Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog for the third and final T20 International (T20I), between India and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on Wednesday. This is the final match of India’s tour of Zimbabwe 2016, and MS Dhoni and company will be itching to end with yet another series win against the struggling hosts. The Indian cricket team won the three-match ODI series 3-0, but they were surprised by the hosts in the opening game of the three-match T20I series, which they lost by 2 runs. However, in the second game India got their act together to slam Zimbabwe by 10 wickets and levelled the series. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India  vs  Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I Match at Harare

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 135/6, 20 overs | Timycen Maruma 23 (13): Barinder Sran to bowl the ultimate over of the innings. 21 to defend. Can he take his team over the line? Can he deliver in such crucial juncture?

SIX! Oh, boy! Maruma goes big. He outrageously connects it over deep mid-wicket. Reads the slower ball well and puts Sran under pressure. Maruma has scored 18 off just 9 balls so far. Where will Sran bowl now?

WIDE, Maruma shuffles, Sran follows him, but bowls an illegal delivery.

No-Ball + FOUR, Maruma goes berserk, spanks a massive No-Ball over extra cover. Free Hit, no harm done, right in the block hole.

DOT, excellent bowling, Sran bowls wide from him, Maruma fails to make contact. Zimbabwe need 9 runs off 3 balls.

DOT, right in the block hole, difficult to put that away. Sran read the batsman’s footwork well. This is top-notch cricket.

FOUR! Oh, my goodness. Chigumbura gives a charge, gets an outside edge, goes past Dhoni, third man is up as well. 4 needed off 1.

OUT, Sran gets a wicket, low full toss, Chigumbura dances down the track and holes out to Yuzvendra Chahal at cover. Elton Chigumbura c Chahal b Barinder 16 (16)

India win by 3 runs! Men in Blue win the series 2-1.

Player of the Match: Kedar Jadhav

Player of the Series: Barinder Sran

Sran: “20 runs were a lot to defend. However, I was confident that I can take the team over the line. I had a different plan; but after getting hitting for runs, I had to change the approach.”

MS Dhoni: “Overall, Zimbabwe did well in all the departments, which is why it was close series. They need to play more game. They are a very good side.”

“All the bowlers have done well this series. Now we can say we have a bunch of 10-12 players. Hopefully, they will gradually progress and play Test cricket.”

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 118/5, 19 overs | Timycen Maruma 12 (8), Elton Chigumbura 12 (14): Bumrah continues. ONE, Maruma slogs it down the ground. ONE, angled in, another single, Zimbabwe need boundaries, Required Run-Rate is scaling up. TWO, Maruma goes for a big shot, mistimes it. SIX! Oh, that came right off the screws, made a sweet sound, extraordinary connection. DOT, right in the block hole, that’s what he needs to bowl. ONE to finish the over. Zimbabwe need 21 off 6 balls.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 107/5, 18 overs | Timycen Maruma 3 (4), Elton Chigumbura 11 (13): OUT, Kulkarni sends Waller back into the dug out, back of length, Waller tries to cut over fine leg but holes out to Jasprit Bumrah, times his jump to perfection. ONE, Maruma gets off strike. ONE, slower bouncer, leg bye. DOT, back of length, beats Maruma’s inside edge. ONE, change of pace, opens the face of the bat, gets Chigumbura on strike. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! Malcolm Waller c Bumrah b D Kulkarni 10 (17)

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 97/4, 16 overs | Malcolm Waller 8 (14), Elton Chigumbura 6 (7): Akshar Patel to bowl out. He concedes only 6 runs. His figures read: 4-0-18-1. Zimbabwe need 42 off 24. Stuck to his line and length throughout the series and was lethal with the bat as well.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 91/4, 15 overs | Malcolm Waller 6 (11), Elton Chigumbura 2 (4): Jaspit Bumrah back into the attack. Concedes only 3 runs. Zimbabwe need 48 off 30. Can they make history?

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 88/4, 14 overs | Malcolm Waller 5 (9): SIX, lose delivery and Moor yet again clobbers over deep mid-wicket. DOT, tossed up, play and a miss, beats Moor’s outside edge. DOT, Moor tries to reverse-sweep, makes no contact. SIX more, width on offer, Moor gets right under it and drives it over wide long-off. Game on, folks! Game on! OUT, Moor loses patience, holes out to Mandeep Singh. Much needed wicket for India. TWO to end the over.

OUT! Peter Moor c Mandeep b Chahal 26 (21)

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 74/3, 13 overs | Peter Moor 14 (16), Malcolm Waller 3 (8): ONE, Moor works a fullish ball on the off-side. DOT, length ball, Waller rolls the wrist and works ti backward point. DOT, hit straight to extra cover. DOT, arm ball, slower than the previous deliveries. ONE, Waller takes a quick single. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 71/3, 12 overs | Peter Moor 12 (14), Malcolm Waller 2 (4): SIX! Moor starts the over with colossal maximum over deep-wicket. ONE. Moor plays down the ground. ONE, Waller works it to fine leg. DOT, quicker on, worked straight to cover point. ONE, Moor looks for a big shot, could not connect it. DOT to finish the over. 9 runs off the over.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 62/3, 11 overs | Peter Moor 4 (10), Malcolm Waller 1 (2): Kulkarni into the attack. DOT, back of length, Moor says No to a quick single. ONE, back of length, Moor flicks on the leg side. OUT, change of pace traps Sibanda in the crease. DOT, back of length, Waller lets its go. ONE, Waller gets off the mark with a quick single. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! Sibanda lbw b D Kulkarni 28 (23)

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 59/2, 10 overs | Peter Moor 2 (7), Vusi Sibanda 28 (22): DOT, wrong ‘un, shout for LBW, umpire says No. DOT, quicker one on leg, leg byes. DOT, length ball, Moor fails to find gap. DOT, Chahal building pressure on Moor. ONE to fiish the over. Only 1 run off it.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 58/2, 9 overs | Peter Moor 1 (1), Vusi Sibanda 28 (22): Akshar to continue. FOUR, Masakadza plays reverse-sweep, class act. ONE, Masakadza picks an easy single. ONE, Sibanada pushes it to long-on. DOT, tossed up, Masakadza gets a leading edge. OUT, Masakadza gets trapped in front, tries to sweep a fullish delivery. ONE, Peter Moor gets off the mark.

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza lbw b Axar 15 (21) 

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 51/1, 8 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 10 (17), Vusi Sibanda 27 (21): Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack. FOUR, short ball, Sibanda smashes over mid-wicket. DOT, bowls a quicker one. ONE, Sibanda works to long-off. ONE, Masakadza punches it to deep cover. ONE, back of length, Sibanda plays it to wide mid-off. 50 for Zimbabwe. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 43/1, 7 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 8 (15), Vusi Sibanda 21 (17): Akshar Patel into the attack. Three back to back deliveries. Bowling quicker through the air. ONE, on pads, leg byes. ONE, length ball, worked on the off side. ONE to finish the over. Only 3 runs off it.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 40/1, 6 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 7 (14), Vusi Sibanda 20 (12): First bowling change. Jasprit Bumrah into the attack. DOT, same story, angled in, batsman gets behind it. DOT, was that OUT? Was there an edge? Dhoni celebrates. Umpires says Not Out! Replay suggests otherwise. There was a clean nick. DOT, back of length, Masakadza punches. DOT, Bumrah hasn’t conceded any run so far. ONE, falls just short of mid-on. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 38/1, 5 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 6 (9), Vusi Sibanda 19 (11): FOUR, Sibanda gives a charge and smashes over mid-on, he’s on a roll. DOT, Sibanda calls for a quick single, Masakadza says No. DOT, slower bouncer, Sibanda ducks. ONE, Sibanda gets an inside edge. DOT, change of pace, beats Masakadza’s inside edge. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 32/1, 4 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 5 (7), Vusi Sibanda 14 (7): FOUR, treat to the eyes, Sibanda drives on the up over the mid-off fielder. FOUR, misfield at point by Jadhav, it should have been stopped, back to back boundaries. FOUR, Sibanda dances the down the track and effortlessly spanks down the ground. DOT, back of length, play and a miss, beats his inside edge. ONE, quick single by Sibanda. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 19/1, 3 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 5 (6), Vusi Sibanda 1 (2): Sran to continue. DOT, back of length, Masakadza plays it backward point. FOUR, pitched up, Masakadza goes down town, ‘straight as an arrow’ says the commentator. ONE, well-directed bouncer by Sran. WIDE, second of the innings, Indian pacers haven’t been consistent so far. OUT, Sran draws first blood, Chibhabha holes out to short mid-wicket. WIDE, down the leg side. DOT, in the corridor of uncertainty, pushes batsman on the back foot. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! Chamu Chibhabha c Chahal b Barinder 5 (10)

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 11/0, 2 overs | Hamilton Masakadza 0 (3), Chamu Chibhabha 5 (9): Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl from the other end. FOUR, back of length, Chibhabha reads the length well and pulls over mid-wicket. DOT, out-swinger, play and a miss. ONE, length ball outside off, Chibhabha flicks on the leg side. FOUR, wrong line, on Masakadza’s pads, goes fine. DOT, Masakadza punches off the back foot. ONE, leg byes, poor delivery, Kulkarni is bowling straight.

Live cricket score update | Zimbabwe 1/0, 1 over | Hamilton Masakadza 0 (0), Chamu Chibhabha 0 (6): Bariner Sran, who scalped 4 wickets in the last match, to open the bowling for India. DOT, angled in, Chibhabhi gets nicely behind it.  DOT, angled in again, back of length, Chibhabha fails to make contact. DOT, in-seamer, Sran rolls his fingers, play and a miss. DOT, hits Chibhabha’s pads and goes to Dhoni. DOT, Sran mixing up his length well, full on middle this time. ONE to finish the over.

*Zimbabwe innings*

Live cricket score update |India 138/6, 20 overs | Akshar Patel 20 (11), Dhawal Kulkarni 1 (1): Neville Madziva to bowl the final over of the innings. WIDE, well above Kulkarni’s head? Not a fair call by the umpire. ONE, Kulkarni works it to mid-wicket. TWO, half-volley outside off, Akshar gets right under it and slices it to long-off. TWO, similar ball, Akshar this time plays it to wide long-off. TWO, yet again width on offer, Akshar plays down the ground. SIX, clean hit over long-off, made full use of the crease, got right under it to register his first maximum. DOT, full on off, Akshar spanks it down the ground and takes India to 138 for 6. Innings report: Zimbabwe restrict India to 138/6 in 3rd T20I at Harare

Live cricket score update |India 122/6, 19 overs | Akshar Patel 6 (6): ONE, smart cricket by Akshar, gives strike to the in-form Jadhav. TWO, short, Kadhav pulls between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket. ONE, leg byes, good call by Akshar, bag another quick single. ONE + TWO overthrow, wicketkeeper aims at the striker’s end, no one at mid-wicket to stop the throw. FOUR, on leg, Jadhav rocks back and late-flicks it, beautiful shot. OUT, slower bouncer, Jadhav holes out to long-on, it was an innings of substance by the diminutive batsman.

OUT! Kedar Jadhav c Chigumbura b Donald Tiripano 58 (42)

Live cricket score update |India 111/5, 18 overs | Kedar Jadhav 51 (38), Akshar Patel 2 (4): SIX, oh, that was mighty blow by Jadhav! Came out of the screws. That is colossal! ONE, half-volley outside off, Jadhav opens the face of the bat and plays it deep cover. ONE, Akshar scythes it to backward point, quick single. DOT, Jadhav gives a charge, Chatara yorks him, excellent bowling. FOUR, full outside off, Jadhav rocks back and plays it past point, that was a brilliant short, excellent batsmanship. FOUR, on Jadhav’s pads, he plays past the wicketkeeper. 50 for Jadhav.

Live cricket score update |India 95/5, 17 overs | Kedar Jadhav 36 (33), Akshar Patel 1 (3): DOT, Dhoni shimmies down the track, tries to smack it down the ground, eventually it was a play and miss. OUT, Tiripano castles Dhoni with a slower ball, Captain Cool tries to heave it over the boundary line but drags it onto the stumps. DOT, fullish outside off, Akshar plays it straight to the bowler. DOT again. ONE, Akshar works it to mid-off. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! MS Dhoni b Donald Tiripano 9 (13)

Live cricket score update |India 93/4, 16 overs | Kedar Jadhav 35 (32), MS Dhoni 9 (11): Madziva to continue. DOT ball, Dhoni is clearly struggling to score runs. ONE, Dhoni plays down the ground. TWO, change of pace, Dhoni calls Jadhav for another run. WIDE, down the leg side. TWO, Jadhav dances down the track and plays it to wide long-off. DOT, slower ball, Jadhav fails to connect it. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 87/4, 15 overs | Kedar Jadhav 31 (28), MS Dhoni 8 (9): Jadhav guides it third man. DOT, Chatara takes the pace of the ball, play and miss by Dhoni. DOT, Zimbabwe are adding pressure on Dhoni. DOT, back of length, angled in, Dhoni plays it to mid-wicket. DOT, fourth consecutive dot delivery of the over. ONE to finish the over. Only 2 runs off the over.

Live cricket score update |India 85/4, 14 overs | Kedar Jadhav 30 (27), MS Dhoni 7 (4): ONE, leg byes. Dhoni on strike. ONE, Dhoni plays it on the leg side. DOT, slower ball, play and a miss. DOT ball, athletic fielding at extra cover. DOT, pitched off, Dhoni opens the face of the bat, hits to backward point. FOUR to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 78/4, 13 overs | Kedar Jadhav 29 (24), MS Dhoni 2 (1): DOT, Jadhav paddle-sweeps to fine leg. FOUR, Jadhav goes inside out, lovely shot. TWO, Jadhav sweeps again, man at deep fine leg saves a certain boundary. ONE, Jadhav plays it to mid-wicket. OUT, Rayudu shimmies down the track and holes out to long-on. MS Dhoni the new batsman. TWO to finish the over.

OUT! Ambati Rayudu c Chigumbura b Cremer 20 (26) 

Live cricket score update |India 69/3, 12 overs | Kedar Jadhav 22 (20), Ambati Rayudu 20 (25): DOT, slower leg-cutter by Chibhabha. TWO, Rayudu pulls to mid-wicket. FOUR, Rayudu gets his first boundary, relief for him. ONE, back of length, quick single to mid-off. ONE, leg byes? No says the umpire, must have got an inside edge. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 61/3, 11 overs | Kedar Jadhav 21 (19), Ambati Rayudu 13 (20): Cremer to continue. Starts with a DOT ball. FOUR, Jadhav gets his third boundary, he reads the googly well and sweeps past fine leg. ONE, Jadhav pushes it on the leg side. DOT, Rayudu plays straight. TWO, tossed up, Rayudu plays inside out. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 53/3, 10 overs | Kedar Jadhav 16 (16), Ambati Rayudu 10 (17): Chibhabha to bowl his third over. ONE, Rayudu hasn’t hit a boundary so far. ONE, dropped, Jadhav makes room and hits straight to Masakadza, drops a sitter. TWO, Rayudu flicks it in the gap, smart cricket. DOT, and another dot delivery. DOT to finish the over. Only 4 runs off the over.

Live cricket score update |India 49/3, 9 overs | Kedar Jadhav 15 (15), Ambati Rayudu 7 (12): Cremer continues. Starts with a DOT ball. DOT, flighted, Jadhav hits it hard, man at extra cover saves a certain boundary. FOUR, width on offer, Jadhav scythes past backward point. ONE, on middle, Jadhav works it on the leg side. ONE, tossed up, Rayudu drives it to deep cover. FOUR, Jadhav top-edges it, falls in no man’s land, fine leg couldn’t reach.

Live cricket score update |India 39/3, 8 overs | Kedar Jadhav 6 (10), Ambati Rayudu 6 (11): Chibhabha to continue. Starts with a DOT ball. ONE, back of length, Rayudu flicks it on the leg side. DOT, Jadhav walks forward and plays it to mid-wicket. ONE, Jadhav flick length ball on the leg side. ONE, Zimbabwe won’t mind conceding singles. WIDE, down the leg side. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 34/3, 7 overs | Kedar Jadhav 4 (7), Ambati Rayudu 4 (8): Cremer into the attack. ONE, tossed up on off, Rayudu drives it to wide long-off. ONE, Jadhav works it on the off side. DOT, length ball, Rayudu played it with a straight bat. ONE, India dealing in singles. DOT, quicker one, Jadhav nicely defends it. TWO to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 29/3, 6 overs | Kedar Jadhav 1 (3), Ambati Rayudu 2 (6): Chibhabha into the attack. ONE, in the air, Jadhav plays a nervous push, just away from gully. DOT, angled in, Rayudu dances down the track and keeps it down, excellent bowling. DOT, half-volley outside off, Rayudu lets it go yet again. ONE, Rayudu takes a quick single to mid-on. DOT, Jadhav defends a length ball. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 27/3, 5 overs | Kedar Jadhav 0 (0), Ambati Rayudu 1 (3): Madziva into the attack. DOT, another dot ball by Rahul. FOUR, pitched and Rahul drives past mid-off, he needs to find the boundary often. OUT, Madziva strikes and strikes in style, Rahul tries a wild heave and drags it onto the stump. Manish Pandey comes in at No. 2. OUT, another one bites the dust, Pandey tries to take a quick single and Chigumbura at mid-wicket hits the stump. 27 for 3. India in trouble. DOT, Rayudu lets it go, not willing to take risk. DOT to finish the over.

OUT! KL Rahul b Neville Madziva 22 (20)

OUT! Manish Pandey run out (Chigumbura) 0 (1)

Live cricket score update |India 23/1, 4 overs | KL Rahul 18 (17), Ambati Rayudu 1 (1): Chatara to continue and he Strikes. OUT, Mandeep departs, length ball outside off, tries to clear the infield but holes out to extra cover. DOT, beautiful shot, driven extra cover. DOT, Rahul has played too many DOT balls today. ONE, Rahul takes a quick single to mid-on. ONE, Rayudu guides a length ball to third man. ONE to finish the over.

OUT! Mandeep c Maruma b Donald Tiripano 4 (6)

Live cricket score update |India 20/0, 3 overs | KL Rahul 16 (13), Mandeep Singh 4 (5): Chatara to continue. Starts with a DOT, his seventh consecutive. FOUR, Rahul drives on the up past extra cover, wasn’t in complete control but still manages to get a boundary. SIX, that came out of the screws, way over long on, length ball and he got right under it. Isn’t he in sublime form? FOUR, pitched up outside off and Rahul makes no mistake to find a gap on the off side. ONE, quick single, excellent cricket. ONE to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 4/0, 2 overs | KL Rahul 1 (8), Mandeep Singh 3 (4): Donald Tiripani to bowl form the other end. DOT, length ball, angled in, Mandeep defends with a straight bat. TWO, Mandeep opens India’s account with flick to deep fine leg. ONE, inside edge, shaped in, Mandeep gets a quick single. DOT, Rahul comes forward, Tiripano shortens his length, good cricket. ONE, full on leg, Rahul rolls his wrist and works it to fine leg. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update |India 0/0, 1 over | KL Rahul 0 (6), Mandeep Singh 0 (0): Tendai Chatara to open the bowling for Zimbabwe. Rahul to face the first ball. Play says the umpire. DOT, back of length, Rahul rocks back and plays it to backward point, Sibanda does well to stop the ball, athletic effort. DOT, it stayed low and the bat slips out of Rahul’s hands, might have hit the cracks. DOT, full outside off, Rahul swiftly drives to extra cover. DOT, pitched on middle, Rahul flicks it to mid-wicket. DOT, play and a miss, beats Rahul’s outside edge. DOT to finish the over.

TOSS UPDATE: Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl.

Did you know?

This is the sixth match of the series and India will defend a target for the first time.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Peter Moor (wk), Vusi Sibanda, Timycen Maruma, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer (c), Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara

India: Lokesh Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Axar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Yuzvendra Chahal

It has been a challenging outing for the Indian cricketers who have got opportunities to play on this tour. A lot of them have impressed, and among them is Mandeep Singh who struck a half-century in the second T20I. KL Rahul’s form with the bat will be crucial too. ALSO READ: IND vs ZIM, 3rd T20I at Harare: Key Battles

Indian bowlers too have done a terrific job, not allowing Zimbabwe batsmen to score runs easily once they are settled in. Zimbabwe batsmen have been able to apply themselves well in the middle, but their failure to score runs freely. In the first game, a terrific half-century by Elton Chigumbura inspired Zimbabwe to a narrow win, but the hosts were stifled by Indian bowlers in the next as they could manage only 99 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. ALSO READ: IND vs ZIM 2016, 3rd T20I: Visitors’ likely XI

India will be aiming to finish the tour on a high, as a lot of their players on this tour may not get a chance for a very long time. For instance, India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni does not have a lot of cricket lined up with the national side playing as many as 13 Tests at home. ALSO READ: India vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd T20I at Harare: ZIM’s likely XI

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Tapiwa Mufudza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Lokesh Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Rishi Dhawan, Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: India  vs  Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I Match at Harare