Skipper Suresh Raina led from the front with a blistering 72 as India signed off their Zimbabwe tour with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over the hosts in the second and final Twenty20 International on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 112 to win, India overhauled the target with five overs to spare with Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli finishing off the game for the visitors.
After the humiliation they suffered in the ODI tri-series, India will look to make amends and take revenge against giant-slayers Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International here on Saturday.
A second string Indian cricket squad, led by young Suresh Raina, on Tuesday left for Zimbabwe where they will play a tri-nation series and two Twenty20 internationals against the hosts.
Suresh Raina said the absence of senior players has given the youngsters an opportunity to prove their mettle in the Zimbabwe tri-series.
Senior players were rested as India named a second-string squad with Suresh Raina as the captain and Virat Kohli his deputy for the Zimbabwe tour.
With almost non-stop cricket taking its toll on the players, the national selectors are planning to rest some senior players during the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
The Indian squad for the upcoming triangular ODI series in Zimbabwe followed by a two-match T20 rubber against the hosts is to be picked by the national selection panel in Chennai on May 9, BCCI sources said on Monday.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Tuesday confirmed the dates for the limited-overs tri-series against India and Sri Lanka.