Harare: The duo of Yusuf Pathan (36*) and Virat Kohli (26*) came good for their team and sealed the first match by six wickets in the visitors’ favour. In the end, Raina’s men won the first T20 with five overs to spare, going into the second match with a psychological edge.
India had committed a minor disaster before even the first fifty could be posted on the board. The loss of Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma came after the openers had departed, leaving the bulk of work for the middle order.
Two quick ones were gone at the start of the run-chase as openers Murali Vijay and Naman Ojha fell cheaply.
India restricted the Zimbabwe outfit for a paltry 111/9 at a good batting wicket, setting up a good platform for victory.
Wickets tumbled at regular intervals for the hosts as the Indian bowlers were finally on cue after a terrible outing in the ODI format.
India had struck gold after winning the toss and electing to field first against Zimbabwe in their first T20 clash at Harare as Vinay Kumar claimed Hamilton Masakadza (1) in the first over itself.
The second wicket of the Zimbabwean innings came in the form of Brendan Taylor. He too was a victim to Vinay Kumar’s tight line and length. R Ashiwn took an easy catch off Rohit Sharma’s delivery to claim the third wicket for India in the form of Tatenda Taibu.
Chamu Chibhabha (40) could not build up on his hard work and fell flat to Piyush Chawla. The top and middle order failure permeated deep and the Indian squad would be happy with their performance of the first half.
The morning started with skipper Suresh Raina hoping to wrap up the hosts around 140 runs while the rival captain Elton Chigumbura expressing confidence to go till 180-190.
India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Naman Ojha(w), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina(c), Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Pankaj Singh
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Chamu Chibhabha, Tatenda Taibu(w), Elton Chigumbura(c), Craig Ervine, Gregory Lamb, Chris Mpofu, Ed Rainsford, Prosper Utseya, Ray Price