Harare: After an emphatic ODI clean-sweep, India would be looking to continue their dominance when they square off against Zimbabwe in a couple of Twenty20 cricket Internationals starting in Harare on Friday.
After a scratchy win in the opening ODI, India got their act together quite quickly to outplay the hosts, who fizzled out after showing some intensity to start with. It would be some task for the home side to stay positive and not get bogged down by the ODI debacle given that they had their chances but failed to latch on to them.
Indian cricket players celebrate the wicket of Zimbabwean batsman Regis Chakabva during their One Day International cricket match against Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe. Pic/PTI
The Indians, on the other hand, would be eyeing a clean sweep of the tour. The visitors do not have too many concerns to ponder over as they have delivered on all fronts. Even the injury to in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu, who was named Man of the Series, has hardly been a blow given that his replacement Manish Pandey came good on debut itself with a 71-run knock.
"We never felt that it will be a 3-0 scoreline. We always knew that they would be tough to beat on their home soil. It was challenging, especially batting first in all three games, but our batters did an excellent job to put up a 250-plus score in every game. That's where I feel we won the games," said the third ODI's Man of the Match Kedar Jadhav, who struck a maiden unbeatrn century.
The Indians would be aiming to extend this ODI domination to T20s as well but they will have to be a lot more aggressive in their approach as far as batting is concerned. Given the fickle nature of the format where a game can change in just one delivery, the Indians cannot afford to be slow off the blocks against the home bowlers, who did a decent job even in the ODIs.
It would be a test for the opening duo of skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay to give the side a flying start, which is an absolute must in the T20 format.