India hold the upper hand against the Zimbabwe after restricting the home side to a total of just 140-5 at the Harare Sports Club in the second of two Twenty20 Internationals.
Having won the toss India put Zimbabwe into bat and it was a decision which paid off almost instantly after Hamilton Masakadza (2) and Chamu Chibhabha (7) were both dismissed inside the first 6 overs to leave the home side 21-1.
Despite being two wickets down Zimbabwe responded brightly with Brendan Taylor (27) and Tatenda Taibu sharing a third wicket partnership of 43 before Taylor was dismissed by Amit Mishra in the 12th over.
Taibu was joined at the crease by Charles Coventry (28) and the pair built another positive partnership for Zimbabwe which contributed 43 runs to the home sides total before Coventry was dismissed by Ashok Dinda.
Eric Chigumbura enjoyed a cameo innings which lasted 6 balls which saw him score 18 runs including 2 sixes before he was caught by Suresh Raina.
Taibu and Greg Lamb saw out the last 8 balls adding another 12 runs to leave Zimbabwe well placed but India will still feel confident of victory.