New Delhi: India will take on Zimbabwe in Harare on Thursday and would look to reach the top of the points table. They are currently behind Sri Lanka with one loss and a win under their belt and a victory here would help add to their chance of making it to the June 9 final.
The Indian side, who were beaten convincingly by the same opponent in their first game, would try to forget that performance and repeat what they did against Sri Lanka in the previous game. Indian bowlers restricted Lanka to 242, while their batsmen reached the target with ease.
In their previous encounter against Zimbabwe, the minnows stunned the young Indian side with their determined effort and chased down a target of 285 with more than an over to spare.
Though Rohit Sharma scored two consecutive centuries and Virat Kohli too looked confident with his knock of 82, a lot is desired from other batsmen, especially the opening combination of Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay. Both the Tamil Nadu players started off confidently in both the games, but gave their wickets away once they looked settled at the crease.
Their lower middle order too looks vulnerable. Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan will have to back their part-time spin bowling with their batting capabilities on a more consistent basis.
Their pace battery comprising Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Mithun and Pankaj Singh is inexperienced and the spinners, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha, will have a big responsibility to carry on their shoulders.
Indian coach Gary Kirsten and young skipper Suresh Raina know it well that slipping here will mean their fate would depend upon the performance of the other teams. In that case, India will have to win their match against Sri Lanka, while they would also pray that Zimbabwe upset the Lankan Lions.