Gill, Sundar guide India to 23-run win over Zimbabwe

Captain Shubman Gill has struck a fluent half-century in leading India to a 23-run win over hosts Zimbabwe in the third T20 international in Harare.

This earned the tourists a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

A youthful India side without most of their victorious World Cup squad elected to bat and posted 4-182 in their 20 overs.

Zimbabwe suffered a dismal start and fell short, reaching 6-159 mainly thanks to an unbeaten 65 from 49 balls by Dion Myers.

India's innings was anchored by an excellent 66 off 49 balls from opener Gill, before Ruturaj Gaikwad added a breezy 49 from 28 balls to lift the touring side to a formidable score.

Only home seamer Blessing Muzarabani (2-25) and Pakistan-born spinner Sikandar Raza (2-24) managed to stem the runs.

Zimbabwe slumped to 5-39 after seven overs, but an excellent sixth-wicket stand of 77 between Myers and Clive Madande (37 from 26 balls) gave them the slimmest of victory hopes.

India spinner Washington Sundar took 3-15 in four overs, however, including the key wicket of Madande, and the visitors closed out a comfortable win.