New Zealand thrashed Zimbabwe in the only T20 international by 80 runs at Harare Sports Club, Harare to claim to the T20 series 1-0. Asked to bat first, New Zealand scored 198 runs at loss of five wickets in mandatory 20 over
Going by form and strength, New Zealand were expected to get past the Zimbabweans, even though the latter were always going to be competitive. But, the underrated hosts shocked the World Cup runners up with a scintillating batting display in the first one-dayer to go 1-0 up.
New Zealand completed a comfortable victory by 10 wickets in second ODI at Harare Sports Club, Harare to square the series 1-1. Sikandar Raza’s ton led hosts to set a fighting target of 236 after early collapse but visitors never looked
Although Zimbabwe will not go into the second match of the one-day series against New Zealand as favourites in spite of having won the first match, they will be high on confidence following the adrenaline-pumping win.
Although India went to Zimbabwe with a second string side, they were still expected to do well, and were the favourites against the hosts. In the end, they did not do badly, clean sweeping the one-day series 3-0.
Chasing an average score of 145 runs, India had a horrible start of their inning. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane found himself short of crease in the first over of the inning. Robin Uthappa and Murli Vijay went on towards the target at brisk rate and it looked like the partnership is taking the game away from Zimbabwe.