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India will be confident of completing a second consecutive series whitewash when they play Zimbabwe in the 2nd T20IReuters

A tour whitewash will be the target for India as they play Zimbawbe in the 2nd T20I on Sunday.

Having won the ODI series 3-0, and taken the opening match of the T20 series comfortably, Ajinkya Rahane's men will now look to make it 5-0 on the tour with victory in the second and final T20 international in Harare.

India batted really well and then backed that up with a thoroughly professional bowling performance in the 1st T20I against Zimbabwe, with the home team faltering in a chase for the fourth time on the tour.

"We were outclassed all around," Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said after the 54-run loss to India. "It's very disappointing.

"I thought we gave them 10 to 15 runs too many. And also in the second innings, the wicket got dryer and became two-paced. It became difficult to try and play some strokes.

India's spinners have made Rahane's job a lot easier by bowling well in tandem, with Axar Patel and Harbhajan Singh, with five wickets in total, completely taking the game away from Zimbabwe on Friday.

"It was good and I was pretty confident going into the match," Axar, who finished with figures of 4-0-17-3 in his maiden T20 international, told BCCI's official website. "With the IPL back home we youngsters gain a lot and learn so much.

"It really helps us when we graduate to the international level because we know what the standard is going to be like. One of the advantages I have gained from the IPL is that when I bowl at the international level, I am not afraid of going for runs.

"I know that as a spinner there are all chances that batsmen will go hard at me. But it doesn't make me nervous and I bowl to my own strengths. I back myself."

For the first time on this tour, India might consider bowling first, just to give themselves a different challenge, having defended a total every single time in the previous four matches.

Rahane won the toss for the first time on this tour in the previous match and chose to bat first again, which proved to be a good decision as the pitch proved to be a lot tougher to bat on in the second innings.

The toss could prove to be crucial in this final T20 as well, and it is likely that the winning captain will decide to bat again, if Rahane decides it is better not to upset the winning formula.

India will know a tour whitewash is what would have been expected of them as they flew into Zimbabwe, even with a second-string side, and, therefore, there will be that extra bit of pressure to finish off the job.

Zimbabwe, though, will want to salvage some pride and give their home crowd something to cheer about by picking up a win in the final match of this tour.

"Important to try and play our best cricket on Sunday and hopefully we get a better result," Chigumbura added.

Where to Watch Live

India vs Zimbabwe 2nd T20I Match is scheduled to begin at 1 pm local time (4.30 pm IST, 12 pm BST, 7 am ET). The match will be shown live in India on Ten Cricket and Ten HD, while all the action in the T20 international can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Viewers in the USA can watch the T20 match early on Sunday morning on Willow TV, with the live stream option on Willow TV Online.

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