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Twitter Reactions: Captain Gill leads by example, another impressive outing for bowlers

Twitter Reactions: Captain Gill leads by example, another impressive outing for bowlers

Shubman Gill (Source :Twitter)

Ahead of the third T20I against Zimbabwe in Harare, there were a lot of talks regarding India’s composition, especially with Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube coming to the set-up. Either Ruturaj Gaikwad or Abhishek Sharma was expected to sit out to make room for Jaiswal but interestingly, the team management backed all four openers. Shubman Gill opened alongside Jaiswal while Abhishek was sent at three and Gaikwad at four.

Gill was criticised for the same as he backed himself over in-form Abhishek as an opener. However, the captain led from the front and had an excellent outing against the Chevrons. He stitched a partnership of 67 runs and after Jaiswal’s dismissal, he took care of the business, hitting 66 runs off 49 deliveries. Batting at number three, Abhishek failed as he made 10 runs off nine balls.

Ruturaj, despite batting in a new position, looked impressive. The Pune-born cricketer smashed 49 runs off 28 balls as India posted 182 runs in the first innings. Towards the end, Sanju Samson looked in good touch but he didn’t get enough balls to make a significant impact.

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When it came to the chase, Zimbabwe tried to play an aggressive brand of cricket but it didn’t go in their favour. Avesh Khan once again had a sensational time with the new ball, picking up two wickets in the powerplay. He sent Wessly Madhevere and Brian Bennett for one and four runs respectively while the returning Khaleel Ahmed picked up the wicket of Tadiwanashe Marumani.

Zimbabwe were reduced to 19/3 and there was no comeback for them. After the powerplay, Gill introduced Washington Sundar, who picked up the wickets of Sikandar Raza and Johnathan Campbell in his first over. After that, Dion Myers and Clive Mandande looked in good touch as the prior scored a half-century but they couldn’t take the team close to the target. They eventually lost the match by 23 runs, helping India take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Here’s how X reacted:

In spite of 34 runs from the final two overs, India win easily in Harare by 23 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the five match series!#ZIMvIND

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