After the 23-run defeat against India in the third T20I of the series on Wednesday, Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza said they conceded 20 extra runs in the first innings which cost them a match loss. In the first innings, Raza took two wickets for 24 runs in his four-over spell. Meanwhile, he scored 15 runs off 16 balls in the second innings and hit 3 fours. Talking after the match, Raza said that he was proud of his team’s fielding. He admitted that he still has problems in the top order but will make a comeback in the upcoming matches.

“I think it’s the fielding again, we’re proud of our fielding but the wheels came off today, we gave away 20 extra runs and we lost by 23 runs. We still have issues at the top but I’m over them. We are confident that some time will come. We have tried 15 different partners (openers) in the last one-and-a-half years,” Raza said.

He added that senior players need to step up and cannot afford to make mistakes in the match.

There is a lot of cricket going on in the country and club cricket has recovered, it’s time our players including me take responsibility, the mistakes that youngsters make are acceptable but senior players need to step up. You cannot solve a problem. Making another issue, we have picked 3 openers for one reason (on Mazarabani) he has been brilliant, but the rewards don’t come in the long run. Come on,” he added.

Resuming the match, India decided to bat first. A fine 67-run partnership between Yashvi Jaiswal (36 off 27 balls, with four fours and two sixes) and skipper Shubman started things off for India. Later Shubman (66 off 49 balls, with seven fours and three sixes) put on a 72-run partnership with Rutoraj Gaikwad (49 off 28 balls, with four fours and three sixes). India scored 182/4 in their 20 overs.

Blessing Mazarbani (2/25) and Sikandar Raza (2/24) were the standout bowlers for Zimbabwe.

Chasing 183, India found Zimbabwe struggling at 39/5. Later, a 77-run partnership between Devon Myers (65* off 49 balls, with seven fours and a six) and Clive Mudande (37 off 26 balls with two fours and two sixes) breathed new life into Zimbabwe’s innings. granted However, the Indian bowlers made a timely comeback to keep Zimbabwe at 159/6 at the end of their 20 overs.

Washington Sundar (3/15) and Avesh Khan (2/39) were the top bowlers for India. Khalil Ahmed also got one wicket each.

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