Barinder Sran was outstanding in his debut match for Team India claiming 4 scalps © AFP
Barinder Sran was outstanding in his debut match for Team India claiming 4 scalps © AFP

In the last match of the Twenty20 (T20I) International series and tour, India face Zimbabwe with the series leveled at 1-1. Losing the last match by a whisker, India came back strong to win the second T20I by a whopping margin of 10 wickets. Bowlers as well as batsmen shined for India’s easy win over the minnows, but the series is still wide open for both the teams. Both have all to play for in 3rd and final T20I as the shorter format brings in a lot of unpredictability and the momentum can shift any side in a short span of time. Here is a look at the likely XI MS Dhoni can field in the final T20I to sign off from the tour by winning both One-Day International (ODI) and T20I: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India  vs  Zimbabwe , 3rd T20I Match at Harare

Top-order: KL Rahul has been the find of the tour as he had blasted 196 runs in the three-match ODI series and after failing in the first match of the T20 series, he came back strongly in the second, to remain unbeaten on 48. A lot depends on Rahul to give a solid platform to the team and will again open the innings along with Mandeep Singh. Singh looked rusty at the start of the innings in the last match but settled down later to score a maiden T20I fifty. Ambati Rayudu with his solid batting will come at No.3 and try to lift the run-rate.

Middle-order: Manish Pandey should come at No.4 to take the innings forward. He looked good in the first match but both failed to get the team past the finish line. He would like to post a big one if he gets a chance. Kedhar Jadhav will come at No.5 if Dhoni continues to give chance to the youngsters and comes down as a finisher. Dhoni will obviously come at No.6 and look to bat with the tail if the situation arises.

Lower-order:  Akshar Patel looked in complete control of his short innings in the T20I series opener. Dhoni would like him come after him at No.7. Dhawal Kulkarni would not want to pad up and come to bat but if the need arises, he will follow Patel at No.8. ALSO READ:Mustafizur Rahman: When Bangladesh added ‘Fizz’ to their bowling line-up

Bowlers:  After a match winning performance by the bowlers, Dhoni will not need to sweat much picking up his bowlers for the final T20I. In this case, Jayant Yadav maybe the only unlucky player to miss out on every match of the tour but with the series leveled and not won yet, Dhoni will not want to risk anything. Barinder Sran, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Yuzvendra Chahal and Patel have impressed and formed a formidable force. They will spearhead the bowling attack again at Harare Sports Club.

India’s likely XI against Zimbabwe for the final T20I: KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedhar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Akshar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran

(Aditya Sahay is a journalist with CricketCountry who is completely into sports and loves writing about cricket in general. He can be followed on Twitter at adisahay7)