India will have very little homework to do after putting up an impressive show both with the bat and ball so far
India will hope to end the Zimbabwe tour on a high with a win in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.A second-string Indian team, led by young batsman Ajinkya Rahane, clinched the three-match One-Day International series 3-0. The visitors were a superior side in the first T20 too, winning the match by 54 runs.
Zimbabwe will have to play out of their skins and latch on to their chances, which they have missed so far in the tournament, in order to topple India.The Indians have hardly any concerns as every member of the side has chipped in with useful contributions till now.Although India fielded a second-string team, they had little trouble overpowering the Zimbabweans.
Even the injury to in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu, who won the Man of the Series award for his performance in the ODIs, had little impact as his replacement Manish Pandey came good on debut itself with a 71-run knock in the third ODI.
In fact, India fielded as many as five T20 international debutants in the previous game but their experience of playing in Indian Premier League made the transition look like a cake walk.Come tomorrow, the Indians would be aiming to be a lot more aggressive with their bats though.
In the last match, India were cruising smoothly at 123 for two in 15 overs and it looked as if they would reach the 200-run mark comfortably, but medium-pacer Chris Mpofu took three quick wickets to arrest the visitors’ run flow and restrict them to 178 for five.
The Indian batsmen, therefore, would not be taking things lightly against the home bowlers, who did a decent job even in the ODIs as well.
It would up to the opening duo of skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay to give India a solid start, followed by previous tie’s highest scorer Robin Uthappa, who remained unbeaten on 39 to take the team to a competitive total.
Uthappa would want to continue his fine run.The visitors will have very little homework to do after putting up an impressive show both with the bat and ball so far. IANS