Zimbabwe hopeful of beating India at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe have been outplayed by India in the ongoing ODI series so far © AFP

Bulawayo: Jul 31, 2013

They might have already lost the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series after conceding an unassailable 0-3 lead to India, but Zimbabwe still feel that they can spring a surprise in the remaining two games, beginning in Bulawayo on Thursday.

Zimbabwe assistant coach Stephen Mangongo said despite trailing 0-3 in the series, his men are expecting a change of fortune in the two matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

“There is a lot to play for in Bulawayo. We might be down but we are not out because we are not just coming to fulfil a fixture. We are going to fight for a positive result. As I said before, we respect India but we should realise that we are not in the game to make numbers but to compete,” he said ahead of the fourth match.

“If we do things right, that’s the basics, hopefully the situation in Bulawayo might change as well,” said Mangongo.

Zimbabwe lost the first match of the series by six wickets before going down to a 58-run defeat in the second ODI. While India sealed the series on Sunday with a seven-wicket win.

Mangongo rued that his side could have won the third ODI in Harare had they not committed blunders on the field.

“To be trailing 0-3 looks terrible considering that we spent two months preparing for these matches. We had opportunities to win the last ODI in Harare but we let ourselves down with numerous fielding mistakes and even dropped catches. At one time we were at 64 for four but those drops which followed cost us,” he said.

“Credit goes to the bowlers who did well to restrict the visitors but now it’s time for our batsmen to live to the billing and score more runs. If you look at India’s batting, they are not doing well but in all their three matches, at least one of their top four batsmen have done well. Our top order has to give us more runs,” Mangongo said.