Zimbabwe beat India to salvage series draw


Zimbabwe beat India by 10 runs in a T20 International in Harare on Sunday to walk away from the two-match series with a creditable one-all result.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first the home side posted a score of 145 for seven in their 20 overs thanks mainly to opener Chamu Chibhabha, who scored 67.

Chibhabha's knock was especially vital as the next top-scorer in the innings was from fellow opener Hamilton Masakadza, who scored 19, while Sean Williams made 17. Those were the only players to reach double-figures in the hosts innings.

The Zimbabwe batting unit kept losing wickets regularly and could not get on top of a disciplined India bowling attack led by seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who recorded figures of two for 26 in his four overs.

The African side knew they had to bowl and field well and that's exactly what they did, restricting India to 135 for nine in their 20 overs.

Robin Uthappa, with 42, and Stuart Binny, who made 24, were the only batsmen to offer any resistance as the Zimbabwe bowlers tightened the screw.

Legspinner Graeme Cremer was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets and only conceding 19 runs in his four overs.

After being whitewashed three-nil in the ODI series, Zimbabwe will be happy they could salvage something in the shortest format of the game.