masakadza followed it up with two sixes in the fourth over but was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (2-24) in the fifth.

In the next over, Richmond Mutumbami (0) was struck near his right hip by the ball and had to be helped off the field. By the end of the powerplay, Zimbabwe reached 41 for one.

Chamu Chibhabha (20) played onto his stumps in the seventh over but Sikandar Raza (20) and Malcolm Waller (30) took Zimbabwe to 72 for two at the halfway mark.

Waller, who was dropped in his very first ball, was finally dismissed in the 13th over, castled by Yuzvendra Chahal (1-38).

Zimbabwe lost their way further with Raza and Tinotenda Mutombodzi (3) falling in the space of three overs, leaving their side reeling at 115 for five after 16 overs.

Chigumbura (54 not out) began his onslaught with two sixes in the 17th over. India struck with the wicket of Graeme Cremer (4) in the 18th.

The 19th over saw Chigumbura hit a four and two sixes while a total of 21 runs came off it. With two more sixes, Chigumbura completed his fifty and took Zimbabwe to a total of 170 for six by the end of 20 overs.

India lost Lokesh Rahul (0) in the very first ball, as Donald Tiripano (1-35) breached his defences.
Ambati Rayudu (19) hit two fours to end an action packed first over. Rayudu and Mandeep Singh (31) added a brief stand of 44-runs in 5.4 overs.

However, Chibhabha (2-13) levelled the scales by dismissing both the batsmen in his first two overs. At the halfway mark, India needed 102 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Kedar Jadhav (19) impressed for a short while with a six and a four but Taurai Muzarabani (2-31) induced an edge which clattered the stumps.

Manish Pandey (48), who played a calm knock until then, smashed two sixes in the 14th over as India reached 118 for four in 15 overs.

12 runs came from the 16th over, but Muzarabani brought Zimbabwe back in the game with the wicket of Pandey, leaving the visitors to get 21 runs from the final two overs.

Axar Patel (18), who began with a six in his second ball, helped India score 13 runs from the 19th over.

With eight runs to defend from the final over, Neville Madziva (1-34) removed Patel and gave away just five runs, securing a stunning two-wicket win for Zimbabwe.

With this win, the hosts go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Chigumbura was the man of the match for his crucial fifty.

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