India outrun Zimbabwe in T20

HARARE Zimbabwe- India beat Zimbabwe by 54 runs in their first Twenty20, leaving them just a win away from a complete sweep on the limited-overs tour.

India, who won the one-day series 3-0, posted 5-178 batting first at Harare Sports Club on Friday with contributions from stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane (33), fellow opener Murali Vijay (34), and 39 not out from Robin Uthappa.

Seamer Chris Mpofu took 3-33 after being called into Zimbabwe, the only bowler to have an impact.

Hamilton Masakadza (28) and Chamu Chibhabha (23) combined for a 55-run opening stand for Zimbabwe in the chase, but recalled offspinner Harbhajan Singh removed Chibhabha and Charles Coventry, and Zimbabwe struggled after suddenly being 5-82.

Axar Patel took three for 17 and Zimbabwe finished on 7-124 in its 20 overs.

The second T20, the final game of the tour, is tomorrow.

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