MS Dhoni will lead India © Getty Images
MS Dhoni will lead India © Getty Images

India and Zimbabwe will lock horns in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) of the three-match series. The venue of the game is Harare Sports Club in Harare. India dominated the One-Day International (ODI) series by winning all the matches comprehensively. They would be wanting to take that winning momentum in the T20I series as well. MS Dhoni will continue to lead the Indian team whereas Graeme Cremer will call the shots for Zimbabwe. Whichever of these two teams wins this match will go into the remaining two games with a better frame of mind. India will be optimistic after good performance in the ODIs while Zimbabwe would want to make a fresh start. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I, at Harare

India are certainly hot favourites in this match. After a good show in the 50-over games with a second-string side, they would be hoping to repeat the same in the smallest version of the game. India will be happy that even without their best players, they have been able to play exceedingly well in the tour so far. But it has been more due to the weakness of the opposition. Live Updates: India vs Zimbabwe 2016, Live Cricket Score, 1st T20I at Harare

A lot is at stake for Zimbabwe in this game. They need to play better cricket and strive for a better show this time around. Having been down and out in the ODI series, they are low on confidence, but the best thing for them will be to put the things behind and fight hard in the T20Is.