Gill and company won the second consecutive T20 match, took a 2-1 lead in the series

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The Indian team took a 2-1 lead in the 5-match T20 series Shubman Gill scored the most runs with 66 runs Rituraj Gaikwad missed his half-century by one run

New Delhi. The Indian cricket team defeated Zimbabwe by 23 runs in the third T20 match and took a 2-1 lead in the 5-match series. Chasing the target of 183 runs set by India, the entire Zimbabwe team returned to the pavilion after scoring 159 runs for 6 wickets. In this match played at Harare Sports Club, captain Shubman Gill scored the highest 66 runs for India while Rituraj Gaikwad missed a half-century by one run. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal made a comeback by scoring 36 runs. The Indian team came out with not one or two but four openers in this match. Yashasvi, Gill, Abhishek and Rituraj came together in this match. The fourth T20 match of the series will be played on the same ground on July 13.

While chasing the target, Zimbabwe had a very bad start. The host team lost 5 wickets at a score of 39. Opener Wesley Madhevere was dismissed after scoring one run while Marumani returned to the pavilion after scoring 13 runs. Brian Bennett contributed 4 runs. Captain Sikandar Raza returned to the pavilion after playing an innings of 15 runs while Jonathan Campbell scored one run. Avesh Khan gave India the first breakthrough while Khalil gave Zimbabwe the second blow by getting Marumani caught by Shivam Dubey. Wicketkeeper Clive Madende was dismissed after scoring 37 runs. Dion Myers scored the highest unbeaten 65 runs while Masakadza returned unbeaten after scoring 18 runs. For India, Washington Sundar took 3 wickets while Avesh Khan took 2 wickets.

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Gill played an innings of 66 runs
Batting first against Zimbabwe, India scored 182 runs for 4 wickets with the help of captain Shubman Gill's half-century. Opener Gill scored 66 runs in 49 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes, apart from sharing 67 runs for the first wicket with Yashasvi Jaiswal (36) and 62 runs for the third wicket with Rituraj Gaikwad (49) to take the team to a strong score.

Raza-Mujrabani took 2-2 wickets
For Zimbabwe, captain Sikandar Raza took two wickets for 24 runs while Blessing Muzarabani took two wickets for 25 runs. Gill won the toss and decided to bat first and gave the team a great start by adding 55 runs without losing a wicket in the power play with Jaiswal. Jaiswal hit two fours and a six in the very first over of off-spinner Brian Bennett while Gill hit two fours and a six in the next over of left-arm fast bowler Richard Nagarwa.

Jaiswal got a lifeline on the score of 29
Jaiswal also hit a four and a six on consecutive balls of fast bowler Tendai Chatara. On the personal score of 29 runs, Tadiwanashe Marumani gave Jaiswal a life at sweeper cover on Chatara's ball. However, he could not take advantage of it and got caught by Bennett at backward point on Raza's ball in the next over. He faced 27 balls and hit four fours and two sixes.

Last match's centurion Abhishek was out after scoring 10 runs
Abhishek Sharma, who scored a century in the last match, was caught by Marumani off Raza's ball after scoring just 10 runs. After this, Gill and Gaikwad took the innings forward. Both hit sixes off Wesley Madhevere in the 13th over. India's century of runs was completed in this over. Gill completed his half-century in 36 balls with a four off Chatara. Gill and Gaikwad also hit sixes off Raza in the 17th over. However, after this, Gill got caught by Raza after waving Mujarbani's bouncing ball in the air, while Gaikwad also missed the half-century by one run by getting caught by Madhevere in the last over of this fast bowler. Gaikwad hit four fours and three sixes in his 28-ball innings.

tag: India vs Zimbabwe, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal

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