Raza Stars as Zimbabwe Upset India In 1st T20I by 13 Runs

IND vs ZIM: A win to remember for Zimbabwe. The hosts Zimbabwe have defeated India in the first T20I by 13 runs at the Harare Sports Club.

Sikandar Raza and the entire Zimbabwe were absolutely ecstatic with the last wicket fall. It felt like it was India’s game after the first innings but what Zimbabwe bowlers did in the second innings was simply exceptional.

IND vs ZIM Match Summary

Batting first, Zimbabwe got an early setback as Mukesh Kumar dismissed in-form Innocent Kaia in the first ball of the second over. Brian Bennett and Wessly Madhevere gave a good start to the team.

Ravi Bishnoi then came to bowl the last over of the Powerplay and bowled out Brian and Madhevere in his second over. Wicketkeeper-batter Clive Madande played an important knockdown the order of 29 runs and his valiant efforts put Zimbabwe to 115 mark.

IND vs ZIM: Dion Myers Cuts the Length Ball (Associate Press)

Ravi Bishnoi was brilliant with the ball and so was Washington Sunder. Bishnoi picked up 4 wickets and Sunder took 2 at an economy of 2.80. It was all now on the batting and surely their eyes would have lit up as they have just 116 to chase in 120 balls.

Abhishek Sharma received his maiden call to the playing 11 and his debut was something he won’t be too happy with. He got out in the first fourth ball of the innings without scoring.

Shubman Gill held one end and wickets kept falling from the other end. India lost four wickets within the powerplay for just 28 runs. Skipper Gill played a 31-run knock he too got out after 10 overs when India were just 47 in total.

Raza Stars as Zimbabwe Upset India In 1st T20I by 13 Runs | IND vs ZIM 1st T20I
IND vs ZIM: Raza Bamboozled Gill (Associate Press)

Avesh Khan played a cameo and pulled the lever towards India. He smoked 16 runs in 12 runs but Raza’s excellence and Chatara picked up wickets in line again and left India hung on a thin wire. Washington Sunder was the last hope standing for India and he tried hard in the end but Zimbabwe were too good in the last overs and bundled out India under 102 runs.

This IND vs ZIM game marked some shake in the record book. Let’s take a look at the records and stats:

  • Lowest all-out totals for India in T20Is

74 vs Aus Melbourne 2008
79 vs NZ Nagpur 2016
92 vs SA Cuttack 2015
101 vs SL Pune 2016
102 vs Zim Harare 2024 *

  • Lowest targets successfully defended against India in T20Is

116 Zim Harare 2024 *
127 NZ Nagpur 2016
131 SA Nottingham 2009
146 Zim Harare 2016

  • Lowest totals successfully defended by Zimbabwe in T20Is

105 vs WI Port of Spain 2010
115 vs Ind Harare 2024 *
117 vs Ire Dublin 2021
118 vs Pak Harare 2021

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