Dhoni lauds Zim efforts

HARARE - India cricket captain MS Dhoni, gave his view of the local game urging the authorities to stitch more bilateral tours in order to improve their play.

“Usually in this format, the games get close. Zimbabwe did well, bowled well... they need more games to get better,” Dhoni said.

India completed their tour on a high after holding out to a three-run victory in the last T20 at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday and winning the Prayag Cup series against the hosts 2-1.

Fans and cricket enthusiasts were treated to some electrifying game of cricket throughout the entire 40 overs.

First it was the hosts who took the game to the visitors with some magnificent bowling display to  restrict India to 138/6 in their allotted 20 overs. But had the hosts been more clinical with their fielding, they could have further restricted India to a lower score and enhance their chances of winning the match and the series.

A number of dropped chances and mis-fields gave India numerous life-lines and batsman Kedar Jadhav seized the opportunity to score his maiden T20 half century, a-42-ball 58 runs.

Zimbabwe showed glimpses of brilliance with the bat with a number of batsmen coming to the party temporarily but unlike Jadhav, the locals failed to convert their positive starts into big scores.

Vusi Sibanda, who dropped down the order from his usual opening slot showed how good a batsman he can be on his day with three consecutive boundaries off seamer KL Kulkarni in the fourth over.

He however, fell for 28 runs in the 11th over after he was trapped plum by Kulkarni.

PJ Moor provided entertainment with three huge sixes but was out for 26 while Timycen Maruma was unbeaten on 23 hitting a boundary and two sixes.

But on the overall it was a descent effort from the locals who for long have acted as punching bags to every opposition they face and of late to minnows like Afghanistan.

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer echoed the same sentiments.

“Disappointing, but happy with the way the guys fought. One-Day series was a tough beating. Nice to get a few more games, if we carry on playing, we’ll get better,” Cremer said.

More game time awaits the locals as South Africa A is scheduled to visit the country for two four-day games next month with New Zealand following shortly after for two Tests matches.

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