Jadhav leads India to T20 series win over Zimbabwe
HARARE—Zimbabwe had never won a T20I series of more than one match. A chase of 139 on a slow, low Harare pitch presented them an opportunity to achieve this, and a nervy final over from Barinder Sran brought them to within one hit of victory, but Elton Chigumbura, needing four off the last ball, could only manage enough power and elevation to hit a low, wide full-toss into extracovers’s hands. India, never quite convincing, won by three runs and took the series 2-1.
Until this match, Sran had impressed with his newball swing but had never really come under pressure. Now India were bowling second for the first time on the tour, and were defending 138. A number of Zimbabwe’s batsmen had got off to starts, but no one had carried on. They now needed 21 off the last over, with Timycen Maruma and Elton Chigumbura at the crease, both batting on 12. Maruma had shaved six off the target with a massive leg-side clout off Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate over.
Now Sran sent down a length ball, and Maruma, clearing his front leg once again, clobbered it over the midwicket boundary.
Then Sran brought square leg and fine leg into the circle, and, in looking to deny Maruma the scoop over the infield, slanted the ball too wide outside off stump.
The pressure was firmly on, and a high full-toss followed, providing width for the slap to the cover boundary. No-ball, nine runs to get off five balls, free hit to come.
It was at this point that Sran pulled his death-bowling skills together, sending down three successive wide yorkers, all there or thereabouts: dot, dot, single. Eight to get off two, and Chigumbura ran down the pitch, slogged, and streaked a lucky edge to the third man boundary.