In the shortest format of the game, Zimbabwe can’t be taken lightly. Separate recitals can make a telling impact in T20 cricket and the Africans have a few players who can make a difference. India, of course, have a wealth of skill, thanks to IPL, but unlike the ODI series, the couple of T20s should be well contested.
17 July 2015 India Vs Zimbabwe 1st T20 Match
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Match starts at 4:30 PM IST.
Zimbabwe have won two of their last five T20 internationals. It may not be a great record but the Zimbabweans, if they field well, have the potential to take on any hostility. Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza and Charles Coventry are very suited to this brand of cricket and in a batsman’s game, India must watch this troika. Coventry has a strike rate of 160 plus and he is the dangerman while Masakadza remains the pillar. He has played in every one of Zimbabwe’s 33 Twenty20 internationals.
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India captain Ajinkya Rahane believes the events back home will make no impact on his teammates. There are at least five players in the current squad, including Rahane himself, who don’t know their IPL future after the RM Lodha panel, on Tuesday, slapped a two year deferral on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for betting related issues.
India Vs Zimbabwe 1st T20 Cricket Match
India have won both their T20s against Zimbabwe by handsome margins. Both matches were played in 2010 and Suresh Raina was India’s hero with a series average of 100.