Indian captain Suresh Raina collected cheques for man of the match and the series at Harare Sports Club on Sunday as his side completed a weekend double over Zimbabwe in their short Twenty20 series here.
“We can go home on a high note after a difficult start to the tour,” he said after the match. “We have done rather well overall.”
In reply to 140 scored by the hosts, Raina and Murali Vijay led the scoring with determination adding 79 for the second wicket, and got India home with seven wickets and two overs to spare.
Raina hit 72 not out in only 44 balls while Vijay was slightly more sedate with 46 in 39 balls.
Zimbabwe might have done better with the bat had they attacked earlier. They scored only 47 from their first 10 overs, even though they lost only two wickets. Charles Coventry’s 28 off 13 balls and Tatenda Taibu’s unbeaten 45 run knock were the cornerstone in the teams innings.
India coach Gary Kirsten though was full of praise for the way his young team responded to the challenge.
“They had to play together and not in the comfort of having senior players,” he told AFP. “It was all good exposure. It also gave established seniors the chance of a rest. These play more than 100 days cricket a year.”
He said the tour to Zimbabwe had been worthwhile for India's long term preparations towards the World Cup scheduled in India, next year.