ABHISHEK’S BLITZKRIEG HAMMERS ZIM

INDIA came back from a defeat in the opening game with a bullish 100-run victory over hosts Zimbabwe in the second T20I in Harare yesterday.  Abhishek Sharma’s 46-ball hundred, the… The post ABHISHEK’S BLITZKRIEG HAMMERS ZIM appeared first on H-Metro.

ABHISHEK’S BLITZKRIEG HAMMERS ZIM

INDIA came back from a defeat in the opening game with a bullish 100-run victory over hosts Zimbabwe in the second T20I in Harare yesterday. 

Abhishek Sharma’s 46-ball hundred, the joint third-fastest by an Indian in T20Is, helped Shubman Gill’s side rack up 234/2 after opting to bat, the highest total against Zimbabwe on what Ruturaj Gaikwad reckoned was a “tough” and “two paced” surface. 

It surely played like that in the second innings, when India’s pacers and spinners combined forces to bowl out Sikandar Raza’s side for only 134 and inflicted on them their joint-biggest defeat by runs in the format.

Abhishek Sharma’s whirlwind knock, which featured 7 fours and 8 sixes, belied the nature of the used pitch on which the teams operated and helped India move past a mediocre PowerPlay and set the stage for the likes of Rinku Singh to do what they do so well. 

As many as 160 runs were scored in the final 10 overs, the most by a Full Member team in T20Is.

Abhishek Sharma opening his account with a six was a sign of things to come but Shubman Gill’s early wicket perhaps meant that the fireworks had to wait. 

The wicket-maiden from Blessing Muzarabai, that saw Gill dismissed and Ruturaj Gaikwad’s return chance dropped, was the highlight of the first six overs which were largely about India steadily recovering from losing their captain early on. 

That the duo was able to put on a 137-run stand, the highest partnership by India against Zimbabwe, was of course down to a lot of skill and power-hitting but also some luck. 

Abhishek was on 28* off 24 when he was dropped by Wellington Masakadza at long-off but the opening batter didn’t look back after that. 

He got to his fifty off 33 balls, laying into Sikandar Raza and Dion Meyers in the process, the latter conceding 28 runs in a single over. 

Abhishek would take only 13 more balls to get to his maiden T20I hundred, getting to the milestone with a hat-trick of sixes against Masakadza.

 He would fall next ball, caught at backward point, but the damage had been done. All the 7 sixes during this phase was hit by Abhishek, with Ruturaj proving to be the ideal steady foil at the other end. – Cricbuzz

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