Young, second string Indian cricket team has been on Zimbabwe tour for over a dozen days now but they seemed have lost themselves in African safari, defeated twice by hosts and once by Sri Lanka to see early exit from Micromax cup triseries..
Suresh Raina's captainship, Murali Vijay's failure to adjust to different conditions, Yousuf Pathan's inability to stay at the crease and lack of fast bowling artillery in Indian domestic cricket has been highlighted but on top of all, non stop cricket is hampering India's success rate is no secret anymore.
Now, to finish off the tour, India play Zimbabwe in 2 twenty20 series, on
Start time : scheduled to start at 1pm local Zimbabwe time, this t20 match will be starting at 4.30pm India and Sri Lanka time = 11am GMT = 9pm Melbourne in Australia = 7am Canada = 7pm Hong Kong = 6pm Indonesia = 7pm Malaysia/Singapore = 11pm New Zealand = 4pm Pakistan = 3.30pm Bangladesh = 2pm Saudi Arabia = 1pm South Africa = 7am Trinidad & Tobago in Caribbean = 12noon UK = 4am Los Angeles & 7am New York in US = 3pm Middle East.
How to watch live : since it's last two games for India on tour of Zimbabwe, fans around the world must know which broadcasters are will be showing these two t20 matches but just in case, here's the list of tv channels. Tensports are official broadcasting channel but free to air doordarshan will also show the matches in India.
Head to head : India and Zimbabwe have played 51 one day internationals between them and even 11 tests, but as mentioned in the title - this will be first every twenty20 matches between these two countries.
Overall, India have played 25 T20 matches, won 12 and lost 11 with 1 tied and 1 no result while Zimbabwe have 10 games upto day, winning 3 and losing 6 with 1 tied.
India squad : Suresh Raina (captain), Yusuf Pathan, R Vinay Kumar, Murali Vijay, Naman Ojha (wk), Ashok Dinda, Viart Kohli (vice capt), Ravindra Jadeja, Pankaj Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla.
Zimbabwe squad : Elton Chigumbura (captain), Craig Ervine, Raymond Price, Andy Blignaut, Greg Lamb, Graeme Cremer, Chima Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Ed Rainsford, Charls Coventry, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brendon Taylor, Tatenda Taibu (wk) and Chris Mpofu.
How to buy tickets : if you're in Zimbabwe or around, this ia golden chance to see high profile Indian team in action. Tickets for both these twenty20 matches are available at ZC Eastgate CricShop, Tuskers Office; Queens Sports Club and Maiden Drive Reception Harare Sports Club Commercial Office. Fans can also contact Zimbabwe cricket at +263912744495.
The venue : Harare sports club in capital city of Harare in Zimbabwe will host both these days. Interestingly, these two encounters will be first two twenty20 matches at the venue, the oldest in Zimbabwe, which has hosted 26 tests and 95 one day internationals before this.