India out to avoid upset as history beckons for Zimbabwe


India will be out to avoid an upset in the decisive Twenty20 international of their three-match series against Zimbabwe in Harare.

After a humiliating 3-0 defeat in the one-day international series, Zimbabwe bounced back with a two-run triumph in the opening T20I.

However, the batting collapses that plagued their ODI clashes quickly returned, with Barinder Sran (4-10) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-11) tearing into Zimbabwe before India comfortably chased down a target of 100.

Mandeep Singh scored 52 off 40 deliveries as he and Lokesh Rahul (47) levelled the series with ease.

A change in focus away from a result-driven approach helped India ensure the third match would not be a dead rubber, claimed Mandeep.

"We were thinking about focusing on our process rather than thinking too much about the result," he said.

"Obviously, we want to win the series, but if we always think about winning then it will be like building up pressure. So we were trying to focus on the process."

Peter Moor came into the Zimbabwe starting XI for the second match, replacing wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami, who missed out with a hip injury sustained after being hit by a ball.

After top-scoring for his team with 31, Moor is expected to hold onto his place, while India are unlikely to make changes to their successful formula.

Another win for Zimbabwe would see them triumph in a T20I series of two or more matches for the first time in their history.