Harare,July 20: Indian cricket skipper Ajinkya Rahane has credited Zimbabwe for pulling off a brilliant win in the second T20 international to square the two-match series 1-1.
Zimbabwe lost the three-match One-Day international series 0-3 and then went down in the first T20 match but bounced back superbly to claim the second T20 by 10 runs at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
"We have to give credit to Zimbabwe. I thought they played really well today. Their bowling and fielding was really up to the mark," Rahane said.
The Indian captain also believes losing three-four quick wickets gave Zimbabwe back the momentum which they held onto till the end. Chasing a target of 146 runs, India batting floundered and could only manage 135.
"Since we lost those three-four wickets, it automatically gave them the momentum and pumped them up. Their energy was good. The way their spinners bowled, it brought them back in the game.They mixed up their pace well and used the slowness of the wicket to their advantage. We also had two run-outs and they took two very good , he also said."
India were jolted at the very beginning of their run chase as Rahane was run out in the first over. Robin Uthappa (42) and Murali Vijay (14) steadied the innings with a 53-run partnership. India then lost three wickets in the next three overs, which put their chase in jeopardy. With 45 required off the last six overs, the captain said India still believed they could pull off a win. READ: India lost to Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI due to poor batting, says Ajinkya Rahane.
"Robin and Vijay were batting very well. We were 57 for one after six overs and then lost the momentum. We couldn't get another partnership going to wrest back the control. We accept that we didnít bat well," he said.