India hoping to bounce back strong

Published: Friday, June 11, 2010, 17:46 [IST]
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India vrs Zimbabwe T20

After their humiliating exit in the group stages of the Tri-Nations tournament in Zimbabwe, India are hoping to bounce back strongly against the Zimbabwe side and are on a lookout to settle the score.

The Indian team with young faces lost the plot against the Zimbabwean losing both the matches against them and losing a crucial encounter against the Sri Lankans to crash out of the Tri-Nations series.

On the other side, Zimbabweans played some good cricket to thrash the Indian side and to win a good match against the Sri Lankans before losing against the latter in the finals of the Tri-Nations series. They would be hoping to continue on with their good show against the Indians in the T20 match scheduled to be played on Saturday. Though they lost against the Sri Lankans in the finals they would be high on confidence to face off against the Indians.

Taylor has been in spectacular form.And rest of the batsmen have also made contributions to their batting helping them overcome two matches against the Indians and a their second match against the Sri Lankans.

Veteran Prosper Utseya has shaped the bowling attack for the home team along with fellow spinner Graeme Cremer and they would be hoping to rip apart the Indian batsmen who will be facing the heat to come out with a good performance in the T20.

Indian openers in the form of Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay failed to miserably during the series and the Indians will be looking out for other options.
Meanwhile Rohit Sharma, captain Suresh Raina and Virat Kholi are the men in form and would hope to continue on with their good run of form in the T20 match against the home team.

Yousuf Pathan after being dropped of the national side for the Asia would be hoping to make a statement to the selctors.

On the bowling front, the Indian spin attack would be bolstered by the arrival of Piyush Chawla as Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha have not made a mark so far on the tour.

But the pace department still looks an area of concern for the Indian with the likes of Ashok Dindas and Umesh Yadavs conceding too many runs for too few wickets.

The Teams:

India: Suresh Raina (captain), M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashok Dinda, Pankaj Singh, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Naman Ojha, Piyush Chawla.

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Andy Blignaut, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Greg Lamb, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford, Vusi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya.


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