Debutante Axar Patel spins India to gentle win | Reuters

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HARARE A glorious spell of bowling on entrance from immature left-arm spinner Axar Patel helped India journey to a 54-run feat over Zimbabwe in a initial Twenty20 general during a Harare Sports Club on Friday.

The 21-year-old took 3 for 17 from his 4 overs, including a pivotal wicket of home skipper Elton Chigumbura.

India won a toss and inaugurated to bat, posting 178 for 5 from their 20 overs.

The tip 3 of Ajinkya Rahane (33), Murali Vijay (34) and top-scorer Robin Uthappa (39 not out) ensured a quick start during a run-a-ball, yet a tourists were after pegged behind by Zimbabwe seamer Chris Mpofu, who finished with total of 3 for 33.

Zimbabwe mislaid their initial wicket in a eighth over of their reply, though were always behind a run-rate as they battled to get a round to a range on a delayed wicket.

Opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with 28 from 24 balls, before he became a initial wicket for Patel.

When a left-armer got absolved of Chigumbura after in a same over, a Zimbabwe innings faltered serve and they finished adult finishing on 124 for 7 from their 20 overs, good brief of their target.

Harbhajan Singh, behind in a India Twenty20 side for a initial time in roughly 3 years, also excelled with a round as he took dual for 29 from his 4 overs.

The final compare of a array will be played during a same venue on Sunday.

(Reporting by Nick Said; modifying by Toby Davis)

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