Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was pleased with his bowlers as India decimated Zimbabwe by 10 wickets on Monday in the second T20 to level the three-match series in style, in Harare.
Led by paceman Barinder Sran, who returned with best bowling figures for India on T20 debut with a four-wicket haul, the visitors restricted Zimbabwe to 99 for nine and chased it down with ease.
“It is a big victory. The bowlers started it all, important to start well and they bowled at right length. I was a bit worried that it was the third match on the same wicket and we would have also batted if we had won the toss,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Bowling was backed by some good fielding, I emphasised that we hard to run harder than we did in the last game. In the shorter format, it is very important,” he said.
Sran was adjudged as man of the match for bowling figures of 4/10 from four overs.
“It was fun, the ball swung. There was no pressure, the debut came late. I was not concentrating on pace but on swinging the ball since the pitch was suitable for that kind of bowling,” he said.
Home skipper Graeme Cremer said after scoring just 99, Zimbabwe were out of the game.
“We started slowly and lost wickets at crucial times. It is disappointing after making a good start to the series. The pitch misbehaved a bit but getting bowled out for 99, just not good enough. Final on Wednesday, we still excited, we still believe we can win the series,” he said.