KL Rahul remained unbeaten till the end, stitching an excellent opening wicket partnership with Mandeep Singh © AFP
KL Rahul remained unbeaten till the end, stitching an excellent opening wicket partnership with Mandeep Singh © AFP

India ease through to a comfortable 10-wicket win in the second T20I against Zimbabwe at Harare. Openers KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh ensured that there were no hiccups as their unbeaten opening wicket partnership was good enough to ensure that India sailed over the line with 41 balls to spare. This also India’s second highest opening wicket partnership in T20Is, behind Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir’s 136-run stand against England at Durban in 2007. This is also the first time India have won a T20I by 10 wickets. Mandeep scored his maiden T20I fifty, by hitting the winning boundary. The bowlers led by Barinder Sran and Jasprit Bumrah wrecked havoc to restrict Zimbabwe to 99 for 9 in their 20 overs. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I at Harare

Sran registered the best bowling figures by an Indian on T20I debut and was well supported by Bumrah, who picked up three wickets. Dhawal Kulkarni and Yuzvendra Chahal chipped in with a wicket apiece. Full Cricket Updates: IND vs ZIM 2nd T20I at Harare

Zimbabwe bowlers toiled hard, but some sloppy effort in the field combined with poor bowling did not help them. The fact that they had very less total to defend too did no favours to them. The only good news is that they will go into the third T20I, knowing that they can still win the series, but will have to play extremely well.

There weren’t many highlights from the Zimbabwean batting. Peter Moor played a gritty innings, scoring a 32-ball 31, before he was foxed by a slower delivery from Bumrah. Barring his innings, there was not much to talk about Zimbabwe’s batting. Elton Chigumbura would have been expected to play a similar innings, like the one he did in the first game, but he fell cheaply, leading to Zimbabwe’s further downfall.

It was Zimbabwe, who had won the toss earlier and decided to bat first. At the toss, skipper Graeme Cremer said that they are looking at a score of close to 170. Zimbabwe ‘keeper Richmond Mutumbami injured himself earlier and as a result misses out today. Moor will keep wickets in his absence. Sran and Kulkarni were the only two changes for India. They replaced Rishi Dhawan and Jaydev Unadkat.

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 99 for 9 in 20 Overs (Peter Moor 31, Malcom Waller 14; Barinder Sran 4 for 10, Jasprit Bumrah 3 for 11) lost to India 103 for 0 in 13.1 Overs (KL Rahul 47*, Mandeep Singh 52*) by 10 wickets

Man of the match: Barinder Sran

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)