MS Dhoni credits bowlers for the 10-wicket win
Updated - Jun 20, 2016 2:36 pm
India beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the second T20I at Harare to level the series 1-1, after restricting the opposition to 99/9 in 20 overs. Being asked to bowl first the Indian bowlers were clinical and bowled just the right lines and lengths. Brainder Sran especially used the early movement to best effect and grabbed 4 wickets in his very first spell. Zimbabwe were never quite able to come out of the hole and conceded the game to the much professional Indian team.
Skipper MS Dhoni was quite pleased with the performance of his boys which helped the team register their first ever 10-wicket win in T20Is. He credited the bowlers for the win.
“Bowlers started it all, important to start well. I was a bit worried that it was the third match on the same wicket. Backed by some good fielding, I emphasized that we hard to run harder than we did in the last game. In the shorter format, it is very important,” Dhoni said.
It was Barinder Sran who was the pick of the bowlers with his figures 4/10 in his 4 overs. With that, he also registered the best bowling figures by an Indian on T20I debut. Jasprit Bumrah was at his best and picked up 3 wickets as well. The duo together destroyed the Zimbabwe batting line-up and helped the team’s cause in levelling the series. Openers KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh took India over the line with a lot of ease.
Despite losing the match, the Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer is still excited about the last match as they are still in contention to win the series. Cremer said, “We started slowly and lost wickets at crucial times. Disappointing, the pitch misbehaved a bit but getting bowled out for 99, just not good enough. Final on Wednesday, we still excited.”
Barinder Sran, who had a dream T20 international debut as he returned with figures of 4/10 in his 4 overs was awarded as the man of the match. He said that he was concentrating on swinging the ball and enjoyed bowling on the surface. “It was fun, the ball swung. There was no pressure, the debut came late. Not concentrating on pace but on swinging the ball,” the 23-year old said.