Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have added 49 runs in the powerplay for India after getting off to a circumspect start. Rohit brought up his half-century off just 38 balls as India went past the 100-run mark in the 13th over of the innings.
Dhawan was the first Indian batsman to be dismissed as he fell for 43 to Fabian Allen in the 14th over. Rishabh Pant fell soon after but Rohit continued to deal in boundaries as the hosts approached an imposing total. The stand-in India skipper registered his fourth T20I ton in the final over of the innings as the hosts posted 195-2 in their 20 overs.
In reply, the visitors did not get off to the best of starts with Khaleel Ahmed striking twice in the powerplay overs. The India pacer removed Shai Hope before dismissing the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer in the sixth over. Upon the completion of the powerplay, Kuldeep Yadav struck twice with his first over to remove Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran.
From there on, there was no way back for the visitors who ultimately were restricted to 124-9 in their 20 overs.
The visitors will need to win the clash if they are to keep their chances in the three-match series alive after India won the opening match by five-wickets at Kolkata.
India welcome back Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the fold with the pacer recovering from his gastric issues. Umesh Yadav makes way from the playing XI to felicitate Bhuvneshwar’s return.
The Windies, on the other hand, have brought in Nicholas Pooran into their XI for the clash with Rovman Powell dropped from the line up.
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Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday – their second whitewash in a week following a romp over Australia, also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which Pakistan lost, wants to finally win against New Zealand.
“It’s important to break that losing streak and we need to bring improvement in our performance in one-day internationals,” said Sarfraz on Tuesday.
Pakistan lost the last two matches in a 3-2 series defeat in UAE in 2014, before losing 2-0 in 2015, 2-0 in 2016 and 5-0 in January 2018 – all in New Zealand.
“If you look at our losses most of them were in New Zealand where conditions were different and we lost due to top order failure where we need to improve,” said Sarfraz.
Pakistan also failed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup held in UAE two months ago, losing both their matches against arch-rivals India and going down to Bangladesh in a clash which decided the finalist. India won the Asia Cup by beating Bangladesh.
Sarfraz said a tough opponent in New Zealand – ranked third to Pakistan’s fifth in one-day standings – will help the team build for next year’s World Cup in England.
“New Zealand is a good team of this format but we have momentum of the Twenty20 series so we must win this series and that will help towards building towards the World Cup,” said Sarfraz.
The last two matches are in Abu Dhabi (Friday) and in Dubai (Sunday).
Pakistan then play South Africa in South Africa, Australia (in UAE) and England in England – five one-day internationals each – before the World Cup.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson played down the winning streak against Pakistan, saying it will be a new series.
“It’s a new series and a fresh start,” said Williamson. “I guess it’s a nice statistic to have but at the end of the day, come tomorrow, its a new series.”
Williamson praised Pakistan as a limited over side.
“They are always a strong side and no matter the format,” said Williamson. “They have a lot of depth. We simply know they have been here for some time and they know these conditions and they have had lots of success.
“We are in here for a tough battle.”
New Zealand will welcome pace spearhead Trent Boult who missed the Twenty20 series due to personal reasons while also adding batsman George Worker and spinner Ajaz Patel (as a cover for injured Todd Astle) in the squad.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, George Worker
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari
Umpires: Joe Wilson (WIS) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
Tv umpire: Nigel LIong (ENG)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)
Led by fine efforts from Brandon Mavuta, Sikandar Raza and Kyle Jarvis, Zimbabwe put Bangladesh to the sword on the fourth day of the opening Test to bowl out the hosts for 169 in the second innings.
Having set Bangladesh a daunting fourth innings target of 320 runs, Zimbabwe picked up all of the required 10 wickets on the fourth day to seal a remarkable triumph.
Bangladesh openers Imrul Kayes and Liton Das had given the hosts hope by stitching together a 56-run stand for the opening wicket. That stubborn partnership was finally broken by Raza who trapped Das plumb in front of the wicket.
Jarvis accounted for Mominul Haque soon after before Raza returned to dismiss the well-set Kayes. Raza had his third wicket of the day when he dismissed the dangerous Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah for 16.
However, it was a day which belonged to Zimbabwe debutant Brandon Mavuta who picked up the wicket of Nazmul Hossain on the stroke of lunch to reduce the hosts to 111-5.
Post lunch, Mavuta accounted for Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan and Nazmul Islam as Bangladesh folded inside two sessions on the penultimate day.
Sean Williams was awarded the player-of-the-match for his important 88-run knock which helped Zimbabwe post 282 in their first innings.
This was only the third away Test win in Zimbabwe’s history. Their last win outside of home in this format had come against the same opponents in 2001 at Chittagong with the visitors triumphing by eight wickets on that occasion.
Zimbabwe first innings: 282 all out
Bangladesh first innings: 143 all out
Zimbabwe second innings: 181 all out
Bangladesh second innings: 169 all out
Imrul Kayes: 43 (103)
Brandon Mavuta: 4-21
Sikandar Raza: 3-41