HARARE: Chamu Chibhabha hit a career-best 67 but a lack of support meant that Zimbabwe were restricted to 145 for seven in the second Twenty20 international against India at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Chibhabha’s attractive innings came from 51 balls and included nine fours, but nobody else in the Zimbabwe side could manage more than fellow opener Hamilton Masakadza’s 19, leaving India with a moderate chase to make it five wins out of five on tour.
Sikandar Raza Butt took the reins for Zimbabwe after regular captain Elton Chigumbura failed to recover from an injury picked up in Friday’s 54-run defeat in the series opener, and the hosts looked set for a challenging total when they reached 85 for two after 11 overs.
However the departure of Sean Williams for 17 led to a string of wickets in the final stages as the innings petered out.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers, claiming two wickets in his final over with some deadly yorkers to record figures of 2 for 26.
India handed an international debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson as offspinner Harbhajan Singh sat out the game, but Robin Uthappa kept the gloves for the tourists.