Defending T20 World Cup champions India will take on Zimbabwe in the second match of the 5-match T20 series at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe defeated India by 13 runs in the first T20 international at Harare Sports Club. Despite struggling to 115 for nine, with Ravi Bishnoi taking a career-best four for 13, Zimbabwe bowled out India for 102. This loss ended India’s 12-match winning streak in T20Is. Shubman Gill acknowledged that while the team bowled well, their fielding was subpar and they appeared rusty. India lost four wickets for 22 runs early, and Gill’s dismissal for 31 further dashed their hopes. Sikander Raza, who took three for 25, highlighted the need for better batting despite the win. An unbeaten last-wicket stand of 25 proved crucial for Zimbabwe.

India looks to bounce back

India’s leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi emphasized the need for the team to rebound strongly and approach the second T20I with a fresh mindset after a surprising loss to Zimbabwe. India struggled in chasing 116 and were bowled out for 102 in the first T20I. Bishnoi highlighted the importance of building partnerships, which India failed to do, leading to their downfall. Despite his career-best 4/13, he acknowledged Zimbabwe’s effective bowling and fielding. Bishnoi called on young players to step up following the retirement of seniors like Kohli and Sharma, praising Shubman Gill’s captaincy despite the setback.

Harare Weather Update and match timings

According to AccuWeather, Harare is likely to be sunny and warm with no possibilities of rain. The maximum temperature could be around 26 degrees. The match is set to start at 4:30 pm.

India vs Zimbabwe head-to-head

India has won 6 out of the 8 T20 matches they have played against Zimbabwe. On the other hand, Zimbabwe has emerged victorious in 2 of these encounters.

Harare Pitch Report

Pitch conditions at Harare Sports Club favor both pacers and spinners, making it crucial for bowlers. In the last T20I played here between Zimbabwe and India, a total of 217 runs were scored, with 19 wickets falling.

India Playing XI

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Abhishek Sharma, Shubman Gill (c), Riyan Parag, Rinku Singh, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar

Zimbabwe Playing XI

Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brian Bennett, Sikandar Raza (c), Wesley Madhevere, Clive Madande (wk), Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava

India vs Zimbabwe playing XI

You can catch the live coverage of the India vs Zimbabwe 1st T20I on the Sony Sports Network on television. The match can also be streamed live on SonyLIV.

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