Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Zimbabwe needed a four off the last delivery to win it today. Here's a look at five ODIs that were decided by final-ball boundaries.

4.30pm Superb finish. A sensational match, India defend 138 to end up victors of the T20 series 2-1. 21 off the last over, Sran lost his head and his line but came back to keep Zimbabwe's batsmen in check. India had just enough in the end, it seemed, to get over the line. Zimbabwe got a strong start to their chase, but fell away in the middle with some limp batting. Even with a late surge, it wasn't enough.

Presentation time.

Barinder Sran is the Man of the Series: "21 runs is a lot for the final over. i was confident we were going to win. Started with a different plan but then changed."

Kedar Jadhav is the Man of the Match

Graeme Cremer: "Disappointing, but happy with the way the guys fought. One-day series was a tough beating. Nice to get a few more games. If we carry on playing, we'll get better."

MS Dhoni: "usually in this format, the games get close. Zimbabwe did well, bowled well. They need more games to get better. Difficult one, we did what was right to put in the opposition (in the ODIs). Right way to play cricket. Fast bowling department, we need a good pool of players. Now we can proudly say we have 10-12 players who can play. Important to turn up for India. Personally I feel we got more from the T20s than the ODIs.

19.6
W
Sran to Chigumbura, OUT, taken and India have won. What a game. Low full toss outside off, Chigumbura toe-ends it to cover and Chahal takes the catch in front of him. India win the series 2-1.

E Chigumbura c Chahal b Sran 16 (34m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Not long ago Dhoni needed four off one ball. Chigs' turn. What is Sran going to do

19.5
4
Sran to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, they get one. Full and wide outside off, Chigs comes down and has a nice, old, swing at it and gets a thick outside edge. Third man is up and that will be four

8 off 2, Zimbabwe need a boundary. India don't

19.2
5nb
Sran to Maruma, (no ball) FOUR runs, over cover and that will be four. Very high full toss outside off, Maruma slaps the ball over cover. And a no ball is called. Over waist. Got sufficient behind that to clear cover.
19.1
6
Sran to Maruma, SIX runs, six to start the over. Full on off from Sran, Maruma picks the length, and slogs/heaves/mows (who cares) over midwicket. Enough behind it and way over midwicket. What a start

Right then, last over of the tour. Zimbabwe have left themselves with way too much to do. Sran will finish. Dhoni needs some eye drops

18.4
6
Bumrah to Maruma, SIX runs, there is one. A predictable length, shortish on middle and leg. Maruma backs away and slogs it way over midwicket. Fantastic shot. Just enough behind that to clear the boundary

Zimbabwe need at least one boundary in the next three balls

17.1
W
Kulkarni to Waller, OUT, taken. Big wicket. Waller goes. And India have a wicket. Back of a length on off, Waller backs away, tries to steer he ball over short third man but doesn't get the elevation. Bumrah leaps over his head and clings onto a tough chance.

MN Waller c Bumrah b Kulkarni 10 (27m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

16.6
4
Bumrah to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, length outside off, Chigs dances down and slaps it over cover. Four. Much-needed boundary that
13.5
W
Chahal to Moor, OUT,

PJ Moor c Mandeep Singh b Chahal 26 (17m 21b 0x4 3x6) SR: 123.80

Experiencing some technical difficulties. Apologies. Some like there is a power cut at the Harare Sports Club.

13.4
6
Chahal to Moor, SIX runs, six more. invites the shot again by floating it well outside off, Moor leans on the lofted drive and sends his cover drive a long way over cover. Immediate calls of 'nai, nai' from Dhoni (no, no)
13.1
6
Chahal to Moor, SIX runs, another short long-hop from Chahal. Tear-your-hair bowling, especially because he repeated it again. On off, smashed over midwicket for another six. Nice batting
11.1
6
Chahal to Moor, SIX runs, poor delivery and smashed. Much much better. A long hop down leg, Moor stays back and crashes the pull way over midwicket. Wayy back. Nice execution

Four off the last two overs. The asking rate climbing steadily

10.3
W
Kulkarni to Sibanda, OUT, given. Another one. Sibanda this time. Slower ball on middle and leg, straight and full. Sibanda misses a flick and is struck in front. Another lbw. Zimbabwe in trouble now.

V Sibanda lbw b Kulkarni 28 (30m 23b 5x4 0x6) SR: 121.73

Positive intent is what will get Zimbabwe through. Have to look for runs

8.5
W
Patel to Masakadza, OUT, given. Flat again on off and middle, Masakadza gets low to sweep but misses. Slides on and hits Masakadza on the pads in front of off. Will skid on and hit the stumps says the umpire. Axar has a wicket. Zim two down. Struggled for fluency in that knock

H Masakadza lbw b Patel 15 (39m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

8.1
4
Patel to Masakadza, FOUR runs, lovely shot. Flat on middle, Masakadza premeditates the reverse lap, gets low and then helps it on its way past short third man. Deft touch, great batting

Ryan: "Cmon Zim.... Rotate the strike, keep the wickets intact and then go silly in the last 5 overs.... Put the pressure on the Indian team. They won't be used to it" - Silly?

7.1
4
Chahal to Sibanda, FOUR runs, rubbish delivery. Short on middle, long-hop. Sibanda hurries back and pulls over midwicket. Easily put away

Chahal, here's the test for Zim. Spin in tandem

4.1
4
Sran to Sibanda, FOUR runs, over mid-on for four. Fullish on off, Sibanda steps out, and then heaves the ball over mid-on. Not quite timed but who cares?
3.3
4
Kulkarni to Sibanda, FOUR runs, four more. Good length on off, Sibanda steps out and drills the drive back past the umpire. Not quite full enough but he went after it and got the desired result
3.2
4
Kulkarni to Sibanda, FOUR runs, awful delivery, awful fielding, four. Short, wide outside off. Sibanda goes after it but finds cover point. Jadhav just lets it go through. He has to hobble off too. Not sure what damage he has done

Abhishek: "It took Hamilton Masakadza almost a decade to play 50 T20s. Just shows how few opportunities Zimbabwe are getting in the big stage recently..."

3.1
4
Kulkarni to Sibanda, FOUR runs, superb shot. Shot of the day? Full and wide, swinging away. Sibanda shuffles down, and then offers the full face of the bat. Lofts the ball over mid-off, exemplary timing. Straight bat.
2.4
W
Sran to Chibhabha, OUT, gone. 135 kph, shortish delivery on middle. Not short enough to pull again but Chamu tries. Doesn't quite time it, doesn't get the elevation, doesn't keep it down. What he does is find the midwicket fielder who takes a good, reverse-cupped catch over his head

CJ Chibhabha c Chahal b Sran 5 (24m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

2.2
4
Sran to Masakadza, FOUR runs, superb shot. Overpitched outside off, Masakadza smashes the straight drive, just misses the stumps. Exceptional timing and four.
1.1
4
Kulkarni to Chibhabha, FOUR runs, over the infield. Better. Good length delivery outside off, some away swing. Lofted over mid-on with a flat-batted swat. Not great timing but enough to get it over the fielder and to the boundary

Dhawal Kulkarni. Chamu is struggling, trying to shake it off, shake it off.

Lowest

141

Previous lowest total defended by India in T20Is - vs Pak for a tie in WT20 2007. The previous lowest total successfully defended was 146 vs Ban in 2016 WT20.

Zimbabwe ahead

59/2

Zimbabwe's score at the end of 10th over. At the same stage, India were 53 for 3.

Masakadza's feat

1

No. of players who have appeared in 50 or more T20Is for Zimbabwe. Hamilton Masakadza becomes the first to play that many T20Is for his country.

Late Blast

43

Runs scored by India in the last 3 overs of the innings - 16 runs in 18th over, 11 in 19th and 16 in 20th. They had scored just 42 runs in 7 overs before that.

MS Dhoni is out

5

No. of consecutive T20I inns where MS Dhoni remained not out, before getting out in this match. His scores in those inns: 13*, 13*, 18*, 15* and 19*.

Career-bests

19

The previous highest score in T20Is for Rayudu and Jadhav. Both the batsmen have gone past that score in this match.

False start

0

No. of times India lost 3 or more wickets in the Powerplays against Zimbabwe in T20Is, in 7 matches. 29 is India's joint 4th-lowest powerplay score in T20Is.

First time on the tour

0

No. of times India batted first on this tour, before this T20I. Zimbabwe batted first in all 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is. They elected to field in this T20I.

Dhoni at the top

324

No. of international matches captained by MS Dhoni, which equals Ricky Ponting's tally at the top of the list