Yashasvi Jaiswal remains focused as India prepare to make a statement against Zimbabwe in the third T20I

Yashasvi Jaiswal remains focused as India prepare to make a statement against Zimbabwe in the third T20I

India face a tough choice between Yashasvi Jaiswal and Abhishek Sharma for the third T20I against Zimbabwe.



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Indian cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal is expected to deliver an explosive performance in the third T20 match against Zimbabwe.

Harare: India will be hard-pressed to choose between the seemingly effortless brilliance of Yashav Jaiswal and the uber-cool aggression of Abhishek Sharma to make room for members of the World Cup-winning squad in the third T20 international against Zimbabwe here on Wednesday.

The arrival of Jaiswal, Sanju Samson and Shivam Dubey, all of whom were part of the main squad during last month's title win, gives the Indian team a strong form in the most important match of the series as the visitors prepare to come home. Advantage of a booster shot that leveled the series by 100 runs in the second match.

Abhishek, the left-handed opener, did enough to make it a pre-series knock in his second game with a 46-ball century and saw the opening of the innings.

However, Jaiswal, who has a strike rate of over 161 in 17 T20I matches with a century and four half-centuries, claims to be the first-choice reserve opener as opening partner to skipper Shubman Gill. T20 team.

Although rare, it is not uncommon for batsmen to be dropped in the very next match after a milestone innings.

Manoj Tiwary's first ODI century against the West Indies in 2011 and Karun Nair's triple century against England in 2016 gained prominence.

But skipper Gill won't let that happen to his best friend from his Under-14 days and the man who scored his first international century with the Willows took over from the former player.

So, one of the two southpaws would have batted at a drop. Sanju Samson, who usually bats at number 3 for Rajasthan Royals, may come in at number 5, while Ruturaj Gaikwad, who bats at number 3, may slot in at number 4.

Looking at the changes in the playing eleven, Jaiswal is likely to replace B Sai Mudrasan, who was only picked for the first two matches.

Dhruv Jurel will be replaced by Samson, who had a good innings behind the wicket.

Dubey, the only player who was part of the T20 World Cup playing eleven, is likely to replace Ryan Parag. The impressive batting could be even bigger for Zimbabwe's spinners during the Back-10.

As for Zimbabwe, their batting left a lot to be desired, scoring 115 runs in the first innings and 134 in the second essay while chasing 235 runs.

On the Harare Sports Club track where there is little extra bounce available for spinners, Ravi Bishnoi (6/24 in 8 overs) and Washington Sundar (3/39 in 8 overs) have been unplayable at times.

Bishnoi, who usually bowls 20 to 22 googlies in his 24 balls, varied his pace brilliantly and with home skipper Sikandar Raza quiet, the other batsmen did not look good enough to deal with the Indian bowling attack.

A shock 13-run defeat in the opener was a timely wake-up call for the young visitors and it was better to play without five specialist bowlers in the second game where batting first proved beneficial.

For skipper Gill, a good score will be needed after two dry spells and he is a thrice-missing player. This could be an ominous sign for the home team's bowlers, who lack a fast pacer.

In short, this could be another one-sided game.

Team (from):

India: Shubman Gill (captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Abhishek Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dubey, Rinku Singh, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Rian Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Khalil Ahmed, Tushar Deshpande.

Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza (captain), Faraj Akram, Brian Bennett, Jonathan Campbell, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhewere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Ashirwad Muzarabani, Ashirwad Muzarabani, D. Richard Ngarawa, Milton Shumba.

The match will start at 4:30 PM IST.




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