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Zim beat India by 13 runs

Zim beat India by 13 runs

Tendai Chatara and Sikandar Raza starred for Zimbabwe, each claiming three wickets, as they defended their lowest-ever total against India to secure a 1-0 lead in the opening match of a five-game T20I series at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Earlier, Ravi Bishnoi’s four-wicket haul restricted Zimbabwe to 115/9 after Indian captain Shubman Gill elected to bowl first on a dry pitch.

India, led by Shubman Gill, will face Zimbabwe in the next T20I tomorrow at 4:30 PM at the same venue.

Reflecting on his Man of the Match performance, Sikandar Raza expressed his joy at the victory, emphasizing the need to take each game step by step. He acknowledged that the series was far from over and stressed the importance of maintaining readiness against a team of India’s caliber. Raza praised both teams’ bowlers for their efforts on a challenging wicket that saw Zimbabwe struggle to set a competitive total. He credited their adherence to game plans and highlighted areas for improvement in their fielding, despite commendable efforts in catching and ground fielding. Raza also acknowledged the crucial role of the fans in energizing the team and providing support throughout the match.

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