India take on Zimbabwe in the first match of a T20 cricket trilogy Saturday in Harare, a match that will stream live and which the hosts hope will offer them a measure of redemption after a horrific and humiliating three-match One Day International series so totally dominated by India that, at one point, Zimbabwe lost more wickets on four balls than India lost in all three games.
That embarrassing occasion came for Zimbabwe in the third match of the ODI series on Wednesday, when the hosts stood at a respectable 102 for a loss of just three heading into the 32nd over. But by the start of the 34th over, Zimbabwe were 104 for seven after Jasprit Bumrah finished the 32nd with a pair of back-to-back wickets, and Axar Patel opened the 33rd with another two in a row.
— ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2016
Amazingly, India, who went on to win the third ODI without losing a single wicket, and with 169 balls remaining, lost only three wickets in the entire series. That ties the record for an ODI series of at least two matches, equaling their own record set in 1984 during that year’s Asia Cup.
With the 3-0 whitewash, Captain M.S. Dhoni claimed his place as the first India ODI captain ever to lead his team in three series whitewashes, and the three wins gave him 107 for his career, tied for second-most all time with 1980s-era Australia Captain Allan Border.
Watch the amazing four-wicket, four-ball performance by India bowlers in the third ODI match against Zimbabwe in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the first India vs. Zimbabwe T20 International match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball in the T20 match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central Africa Time at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe’s capital city of Harare, on Saturday, June 18. Viewers in India can watch the live stream starting at 4:30 p.m., India Standard Time.
Fans in the United States can watch the India vs. Zimbabwe T20 cricket match stream live starting at 7 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 a.m. Pacific.
India take a 3-0 whitewash in the series with Zimbabwe with a 10 wicket win in the final ODI pic.twitter.com/iTLoXnpKBM
— ICC (@ICC) June 15, 2016
Among other India achievements in the three-ODI series against Zimbabwe, Bumrah took 11 wickets in the series, the most of any India bowler after only four ODI matches.
Another early-career milestone belonged to K.L. Rahul, who tallied 196 runs, behind only Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose 199 runs make for the Indian record for scoring in the first three ODI matches of an international cricket career.
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Star Sports will carry a live stream of the first India vs. Zimbabwe T20 cricket international match at this link, for viewers in India. But the most reliable way to watch the India vs. Zimbabwe T20 first match of a three-match series, via live stream in the United States, is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link. Fans can also use The Willow app for mobile devices or on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here with a monthly subscription fee.
There are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including Saturday’s India vs. Zimbabwe T20 international match, such as the offer at this link. The best bet would be the one-month free trial of Sling TV’s International Sports Package, which includes Willow. Information on that deal can be found at this link. The India-based site CricHD will also carry a stream at this link.
[Featured Photo By Tsvangirai Mukwazhi / Associated Press]