Will India dominate T20Is as well, or Shall Zimbabwe strike back © AFP
Will India dominate T20Is as well, or Shall Zimbabwe strike back © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first of the two-match T20I seires between India and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on Friday. This is Amit Banerjee here, and I will be presenting to you the live updates from the match. India have hardly played any T20I following a defeat to England in 2014. India, who are fielding a second-string side, will look to get down to businees with a win in the first game itself. Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav who excelled in the oDI series are most likely to retain their place in the squad for this format as well. However, there is cloud hanging over the selections of Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary — for they did little to justify their selections. Catch ball by ball commentary of the India vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I at Harare here

Man of the Match: Akshar Patel.

Another one-sided win for India, as the Zimbabweans are still looking for answers. The hosts were going good at the start of the innings, with Masakadza and Chibhabha adding a 50-run stand for the opening wicket. Once again, the Zimbabweans were bamboozled by spin, with Akshar Patel and Harbhajan Singh taking three and two wickets respectively. Read the match report of the first Twenty20 International between India and Zimbabwe here.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 124/7 in 20 Overs  BATTING: Prosper Utseya 13(7), Neville Madziva 14(9): Sandeep Sharma comes in to bowl the final over. Madziva comes down the track in the second ball, and resulting in a boundary! SIX! Madziva smashes the rising third delivery for a six towards extra-cover. Wide off the fifth ball. Dot off the last two balls, as India complete a well-deserved, one-sided 54-run win!

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 112/7 in 19 Overs  BATTING: Prosper Utseya 13(7), Neville Madziva 2(4): Bhuvi comes in to bowl his final over. The 100 comes up for the hosts with a single by Madziva, amidst disastrous conditions. Utseya decides to bat freely at the moment, smashing the second ball of the over for a straight six! Single off the third ball by Utseya. Utseya ends the over with a boundary towards square-leg.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 99/7 in 18 Overs  BATTING: Prosper Utseya 2(3), Neville Madziva 0(0): Cremer’s innings comes to an end in the fourth ball of the 18th over, missing the line of the Mohit Sharma delivery and getting his off-stump uprooted in the process as Zimbabwe lose their seventh, with Mohit bowling a slower one to get his victim! Will they be able to bat their overs out? Looks highly unlikely. OUT! Graeme Cremer b Mohit Sharma 9(14)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 96/6 in 17 Overs  BATTING: Graeme Cremer 9(11), Prosper Utseya 1(2): Prosper Utseya comes in to bowl the next over, to bat out whatever remains of the Zimbabwean innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in to bowl his third over, and concedes six off it, including a wide.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 90/6 in 16 Overs  BATTING: Graeme Cremer 5(7): And Akshar Patel has taken his third wicket by clean-bowling Raza out for 10 off 17 balls, with the hosts losing their sixth wicket with 90 on board. OUT! Sikandar Raza b Akshar Patel 10(17)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 87/5 in 15 Overs  BATTING: Sikandar Raza 9(14),Graeme Cremer 3(4): Mohit is mixing various deliveries, from short-pitched to full toss, with Raza and Cremer both struggling to get the runs along. Three runs are scored off the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 84/5 in 14 Overs  BATTING: Sikandar Raza 8(11),Graeme Cremer 1(1): And Zimbabwe lose their fifth wicket courtesy a great throw by Mohit Sharma from midwicket, with Ervine departing after scoring 2 off 8 balls. Cremer is the next batsman to walk out. OUT! Craig Ervine run out 2(8)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 80/4 in 13 Overs  BATTING: Sikandar Raza 6(9), Craig Ervine 1(5): Harbhajan Singh comes in to bowl his final over, and concedes only two runs before sending in a wide that races towards the boundary to result in five wides.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 73/4 in 12 Overs  BATTING: Sikandar Raza 5(4), Craig Ervine 0(3): The Zimbabweans are reeling right now, with the spin duo of Patel and Bhajji running through the top-order. All-rounder Stuart Binny comes in to bowl the 12th over. The hosts are dealing in the ones and twos at the moment.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 68/4 in 11 Overs  BATTING: Sikandar Raza 1(1): Sikandar Raza is the new batsman to walk to the crease as Harbhajan walks in to bowl. The Zimbabweans are playing horribly at the moment, simply throwing their wickets away. Coventry is the latest to depart, offering Rahane a simple catch at short midwicket off a tossed-up delivery by Harbhajan off the penultimate ball of the 11th over.  OUT! Charles Coventry c Ajinkya Rahane b Harbhajan Singh 10(10)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 66/3 in 10 Overs  BATTING: Charles Coventry 9(6):  Coventry takes a single off the first ball, before Masakadza is dismissed off the second ball after giving Kedar Jadhav a simple catch at short fine-leg to depart after scoring a valuable 28. Zimbabwe are starting to lose wickets here too quickly, with skipper Elton Chigumbura falling victim to some clever bowling by Patel off the final ball of the over to depart for a 3 ball 1. Just three runs off the over. OUT! Hamilton Masakadza c Kedar Jadhav b Akshar Patel 28(24), Elton Chigumbura b Akshar Patel 1(3)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 63/1 in 9 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 28(23), Charles Coventry 7(4): And Harbhajan Singh finally gets the breakthrough off the first ball of the ninth over. Chibhabha comes down the track, and attempts to clear the straight boundary. Doesn’t get enough bat to it, with Manish Pandey completing a fine running catch at deep to get the much-needed wicket. Zimbabwe have got their start though, and they just need to consolidate from hereon. Coventry defends off the first two balls, before smashing the penultimate ball of the over towards midwicket for a six. OUT! Chamu Chibhabha c Manish Pandey b Harbhajan Singh 23(27)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 55/0 in 8 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 24(18), Chamu Chibhabha 21(24): Patel comes in to bowl his second over. Single off the first ball. Masakadza gets a double off the fourth delivery. Five runs are scored off the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 50/0 in 7 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 24(18), Chamu Chibhabha 21(24): Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack, and Masakadza takes a single off the first ball. Chibhabha gets him back into the strike for the third delivery with a single, before Masakadza smashes Bhajji for a massive one into the grass banks at mid-wicket for a six off the fourth ball. 12 runs come off the over, with the 50-run opening partnership being completed at the end of it.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 38/0 in 6 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 14(14), Chamu Chibhabha 19(22): Single off the second ball off an attempted slog-sweep. Two singles off the fourth and fifth deliveries, before Masakadza ends the over by sending the ball towards cow-corner.  Seven runs off the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 31/0 in 5 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 13(11), Chamu Chibhabha 14(17): Mohit Sharma is introduced into the attack, and Chibhabha strokes the third delivery through cover for a four after a couple of dots. Chibhabha fails to score off the remaining deliveries.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 27/0 in 4 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 13(11), Chamu Chibhabha 10(13): Zimbabwe are off to a good start, much like India were at the beginning of their innings. Six runs are scored off the fourth over, in what turns out to be a much better over by Sandeep.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 20/0 in 3 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 8(8), Chamu Chibhabha 8(9): Bhuvi comes in to bowl the third over and continues to bowl a tight line that hardly gives any room to the Zimbabwean openers to score. Only two runs off the third over!

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 18/0 in 2 Overs  BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 7(4), Chamu Chibhabha 8(6): And the hosts are off to a slow start in their innings, with only a couple coming off it as Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls the first over. Sandeep Sharma comes in to bowl the next over, his first in T20Is, and gets struck for a massive six by Chibhabha over long-on. Masakadza is handed the strike a couple of deliveries later, and the burly batsman gets down on one knee, and top-edges the ball over to long-stop for a six! Wide off the fifth ball. Dot to end the over, with 16 runs being scored.

It was a satisfactory performance from the visitors with the bat at the end of the innings. Though Zimbabwe will be happy that they managed to restrict the Indians to less than 180, 179 nevertheless is not an easy target to achieve. What will Zimbabwe’s response be? Read the report of the Indian innings by Pramod Ananth here.

Live cricket score India 178/5 in 20 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 39(35), Harbhajan Singh 6(2): And Binny departs off the first ball of the final over, serving a catch to Cremer at deep midwicket off the bowling of Chris Mpofu. Uthappa takes a single off the second ball, with Harbhajan Singh being the new batsman to walk to the crease. Bhajji attempts a slog off the third ball, with the ball heading towards a fielder at square-leg. Harbhajan survives though, and takes a couple. Wide off the fourth ball.  Bhajji ends the Indian innings with a boundary, though they fall two runs short of 180. OUT! Stuart Binny c Graeme Cremer b Chris Mpofu 11(6)

Live cricket score India 166/4 in 19 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 37(33), Stuart Binny 11(5): Madziva to bowl the penultimate over. Singles off the first three deliveries, with Uthappa batting in the 30s. Binny hits the third six off the innings, smashing the loose third ball of the over, a slower one, straight over the umpire’s head into the sight screen! Uthappa ends the over with a single, with 12 runs coming off it.

Live cricket score India 154/4 in 18 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 33(30), Stuart Binny 3(2): Mpofu into the attack. Single off the first ball by Jadhav. Uthappa brings up the 150 for India with a single off the second ball. And  Jadhav is caught by Masakadza off the third ball, scooping a catch to point where the fielder runs back from his position to complete the dismissal. Binny walks to the crease. Can he carry his destructive form the ODIs over to the T20Is. Binny gets off the mark off the very first ball. OUT! Kedar Jadhav c Hamilton Masakadza b Chris Mpofu 9(7)

Live cricket score India 148/3 in 17 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 31(28),Kedar Jadhav 8(5): Madziva into the attack, with Jadhav taking a single off the first ball. The second ball is a no-ball, with Jadhav getting caught at extra-cover while taking a single in the free-hit. Cremer begins celebrating for a but, are reminded of the free-hit soon after. Jadhav hits a boundary through point as India move to 147 for 3, their highest-ever T20I score against Zimbabwe. Single off the final ball.

Live cricket score India 135/3 in 16 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 27(25),Kedar Jadhav 1(1): Mpofu into the attack, with five overs remaining. FOUR! Pandey cuts the first ball through point for a boundary! OUT! Pandey’s innings comes to an end as he is caught by Raza at deep extra cover, failing to connect to the delivery properly. Kedar Jadhav gets off the mark off the first ball that he faces. Uthappa attempts a slog off the fifth delivery and fails to connect, but bad wicketkeeping by Coventry results in four byes! Double to end the over, with 12 runs, and a wicket, coming off it. OUT! Manish Pandey c Sikandar Raza b Christopher Mpofu 19(19)

Live cricket score India 123/2 in 15 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 24(22), Manish Pandey 15(17): Muzarabani into the attack. Doubles taken off the first two balls. Single. Uthappa hands the strike back to Pandey, who pats the ball down the track off the fourth delivery for a single off the following ball. FOUR! Uthappa plays the fifth ball that was pitched on the leg-stump down towards fine-leg. Dot to end the over. The partnership is now worth 41 off 24 balls.

Live cricket score India 113/2 in 14 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 15(17), Manish Pandey 14(16): Single off the first ball. Uthappa comes down the track off the third delivery, and Charles Coventry misses out on an opportunity to stump him out, failing to collect the ball properly.

Live cricket score India 108/2 in 13 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 14(14), Manish Pandey 12(13): Single to start the over. The 100 comes up for India with a single by Pandey off the second delivery. Uthappa sweeps the third ball towards fine-leg for a four! Single off the fourth ball. Two runs off the fifth ball by Pandey, who takes a single off the final ball.

Live cricket score India 98/2 in 12 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 8(11), Manish Pandey 8(10): Cremer back into the attack, after a successful second over. And Pandey smashes Cremer with an impressive slog over midwicket to get his first six off his innings, and the second of the match. Single taken by Pandey off the fifth ball. Uthappa takes a single off the final ball.

Live cricket score India 88/2 in 11 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 6(8), Manish Pandey 1(6): Sikandar Raza into the attack. FOUR! Uthappa attempts a reverse-sweep, and misses the line of the ball completely, but the ball ends up running towards the long-stop boundary for four byes. Another reverse-sweep attempt off the second ball, this time resulting in nothing. Single off the third ball, to hand the strike to Pandey, who gets off the mark off the fifth ball. Dot to finish the over.

Live cricket score India 82/2 in 10 Overs  BATTING: Robin Uthappa 5(5), Manish Pandey 0(4): OUT! Rahane departs after getting caught off the second ball of the over, getting an outside edge after coming down the track, only to offer a simple catch to Hamilton Masakadza at point. Manish Pandey is the new batsman to walk to the crease. And it is a wicket maiden by Graeme Cremer! OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c Hamilton Masakadza b Graeme Cremer 33(30)

Live cricket score India 82/1 in 9 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 33(30), Robin Uthappa 5(5): Utseya back into the attack. Uthappa takes a single off the first ball, before Rahane runs a couple to move to the 30s. Double off the fourth ball of the over. Four wides off the fifth ball, with a fine piece of fielding by Chigumbura preventing a boundary. Single off the last ball.

Live cricket score India 71/1 in 8 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 28(26), Robin Uthappa 3(3): Graeme Cremer introduced into the attack. Robin Uthappa walks to the crease, and gets off the mark off the very first ball. Seven runs are scored off the over, including five singles and a double.

Live cricket score India 64/1 in 7 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 24 (23): Five singles off the first five balls, as the pair look to rotate the strike between themselves and get off the boundaries for a bit. And Vijay is caught short of his crease off the last ball of the over courtesy a direct hit as he has to go back to the pavilion for a 19-ball 34. OUT! Murali Vijay run out 34 (19)

Live cricket score India 58/0 in 6 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 20 (20), Murali Vijay 32 (16): Prosper Utseya into the attack, as the Zimbabweans opt for spin now. Dot off the first ball, with the ball hitting his pad and carrying over to the wicketkeeper. The batsman decides to make up for it by coming down the track and sending the ball scurrying through the covers for a four! Some fine fielding by Graeme Cremer in the third delivery at short third man is not enough to prevent a boundary. Single off the fourth. Mazdiva concedes two wides off the over, as the Zimbabwean attack are conceding far too many extras now.

Live cricket score India 47/0 in 5 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 20 (18), Murali Vijay 23 (12): Rahane gets a single off the first ball. And Vijay gets the first six of the innings underway with an impeccable pull towards square-leg. The sweeper tries to dive, but it was always going to be a six! Muzarabani bowls a terrible third ball, which ends in a wide. Dot off the third ball. Boundary off the fourth! Vijay drives this one towards cow-corner, where the fielder’s dive is not enough to stop the four! And its back-to-back boundaries for Vijay, who sends the fifth ball through short third-man! Vijay ends the over with a single, with 17 runs coming off it! Vijay has moved past his skipper in no time!

Live cricket score India 30/0 in 4 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 19 (17), Murali Vijay 8 (7): Two runs scored by Rahane off the first ball after playing it towards third man. Very good running between the two. Rahane drives the second ball through the cover region for a four! The skipper then picks a single off the third ball, as he is now batting in double figures. Vijay plays the fourth ball down towards fine-leg for a single. Dot off the last ball!

Live cricket score India 19/0 in 3 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 9 (12), Murali Vijay 8 (6): Rahane begins the third over with a boundary towards midwicket. The first boundary of the innings! Rahane manages to get a run courtesy overthrows in the fifth delivery. Looks like the Zimbabweans need to practise their throwing a bit more! And Vijay ends the over with an impeccable shot through mid-on for a four!

Live cricket score India 10/0 in 2 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 4 (7), Murali Vijay 4 (5): Seven runs are scored off the second over, which is scored by Christopher Mpofu. Both batsmen are batting on identical scores, with Mpofu conceding as many as two wides in the over.

Live cricket score India 3/0 in 1 Overs  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane2 (4), Murali Vijay 1 (2): Good start by Zimbabwe as they manage to keep it tight as Prosper Utseya keeps things tight in the first over. India open with Murali Vijay and skipper Ajinkya Rahane. India will look to continue their good run in the series.

TOSS: India have won the toss for the first time on this tour and have elected to bat first

Zimbabwe will believe that they have a chance of winning the T20I series despite having lost the ODIs comprehensively. Elton Chigumbura, Neville Madziva and Chamu Chibhabha have done well, but they never got going as a team. Hamilton Masakadza had an ordinary series by his standards and will look to contribute a little more in the T20Is. PREVIEW: India vs Zimbabwe 2015, 1st ODI at Harare

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Regis Chakabva (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

India: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Kedar Jadhav (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Stuart Binny, Harbhajan Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Murali Vijay.

Catch ball by ball commentary of the India vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I at Harare here

Live cricket score India 19/0 in 3 Over  BATTING: Ajinkya Rahane 9 (12), Murali Vijay 8 (6)