Fans can watch the India vs. Zimbabwe cricket match live online and see if the Zimbabwe squad can build some momentum from their first win over the visitors in the series, or whether India can get back on track.
After getting shut out in the One-Day International matches that started the series, Zimbabwe finally broke through with a win in the first T20I match between the two. The teams will now meet again on Monday for the second T20I match, with start time scheduled for 1 p.m. local time (11 a.m. GMT).
Fans who watch the India vs. Zimbabwe cricket match live online will see if Zimbabwe can bring the same intensity and move toward what would be their first win ever in a T20I series of two or more games. A win on Monday would give the home fans even more to be excited for as the series continues and a much-needed boost to a team that’s a relative newcomer on the international scene.
But the series could also be a chance for India to turn around its fortunes. The team has a very new-look squad, with an influx of players new to the international scene including Manish Pandey and Karun Nair. The Indian team also left at home some of the international regulars, including Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Suresh Raina.
For the Indian team and for captain MS Dhoni, it’s a chance to give some valuable experience to the players who could become the core of the international team in the future.
“MS [Dhoni] is very excited to be part of a young bunch of players,” Sanjay Bangar, India’s interim coach, told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s been a long time since he is getting an opportunity to play with younger players and pass on his experience.”
As ESPNcricinfo noted, the opening T20I loss to Zimbabwe will help the Indian squad see the work that still needs to be done.
“For India, the wake-up call is timely – perhaps even welcome. Things seemed to be coming too easily to them in the ODI leg of the tour. On Saturday, however, they were put under serious pressure for the first time. They were reminded that sloppy mistakes can be very costly, even against unfancied oppositions. How will India’s young side respond, now that they know they are in a genuine contest, with the series on the line?”
Fans who watch the India vs. Zimbabwe cricket match live online could see another bit of drama for the Men in Blue. India is seeking a full-time coach, and is reportedly trimming down the list as the series in Zimbabwe continues.
As The Hindu noted, time is starting to run out for the team to select its next coach.
“The ‘holy trinity’ of the BCCI — Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman, will have a tough time, along with Sanjay Jagdale, in selecting the Team India coach. The name will have to be announced before the Virat Kohli-led team embarks on a four-Test series to West Indies. June 22 will be the day.”
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