Zimbabwe need to summon a lot of batting discipline if they want to score a historic T20 series win against India at home. After drawing first blood, Zimbabwe crashed to a horror defeat in the second T20 largely due to their inept batting.
Full credit to India’s quick bowlers – Barinder Sran and Jasprit Bumrah took eight wickets between them on Monday – for taking full advantage of poor application by the Zimbabweans. Sran’s four-for was a career high while Bumrah remains India’s lead quickie in the absence of seniors.
Bumrah is chasing a piece of history. He needs three more wickets to equal Dirk Nannes’ record of most T20 international wickets in a year. Nannes took 27 wickets in 2010, Bumrah has 24 from 18 matches so far in 2016.
India are unlikely to tamper with the XI that won the second T20. For Hamilton Masakadza, this will be his 50th T20 international. A good batting show from the veteran opener and the top order is just what Zimbabwe will hope for on a big day.