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Abhishek Sharma’s first T20 ton helps India beat Zimbabwe by 100 runs to draw level in 5-game series

5-game series
India’s batsman Abishek Sharma celebrates after scoring 100 runs during the T20 cricket between Zimbabwe and India at Harare Sports club,Sunday, July 7,2024. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

HARARE (Zimbabwe), July 7: Abhishek Sharma scored his first Twenty20 century as India beat Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the second T20 on Sunday to level the five-match series at 1-1.
Sharma put behind him his nightmare T20I debut on Saturday — a four-ball duck — as he smashed eight sixes and seven fours before he fell to Wellington Masakadza for 100 off 47 balls.
Zimbabwe had stunned newly crowned T20 world champion India in the series opener, winning by 13 runs.
Ruturaj Gaikwad finished Sunday with an undefeated 77 off 47 balls, while Rinku Singh smashed a 22-ball 48 not out as India turned around its poor batting display in the first T20 to finish with 234-2 after choosing to bat first.
In reply, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 134 runs in 18.4 overs. Pacers Avesh Khan (3-15) and Mukesh Kumar (3-37) shared six wickets, while wrist spinner Ravi Bishnoi took 2-11 in four overs. (AP)
Brief Scores: India: 234 for 2 in 20 overs (Abhishek Sharma 100, Ruturaj Gaikwad 77 not out, Rinku Singh 48 not out) beat Zimbabwe: 134 all out in 18.4 overs (Wessly Madhevere 43, Brian Bennett 26, Luke Jongwe 33; Mukesh Kumar 3/37, Avesh Khan 3/15, Ravi Bishnoi 2/11 ) by 100 runs.