Indian cricket team took its first T20 match against Zimbabwe on 18th June 2016 in which it faced defeat. Hosts successfully full stopped the victorious itinerary of men in blue jersey by surmounting in the fastest format of cricket.
While batting first, Zimbabweans kicked off their inning with quite speedy approach. Openers commenced with better efforts and offered a good beginning to their batting. Fabulous two digit scores by Chibhabha, H Masakadza, S Raza and Mutombodzi paved healthy foundation for team’s score.
Chigumbara’s storming seven sixes peaked the target which his team willed to set for team India. Key batsman of team India in past few matches failed to maintain his momentum in this confrontation. Mandeep and Manish Pandey strived hard with their major contributions, but the later come batsmen didn’t manage to continue with the same aggression.
Axar Patel endeavored to dominate over the foes by hitting two massive sixes and enkindling hopes of victory among watchers. Though the best finisher was on the ground, antagonists colluded brilliantly and kept the skipper of India away from the strike. Clever presence of mind shown by the Zimbabwean bowlers obliged them attain debellation in India’s tour for cricket series in their country.
By surmounting the ICC WC 2011 champions in this first match of T20 series Zimbabwean cricket team grabbed their first romp in the series of three T20 matches. Consistent losses in past few days might have instigated the hosts and hence the genius performance.
After India gave a clean white wash to Zimbabwean cricket team in one day international matches, hosts might have got hurt with the series loss and hence avenged of the same in the first match of T20 series. Still two matches are to be played by the guests with men in red on 20th and 22nd June.