The third t20 game was played between Zimbabwe and India to decide the winner of the series as score line suggested 1-1 after two games played. India once again edged ahead at crucial moments to win the final t20 game by 3 runs as Barindar Sran successfully managed to defend 21 runs in the last over. Indian bowlers put in a remarkable performance to defend 138 runs on the board.
In the reply, Zimbabwe got off to decent start but suffered an early setback of Chamu Chibhabha who went for 5 runs to leave the side at 17 for 1 after 3 overs. Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza did put up a fight but could not convert their starts into big scores as both batsmen were dismissed at crucial times to leave the side at 60 for 3 after 10 overs.Peter Moor came out with a aggressive intent and was looking dangerous as he struck 26 runs off 21 balls to keep the side in the hunt to chase down the score. The side eventually fell agonizingly short of victory as they lost the game by 3 runs.
Earlier in the day, India were put into bat as Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field first. India started on a bad note as they were in spot of bother at 27 for 3 after 5 overs. Indian openers KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh were dismissed for low scores while Manish Pandey went for 0 after a mix-up with Ambati Rayudu.Kedhar Jadhav played a crucial innings of the game as he scored 58 runs off 42 balls and struck seven boundaries in his innings. He put up a crucial partnership with Ambati Rayudu at the start while Axar Patel’s cameo did help India to put 138 runs in 20 overs. Indian Skipper MS Dhoni could not make any notable contribution as he failed to increase the rate of scoring. India after making such modest total won the game and clinched the series due to their superb bowling and fielding performance.