After losing out in the first T20I of the three-match series closely, India came into the cricket match needing a win to keep the series. alive. Zimbabwe, who were riding high on confidence after a great win, chose to bat first hoping to put up yet another competitive total.
However, the Indian bowlers had other ideas as they ran through the home side's batting lineup and restricted them to under 100. Barinder Sran had a dream debut and picked up four wickets while Jasprit Bumrah continued his dream run in 2016 as he picked up three wickets.
In reply, the Indian openers took the visitors across the finishing line with ease as they chased down the total with 41 balls remaining. Mandeep Singh reached his maiden T20I fifty as India dominated in all departments. This will make Wednesday's T20I as the decider on who will take home the Prayag Cup.
Here are the major stats from the game:
1 – This was the first match that India won by 10 wickets in T20Is. Their previous best was by nine-wicket margins against UAE and Sri Lanka.
2 – The partnership between Mandeep Singh and KL Rahul was India's second century stand for the opening wicket in T20Is. The first was by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir against England in 2007.
2 – Barinder Sran became the second Indian bowler to pick up more than two wickets in an over in T20Is. Ashok Dinda was the first to do it for India, against Sri Lanka in 2012.
3 – Barinder Sran and Dhawal Kulkarni are the third debutant pair to open the bowling for India in T20Is. Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth in 2006 and Jaydev Unadkat and Rishi Dhawan in the first T20I of this series are the other two pairs.
3/11 – Jasprit Bumrah's bowling figures are his best in T20Is. His previous best was 3/23.
4/10 – Barinder Sran's bowling figures are the best for an Indian bowler on T20I debut. The previous best was 4/21 by Pragyan Ojha. These are also the second best bowling figures for an Indian bowler in T20Is.
4/10 – Barinder Sran's bowling figures are the second best bowling figures for a debutant bowler, with Elias Sunny of Bangladesh having the best figures for a debutant with 5/13 to his name.
5 – Barinder Sran became the fifth Indian player to win the man-of-the-match award on T20I debut.
6 – This is the sixth time that India have restricted an opponent to a score of below 100 in T20Is. England, UAE, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia are the other five opponents.
8 – Indian pace bowlers picked up eight wickets in this match. This is the joint second-highest for India in any T20I. The highest is 9 wickets against Pakistan in 2007.
13 – Since 2015, 13 Indian players have made their T20Is debuts against Zimbabwe. Seven of those made their debuts in this series.
24 – Japrit Bumrah now has 24 wickets in T20Is in 2016. This is the highest for any bowler this year. Bumrah is just three wickets behind Dirk Nannes, who was the record for most wickets in a calendar year when he picked up 27 wickets in 2010.
41 – India won the match with 41 balls remaining. This was the second highest margin (with regard to balls remaining) by which India won a T20I match. The highest was with 59 balls remaining.
99/9 – Zimbabwe's total against India is their third lowest in T20Is. This is the lowest Zimbabwe have scored in Harare.