The final and decisive T20I between Zimbabwe and India will take place on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Harare Sports Club. With the series evenly poised at 1-1, both teams will be keen to clinch the series in this encounter. Zimbabwe’s surprising win in the first match and India’s dominant performance in the second have set the stage for a thrilling third game.

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So far, the series has been a mix of unexpected turns and powerful comebacks. Zimbabwe pulled off a shock victory in the first T20I, defending a low total of 115 with impressive bowling. Led by Sikandar Raza and Tendai Chatara, Zimbabwe’s bowlers kept India on the back foot, ultimately sealing a 13-run victory. This upset highlighted Zimbabwe’s potential to challenge stronger teams with disciplined bowling and strategic field placements.

India, however, showed their class in the second T20I. Electing to bat first, they amassed a formidable 234/2, driven by a spectacular century from Abhishek Sharma and a solid fifty from Ruturaj Gaikwad. The pair’s partnership laid a strong foundation, and contributions from middle-order batter Rinku Singh ensured India posted an imposing total. India’s bowlers then delivered a clinical performance, bundling Zimbabwe out for 134, with Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, and Ravi Bishnoi leading the charge. This dominant 100-run victory underlined India’s strength and depth.

As the teams head into the third T20I, Zimbabwe must address their batting and bowling inconsistencies. They will need their top-order to deliver significant scores and their bowlers to replicate the discipline shown in the first match. Maintaining an aggressive and confident approach from the second T20I will be crucial for India. With a talented and youthful squad, they will aim to exploit Zimbabwe’s weaknesses and clinch the series.

Probable Playing XI


  1. Wesley Madhevere
  2. Innocent Kaia
  3. Brian Bennett
  4. Sikandar Raza (c)
  5. Dion Myers
  6. Johnathan Campbell
  7. Clive Madande (wk)
  8. Wellington Masakadza
  9. Luke Jongwe
  10. Tendai Chatara
  11. Blessing Muzarabani


  1. Shubman Gill (c)
  2. Abhishek Sharma
  3. Ruturaj Gaikwad
  4. Sai Sudharsan
  5. Riyan Parag
  6. Dhruv Jurel (wk)
  7. Rinku Singh
  8. Washington Sundar
  9. Ravi Bishnoi
  10. Mukesh Kumar
  11. Avesh Khan

Key Players


Sikandar Raza: Raza’s all-around capabilities make him a key player for Zimbabwe. Despite not scoring big with the bat, he was pivotal with the ball in the first T20I, taking three crucial wickets. His leadership and ability to perform under pressure will be vital.

Blessing Muzarabani: A cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s bowling attack, Muzarabani’s height and pace make him a challenging bowler. He has been effective in both matches, picking up crucial wickets and maintaining a decent economy rate. His ability to exploit the bounce at Harare will be essential.

Brian Bennett: The young batter has shown flashes of potential in the series, including a quick-fire 26 off nine balls in the second match. His aggressive approach can provide the impetus Zimbabwe needs at the top of the order.


Abhishek Sharma: Fresh off a brilliant century in the second T20I, Sharma’s aggressive batting style at the top of the order sets the tone for India. His ability to dominate the bowlers and score quickly will be crucial for India’s success.

Ruturaj Gaikwad: Consistency has been Gaikwad’s hallmark, providing stability and runs at the top of the order. His composed innings of 77 in the last game showcased his ability to anchor the innings and accelerate when needed.

Ravi Bishnoi: The young leg-spinner has been instrumental in the middle overs, picking up key wickets and controlling the flow of runs. His performances in both matches have been impressive, and he will continue to use his good form.

Match Prediction

Considering the performances in the first two matches, India appear to have the upper hand going into the third T20I. Their emphatic win in the second game demonstrated their depth and quality. However, Zimbabwe has proven they can compete at this level and will be eager to bounce back. If Zimbabwe’s top-order can fire and their bowlers can replicate the discipline of the first T20I, they have a chance to upset India. Nevertheless, based on current form and overall squad strength, India is favoured to win the match and take the series.

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