Having only made his International T20 debut for India in the disappointing defeat to today’s opponents on Saturday, Mandeep Singh scored his first T20 fifty as India made up for that defeat with a 10 wicket victory.
India restricted Zimbabwe to just 99 runs, as their bowlers came back to form. Four wickets in four overs, for a meagre ten runs, for Barinder Sran set the tone early. Sran was making his T20 International debut, and showed some good potential. Only Peter Moor showed any sort of resistance, as he managed to score 31. Wickets fell with alarming regularity, including three in four balls, as Zimbabwe crumbled.
Jasprit Bumrah also had a good day with the ball, taking three wickets for just eleven runs, in his four over spell.
In their innings, India had little difficulty reaching their target of 100 to win. Opening batsmen Lokesh Rahul and the aforementioned Mandeep Singh both faces forty balls, with Singh managing to reach fifty-two and Rahul forty-seven. Singh hit six fours and one six. The winning run was scored by Singh to bring up his fifty, hitting a square cut over the infield for four.
On the added pressure after the defeat on Saturday Singh said, “Call it pressure or nervousness, whatever you want,” he explained. “But when you go in to bat, it becomes a little easier, at least for me. At that time, I just thought, the target is 100, how do I achieve that.”
“Once I’m inside, these things don’t bother me, that the selectors are watching, that this series is very important. Before the match these things do play on my mind, this series is obviously very important, but honestly, once I go in, it’s only, I have to bat, and win the match, and obviously, reading the wicket, what is the situation. So it’s a good thing that I forget the pressure once I’m in.”