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India thrashes Zimbabwe by 100 runs to level T20 series

In a thrilling second T20I match at the Harare Sports Club, India, led by Shubman Gill, secured a commanding 100-run victory over Zimbabwe, levelling the five-match series 1-1. Abhishek Sharma's explosive century and disciplined bowling by the Indian bowlers were the highlights of the game, as Zimbabwe struggled to chase down a massive target of 235 runs.

News Arena Network - Harare - UPDATED: July 7, 2024, 10:25 AM - 4 mins read

India Secures Convincing Victory To Even T20 Series With Zimbabwe.

India thrashes Zimbabwe by 100 runs to level T20 series

India Secures Convincing Victory To Even T20 Series With Zimbabwe.


In a thrilling second T20I match at the Harare Sports Club, India, led by Shubman Gill, secured a commanding 100-run victory over Zimbabwe, levelling the five-match series 1-1. Abhishek Sharma's explosive century and disciplined bowling by the Indian bowlers were the highlights of the game, as Zimbabwe struggled to chase down a massive target of 235 runs.

 

India's innings began with a hiccup as they lost their captain Shubman Gill for just 2 runs, with Blessing Muzarabani claiming his wicket early. However, Abhishek Sharma and Ruturaj Gaikwad steadied the ship. The duo initially focused on consolidating the innings on a pitch that was not very friendly to batsmen. They managed to score 36 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay, with Abhishek Sharma showing more aggression.

 

Abhishek Sharma's brilliance was evident as he notched up his maiden T20I half-century off just 33 balls, hitting four boundaries and three sixes. His aggressive play helped India cross the 100-run mark in just 11 overs.

 

Sharma's partnership with Gaikwad flourished, reaching 100 runs for the second wicket in 64 balls. Sharma then went on to score his maiden T20 international century in spectacular fashion, hitting three consecutive sixes to reach the milestone in just 46 balls. He was eventually dismissed for 100 by Wellington Masakadza, caught by Dion Myers, leaving India at 147 for 2.

 

Rinku Singh joined Gaikwad at the crease, and the pair continued to pile on the runs. Gaikwad reached his fourth T20I half-century in 38 balls, and together with Rinku, they added 50 runs for the third wicket in just 24 balls.

 

The duo's aggressive batting took India past the 200-run mark in the 18th over, with India finishing their innings at a formidable 234 for 2. Ruturaj Gaikwad remained unbeaten on 77 from 47 balls, while Rinku Singh scored a quickfire 48 from 22 balls.

 

Zimbabwe's chase got off to a disastrous start, with opener Innocent Kaia falling for 4 in the first over, bowled by Mukesh Kumar. Brian Bennett showed some aggression but was soon dismissed for 26 by Mukesh, leaving Zimbabwe at 40 for 2.

 

The Indian bowlers continued to dominate, with Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar taking wickets at regular intervals. Avesh Khan dismissed Dion Myers and Sikandar Raza in quick succession, reducing Zimbabwe to 46 for 4.

 

Wessly Madhevere tried to anchor the innings, but wickets kept falling around him. Washington Sundar and Ravi Bishnoi joined the wicket-taking party, with Sundar dismissing Johnathan Campbell and Bishnoi getting rid of Clive Madande for a duck.

 

Zimbabwe's innings continued to collapse, with Wellington Masakadza being run out and Luke Jongwe providing some resistance before being dismissed for 33 by Mukesh Kumar. Madhevere's lone fight ended when he was bowled by Bishnoi for 43, and Zimbabwe was eventually bowled out for 135 in 18.4 overs.

 

Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar were the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets each, while Ravi Bishnoi and Washington Sundar chipped in with crucial wickets. India's comprehensive win by 100 runs was a testament to their all-round performance, levelling the series and setting the stage for an exciting continuation of the T20I matches.

 

The match showcased India's dominance with both bat and ball, and Abhishek Sharma's century will be remembered as a highlight of the series. The Indian team will look to carry this momentum into the remaining matches as they aim to secure the series victory.

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