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Zimbabwe v India 1st T20I: Zimbabwe Player Ratings

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India’s captain MS Dhoni walks after failing to score 4 runs on the last ball against Zimbabwe in the 1st T20I at Harare. (Photo by JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The hosts Zimbabwe had a miserable run in the ODI series against the touring Indians this summer. In the ODIs, they failed to cross the 200-run mark on all three occasions and suffered demoralizing defeats. They came into the T20 series with their pride at stake and in a bid to cause an upset somehow. This was their only chance to salvage some pride and they did it in style in the first of the three T20Is.

Having won the toss, their batsmen didn’t let them down this time around. Late hitting from Elton Chigumbura saw them post a decent total of 170 on the board. They eventually managed to scrape through a close win by just 2 runs. Here are the player ratings for the Zimbabwe team after the first T20.

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Hamilton Masakadza – 5

The senior most player of the team, Hamilton Masakadza, was under fire ever since the tournament started. Having been sacked as the team skipper prior to the tournament, a lot was on stake for the veteran after a poor ODI outing. He hammered 3 sixes and a four to give a flying start to the hosts before becoming the first man to be dismissed in the innings. He scored 25 off just 15 balls. A decent start could have been followed up by a big score but that wasn’t to be.

Chamu Chibhabha – 7

Chibhabha played the second fiddle to Masakadza as he scored 20 off 19 balls in the match. He had a good outing in the field and was a key with the ball too. He removed a well set Mandeep Singh to get Zimbabwe back into the game. He then got rid of AmbatiRayudu as well to bring in two new batsmen at the crease. Chibhabha bowled just 2 overs and picked up 2/13 to cause a major dent in the Indian top order.

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Richmond Mutumbami – 2

The wicket-keeper batsman had a minor role to play in the match today. He came in to bat after the dismissal of Masakadza early in the innings. He soon had to walk back retired hurt after being hit in the midriff by a rising delivery by JaydevUnadkat. Such severe was the impact that he fell on the ground straightaway and had to be stretchered out of the park.

Sikandar Raza – 6

The all-rounder Sikandar Raza had a decent day at the office in the match today. Having come in to bat just after the powerplay, he put on some crucial runs with Malcolm Waller to take Zimbabwe to a safe zone. He played cautiously for his 18-ball 20 that was studded with 2 boundaries. With the ball, he was quite effective too, as he did not leak out any bit of extra runs on the day. He gave away 18 runs in his 3 overs.

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Malcolm Waller – 6

Malcolm Waller had a big task ahead of him when he was asked to don the wicket keeping gloves in the absence of their regular keeper Mutumbami. Earlier in the match, he steadied the ship for the hosts when he added handy runs for the 3rd wicket with Raza. He scored 30 off just 21 balls before being bowled by YuzvendraChahal. His knock included 4 boundaries. Later in the day, he had a rather poor show with the gloves but that can absolutely be forgiven.

Tinotenda Mutombodzi – 2

Mutombodzi had a rough time in the middle. He walked at the crease to replace Waller in the 13th over but could not add much to his score. He had a tough time in the middle as he struggled for 8 balls to score his 3 runs before eventually being dismissed by Axar Patel in the 15th over. He certainly will have to improve on his game in the next match to be in the mix of things for his team.

Elton Chigumbura – 9

Chigumbura was the chief architect of the Zimbabwean win in the match. He came in at a tricky situation but batted with flair and power to play a brilliant innings. He raced to a 24 ball fifty to ensure that Zimbabwe posted a challenging total on the board. He scored an unbeaten 54 that came off just 26 balls and included 7 sixes and a four. The toughest part for the all-rounder was that he had to bat with a collapsing tail. He certainly impressed all with his batting.

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Graeme Cremer – 2

Skipper Graeme Cremer came in to bat when the team needed some big runs. All he needed was to stick around as Elton Chigumbura hit the ball fairly long and handsome. But the skipper failed to get his act together and lasted just 5 balls to score his 4 runs. In the bowling department too, he was the most expensive as he leaked out 35 runs in his 3 overs and went wicketless.

Neville Madziva – 8

Neville Madziva shared the new ball with Donald Tiripano in the match. He started off reasonably well but went on for big runs towards the end. He was taken for 34 runs in his 4 overs. However, the big moment arrived when he successfully defended 8 runs off the last over against the fancied finisher MS Dhoni. He got rid of the danger looking Axar Patel in the last over and then seized the game for his side by not letting MSD score the big runs.

Taurai Muzarabani – 7

The spinner had a good outing on the occasion and had a decent role in shaping the win for his team. Although he went for runs in the middle overs, he chipped in with two crucial wickets. He got the wicket of KedarJadhav in the early part of the innings. And later he came back to remove a well set Manish Pandey, who threatened to single-handedly take the game away from the hosts. He finished with figures of 2/31 in his 4 overs.

Donald Tiripano – 6

Tiripano was the man who started off the proceedings for Zimbabwe. On the very first delivery of the Indian run chase, he got the big wicket of KL Rahul, the Player of the tournament in the ODI series. That remained to be his solitary wicket in the match but he definitely did the job for his side by drawing first blood. He returned with figures of 1/35 in his 4 overs.

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