India look to reclaim pride in T20 series against Zim
After the humiliation they suffered in the ODI tri-series, India will look to make amends and take revenge against giant-slayers Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International today.cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2010 01:43 IST
After the humiliation they suffered in the ODI tri-series, India will look to make amends and take revenge against giant-slayers Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday.
With with a second-string team, India were dumped out of the just-concluded tri-series after suffering back-to-back defeats against the spirited Zimbabweans.
The break that followed their tri-series ouster has given Suresh Raina's men enough time to chalk out their plans to avoid another stunner from Elton Chigumbura's fighting side. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Raina himself are the men in form and would look to continue their run in the two T20s.
A lot would be expected from Twenty20 specialist Yusuf Pathan, who would be aiming to prove his worth after being dropped from the ODI squad for the Asia Cup.
On the bowling front, the Indian spin attack would be bolstered by the arrival of Piyush Chawla as Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha have not made a mark so far on the tour. The pace department is not too impressive either with the bowlers conceding too many runs for too few wickets.
India- S Raina (capt), M Vijay, D Karthik, V Kohli, R Sharma, Y Pathan, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, U Yadav, A Mithun, A Dinda, P Singh, A Mishra, P Ojha, N Ojha, P Chawla.
Zimbabwe- E Chigumbura (capt), A Blignaut, C Chibhabha, C Coventry, G Cremer, C Ervine, G Lamb, H Masakadza, C Mpofu, R Price, Ed Rainsford, V Sibanda, T Taibu, B Taylor, P Utseya.
First Published: Jun 12, 2010 01:39 IST