Harare : With Zimbabwe pulling off a huge upset in the opener, India will look to bounce back and draw level in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series when they lock horns again today.
After clinching the One-Day International series 3-0, it was expected to be a cakewalk for the Indians in the T20Is as well. But the hosts did well with both the bat and ball and the young Indian side was tested for the first time on the tour on Saturday. (Lokesh Rahul – Hundred on ODI debut, golden duck on T20I debut )
Batting first, Zimbabwe posted a challenging 170/6 in their 20 overs. India kept on losing wickets at key moments, but somehow were able to cope with the required run-rate.
However, with the Indians needing seven runs in the final over, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to get his team over the line. Manish Pandey top scored with a 35-ball 48 but ideally he should have carried on. (MS Dhoni fails to finish as Zimbabwe stun India to take lead )
Another turning point for India was Axar Patel getting out to a loose shot in the last over.