IND vs ZIM Highlights: India blow away Zimbabwe by 100 runs to level series at 1-1 - The Times of India (2024)

20:38 (IST) Jul 07

Abhishek century guides India to T20I victory against Zimbabwe

Abhishek Sharma slammed a 46-ball century as India bounced back with a 100-run win over Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 international at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Sharma, playing in his second international match, made 100 in an Indian total of 234 for two.

Zimbabwe, who won the first match by 13 runs on Saturday, were bowled out for 134.

The left-handed Sharma, who was out for a duck on debut on Saturday, thrashed eight sixes and seven fours.

After opening his score with a six against off-spinner Brian Bennett, who dismissed him on Saturday, Sharma charged to his half-century with a six off medium-pacer Dion Myers.

He then raised his hundred with three successive sixes off left-arm spin bowler Wellington Masakadza before being dismissed next ball, caught at backward point.

Ruturaj Gaikwad (77 not out) and Rinku Singh (48 not out) continued to take the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers, who conceded 160 runs in the last 10 overs.

India made more runs in their innings than the combined total of both teams in a low-scoring encounter on the same pitch on Saturday when Zimbabwe made 115 for nine and India were bowled out for 102.

Despite an aggressive 26 off nine balls by Bennett, Zimbabwe's hopes were virtually extinguished when they crashed to 46 for four after four overs, with seamers Mukesh Kumar and Avesh Khan taking two wickets each.

20:08 (IST) Jul 07

India level series with a dominating 100-run win

— BCCI (@BCCI)

20:07 (IST) Jul 07

Very happy, great to be back on the winning note back again. With the way Abhishek and Rutu batted, it was not easy especially in the powerplay, with the ball moving around but Abhi and Rutu built the innings brilliantly. Yesterday, it was more about not being able to handle the pressure, it's a young side and many of them are new to international exposure. It was actually good to have pressure in the first game and we knew what to expect coming into this game. We have got three matches to go. It's always good to have more options rather than not having options.

India skipper Shubman Gill after win

20:03 (IST) Jul 07

I think it was pretty much good performance by me, the defeat we had yesterday we didn't have it easy for us. I felt today it was my day and I made it count. I feel T20 is about momentum and I took it to the end. Special mention to the coach and team management, I always feel that as a youngster if it's your day, if you have to express yourself. We were talking after every ball and he said to me that you should take it on. I always believe in my ability, if there's in my arc and even if it's the first ball, I will go after it.

Player of the Match | Abhishek Sharma

20:01 (IST) Jul 07

The world champions will eventually play like world champions. Dropping catches today certainly hurt us today. I expected 200 on this wicket today but they got 30 runs more. Coming into this game, I thought it would be a close game but it wasn't to be, the top-order didn't play well. He has grown by leaps and bounds, he is very hungry and his graph will keep going up. It's a task we have been talking about since a long time, today we came out positive and played our shots.

Zimbabwe skipper Sikandar Raza after defeat

20:00 (IST) Jul 07

Zimbabwe's biggest defeats in T20Is (by runs)

100 vs Australia - Harare, 2018
100 vs India - Harare, 2024*
85 vs Pakistan - Harare, 2011
82 vs Sri Lanka - Hambantota, 2012

19:53 (IST) Jul 07

India hammer Zimbabwe to level series

— ICC (@ICC)

19:53 (IST) Jul 07

Was a disappointing performance yesterday. Happy that we played well today, this is the kind of cricket we usually play. I am satisfied with the win. It wasn't turning much, but the ball was skidding along the deck. That (T20 World Cup win) celebration will go on for a long time, that was a special victory for us. That won't stop.

India spinner Ravi Bishnoi

19:49 (IST) Jul 07

India win by 100 runs to level series 1-1

That's it! India win! Mukesh Kumar takes the final wicket in form of Luke Jongwe, who is caught at deep backward point by Ruturaj Gaikwad in the penultimate over. The second T20I in Harare has been a one-sided affair! India wrap up the game with a dominating1 100-run win over Zimbabwe to level the 5-match series at 1-1. Well Zimbabwe poked the lion yesterday and they have been hurt back today. Complete domination by India. First with the bat and then with the ball. After Abhishek Sharma's maiden ton, Ruturaj Gaikwad 77 not out and a 22-ball 48 blitz from Rinku Singh that took India to 234 for two, bowlers struck in unison, guiding India to an easy win. Pacers Mukesh Kumar (3/37) and Avesh Khan (3/15) rattled the hosts early and spinners bowled superbly to keep Zimbabwe in check throughout the chase. After losing 4 wickets inside powerplay, Zimbabwe were never in the chase and it was just the matter of time for India. Wessly Madhevere (43) and Jongwe showed some resistance but it was never enough. Ravi Bishnoi grabbed a couple while Washington Sundar also hada wicket to his name.

19:41 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Zimbabwe 9 down now!

OUT! Avesh Khan comes back into the attack and grabs his third wicket. A back of length ball around off from Avesh and Blessing Muzarabani went nowhere with his hoick across. Gets the top edge as the ball shoots straight up. Washington Sundar completes an easy catch at mid-on as Muzarabani walks back for 2. ZIM 123/9 in 17.4 overs

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: Bishnoi on target!

OUT! Ravi Bishnoi comes back into the attack and strikes straightaway. Grabs his second wicket as Wessly Madhevere is knocked over for 43. A resilient effort from Madhevere ends as he misses a Ravi googly. Madhevere came down the track and the Ravi googly went through between the bat and pad of Madhevere. As the ball crashed into his stumps, the Madhevere-Luke Jongwe fight also came t an end. ZIM 117/8 in 16.3 overs

19:32 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Required rate 30 now!

4 2 1 2 1 0 - Washington Sundar gives away 10 runs in his final over but finishes with excellent figures of 4-0-28-1. Final 24 balls to go with Zimbabwe needing another 120 runs. India are almost home in this second game. Ravi Bishnoi comes back into the attack for India.

19:27 (IST) Jul 07

After 15 overs| Zimbabwe 105/7 | Run rate - 7

Wessly Madhevere 39*
Luke Jongwe 12*
Partnership: 29*(23)

Zimbabwe need another 130 runs off 30 balls @ 26 RPO

19:24 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Required rate over 23 now for Zimbabwe!

Its now just a matter of time for an India win. Two decent overs from Washington Sundar and Riyan Parag with just 13 runs coming of them. After a 5-run first over from Parag, Abhishek Sharma will continue from the other end for India. ZIM 97/7 in 14 overs

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19:15 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: A run out now!

OUT! Zimbabwe innings collapsing like a pack of cards. A run out now at the non-striker's end. Looking to get a quick single, Wellington Masakadza pushes a Sundar ball on the off side. Dhruv Jurel pounces onto the ball in no time, gets his right glove off and hits directly at the stumps at the non-striker's end. Masakadza falls short of his crease and walks back for 1. ZIM 76/7 in 11.1 overs

19:10 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Bishnoi grabs his first!

OUT! Zimbabwe's slide continues in this tall 236 chase. They are now 6 down with nothing on the board. After Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi strikes from the other end. A perfect googly from Ravi and Clive Madande is trapped right in front. He reviews it but in vain! Madande walks back for a 4-ball duck. ZIM 73/6 in 10.3 overs

19:07 (IST) Jul 07

At halfway mark | Zimbabwe 72/5 | Run rate - 7.2

Wessly Madhevere 19*
Clive Madande 0*
Washington Sundar 1/11

Zimbabwe need another 163 runs off 60 balls @ 16.3 RPO

19:06 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Sundar strikes!

OUT! Washington Sundar grabs his first wicket of the contest. Breaks the 26-run partnership! A tossed up length ball from around the wicket from Sundar and Johnathan Campbell went for the big slog sweep on the on side. Gets the top edge as the ball shoots straight up. Ravi Bishnoi takes a good catch coming in from the deep fence. ZIM 72/5 in 9.4 overs

19:03 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Bishnoi keeps it tight

0 0 0 0 2 0 - Another solid over from Ravi Bishnoi. After giving away just a single in his first, Bishnoi leaks just a couple of runs in his second over. The required rate is over 15 now for Zimbabwe. Washington Sundar to continue from the other end. ZIM 69/4 in 9 overs

18:59 (IST) Jul 07

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: Madhevere, Campbell fight

Looking to arrest Zimbabwe's slide, Wessly Madhevere and Johnathan Campbell have so far added 21 runs together. But the required rate continues to climb up for the hosts. Washington Sundar starts off with an 8-run first over that had a boundary in it. Ravi Bishnoi to continue from the other end for India. ZIM 67/4 in 8 overs

18:55 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Tight start from Ravi

0 0 1 0 0 0 - Leggie Ravi Bishnoi is spot on in his first over. Just a single run came off it. The required rate is now over 13.5 RPO for the hosts. The other spinner Washington Sundar now comes into the attack for India. ZIM 59/4 in 7 overs

18:51 (IST) Jul 07

End of Powerplay | Zimbabwe 58/4 | Run rate - 9.67

Wessly Madhevere 9*
Johnathan Campbell 6*
Mukesh Kumar 2/26
Avesh Khan 2/11

Zimbabwe need another 177 runs off 84 balls @ 12.64 RPO

18:48 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Sloppy fielding!

L1 1 0 0 0 4 - Mukesh Kumer had bowled five excellent balls but Wessly Madhevere luckily collects a boundary off the inside edge on the final ball of the over. A lazy Avesh Khan, at short fine-leg fails to get down in time. The ball beats him and races to the fence. 50 also came up with that boundary from Madhevere. Avesh to now bowl the final over of the powerplay. ZIM 52/4 in 5 overs

18:43 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Avesh strikes again!

OUT! Avesh Khan is on a roll. Grabs a second wicket in his first over. A perfect bouncer from Avesh targetted at Sikandar Raza head and the Zimbabwe skipper had no clue how to play that. Was in two minds whether to duck or pull. Raza eventually ducks but the ball takes his gloves on its way to the keeper. Dhruv Jurel takes a good catch behind the stumps. Raza perishes for 4. ZIM 46/4 in 3.6 overs

18:38 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Avesh strikes second-ball

OUT! Avesh Khan comes into the attack and strikes straightaway. Poor shot from Dion Myer as he walks back for a golden duck. A half-volley outside off from Avesh and Dion hits it straight into the hands of Rinku Singh at short extra cover. ZIM 41/3 in 3.2 overs

18:34 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Mukesh hits back!

SIX! SIX! and OUT! Mukesh Kumar has the last laugh. After getting whacked for a couple of towering sixes, Mukesh bowls the final ball of his over full and straight. Brian Bennett, looking to whack another one out of the park, this time misses. The ball crashes into Bennett's stumps as he walks back for a 9-ball 26. ZIM 40/2 in 3 overs

18:31 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Bennett goes bigg!

SIX! Wow! Brian Bennett is looking in terrific touch. He now cracks his second maximum, this time off Mukesh Kumar. A cracking hit from Bennett. Mukesh digs the ball in short and Bennett was waiting for it. He pulls it in style over the deep backward square leg fence.

18:28 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Abhishek leaks 19 in his first!

1 1 6 Wd5 2 4 0 - Big over for Zimbabwe as Brian Bennett and Wessly Madhevere collect 19 runs in the Abhishek Sharma first over. Poor start from Abhishek as he was all over the place. A four and six and 5 wides came in the along with a couple of singles and a two. Mukesh Kumar to continue from the other end for India. ZIM 24/1 in 2 overs

18:25 (IST) Jul 07

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: Launched!

SIX! A cracking hit from Brian Bennett as he takes on Abhishek Sharma in his first over. A tossed up delivery from Abhishek and Bennett smokes down the ground for his first maximum. ZIM 11/1 in 1.3 overs

18:24 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Abhishek partners up with Mukesh

4 0 W 1 0 0 - A perfect start from Mukesh Kumar. 5 runs and a wicket came off his first over. Left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma to share the new ball with Mukesh from the other end for India. ZIM 5/1 in 1 overs

18:20 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Knocked him over!

OUT! Bowled! Mukesh Kumar hits back in style after getting hit for a boundary first-ball. A perfect length ball around off and it nipped back in. Innocent Kaia was looking to hit across the line and went hard. Misses the ball completely as his off stump goes for a walk. Mukesh strikes third ball as Innocent walks back for 4. ZIM 4/1 in 0.3 overs

18:19 (IST) Jul 07

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: Wow!

FOUR! Innocent Kaia goes bang first ball. A back of length delivery from Mukesh Kumar and Innocent fires it to the deep mid-wicket fence in style. Innocent opens his and Zimbabwe's account with a boundary in this steep 235 chase.

18:17 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: The chase is on in Harare

Wessly Madhevere and Innocent Kaia are in the middle to begin this massive run-chase for Zimbabwe. Mukesh Kumar to start the proceedings for India. A couple of slips in place for Mukesh. Kaia on strike. Here we go!

18:14 (IST) Jul 07

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: India batters shine in Harare!

— BCCI (@BCCI)

18:14 (IST) Jul 07

Record Alert - Most runs scored in the last 10 overs in a T20I innings

160 - India vs Zimbabwe, Harare, 2024*
159 - Sri Lanka vs Kenya, Jo'burg, 2007
156 - Afghanistan vs Ireland, Dehradun, 2019
154 - New Zealand vs West Indies, Mount Maunganui, 2020

18:12 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: India's innings progression today

First 7 overs - 40-1

Next 3 overs - 34-0

Last 10 overs - 160-1 (12 sixes, 13 fours)

18:10 (IST) Jul 07

It was pretty much tough, the first 15 balls I played, I didn’t even middle a single ball. Wicket was slightly tough, me and Abhishek talked that we should take our time and then go for our shots and it worked. He took on the spinners really well, we talked about maintaining our shape while playing our shots, the wicket was slightly two-paced, some balls were skidding and some were holding up. I think we need to stick to hard lengths, stick to good lengths, just Test match lengths, keep it simple and try to hit top of off.

India's Ruturaj Gaikwad

18:09 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Batters' carnage in Harare!

— ICC (@ICC)

18:06 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Abhishek, Ruturaj, Rinku power India to 234

4 1 4 0 6 6 - That's it! Luke Jongwe completes the final over of the innings as India get to a mammoth 234 for two against Zimbabwe in the second T20I in Harare. Jongwe leaks 21 runs in the final over and India have now got their highest T20I score ever against Zimbabwe. A sensational batting performance from young India. Abhishek Sharma dazzled with a 46-ball ton and Ruturaj Gaikwad too was in the mood as he smacked an unbeaten 47-ball 77. India lost skipper Shubman Gill but that was the only good thing that happened to to Zimbabwe bowlers today. Both Abhishek and Ruturaj to the hosts' bowlers to the cleaners in a batting carnage in Harare. Rinku Singh too fired breezy 22-ball 48 at the death.

18:00 (IST) Jul 07

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: Final 6 balls to go!

0 1 Wd 0 6 2 6 - Rinku Singh and Ruturaj Gaikwad collect 16 runs in the penultimate over from Blessing Muzarabani. India batters in demolition mode. Zimbabwe bowlers have absolutely no clue on where to bowl to at the batters. Luke Jongwe will now bowl the final over of the innings. IND 213/2 in 19 overs

17:58 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Ball out of the ground!

SIX and 200 up for India! A monster 104 metre SIX from Rinku Singh as he brings up India's 200 in style. A half-volley outside off from Blessing Muzarabani and Rinku smokes it over long-off as the ball sails out of the ground.

17:54 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: 50-run partnership comes up between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rinku Singh off just 26 balls at the end of the 18th over

17:53 (IST) Jul 07

India vs Zimbabwe Live Score: Boundaries raining in Harare!

FOUR! SIX! FOUR! FOUR! Ruturaj Gaikwad has gone into ballistic mode. He is dealing only in boundaries now. He takes Tendai Chatara to the cleaners with consecutive boundaries. 190 is also up for India. With three fours and a six in 5 balls, Chatara has been taken to all corners of the park by Ruturaj. IND 196/2 in 17.5 overs

17:50 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: 50 for Ruturaj!

0 0 2 4 Wd 1 4 - As Ruturaj Gaikwad ends the Luke Jongwe's third over with a boundary to mid-wicket fence, he gets to his half-century off 38 balls as well. 7 fours in his knock so far and it has come in at a strike rate of over 136. Ruturaj has played a perfect support role and with now just 18 balls to go, he will look to up his scoring rate further. Tendai Chatara comes back into the attack to bowl the 18th over for Zimbabwe. IND 177/2 in 17 overs

17:47 (IST) Jul 07

Stat Attack - Fastest T20I hundred for India (by balls)

35 - Rohit Sharma vs Sri Lanka, Indore, 2017
45 - Suryakumar Yadav vs Sri Lanka, Rajkot, 2023
46 - KL Rahul vs Windies, Lauderhill, 2016
46 - Abhishek Sharma vs Zimbabwe, Harare, 2024*

17:46 (IST) Jul 07

Stat Attack - Youngest Indians to hit a hundred in T20Is

21y 279d - Yashasvi Jaiswal vs Nepal - 2023
23y 146d - Shubman Gill vs New Zealand - 2023
23y 156d - Suresh Raina vs South Africa - 2010
23y 307d - Abhishek Sharma vs Zimbabwe - 2024*

17:43 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: Rinku goes bang!

SIX! A cracker of a shot from Rinku Singh as he gets going straightaway. Blessing Muzarabani bowls a wide-ish delivery outside off. Rinku advanced down the track and belted the ball over deep extra cover for a flat 84-metre six. IND 160/2 in 15.3 overs

17:41 (IST) Jul 07

A class effort from Abhishek!

— BCCI (@BCCI)

17:39 (IST) Jul 07

After 15 overs | India 152/1 | Run rate - 10.13

Ruturaj Gaikwad 29*
Rinku Singh 2*
Wellington Masakadza 1/29

17:36 (IST) Jul 07

IND vs ZIM Live score: 100 and OUT!

Abhishek Sharma blitz comes to an end. He falls soon after his maiden ton as Wellington Masakadza strikes on the final ball of his second over. Looking to go for a fourth six in a row, Abhishek goes for a wild slog across the line. Gets the top edge as the balls shoots up. Dion Myers completes an easy catch at backward point. IND 147/2 in 14 overs

IND vs ZIM Highlights: India blow away Zimbabwe by 100 runs to level series at 1-1  - The Times of India (2024)

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