Zimbabwe seeks T20 tonic after ODI thrashing

On Saturday, Zimbabwe and India will embark on a series of three Twenty20s in the second half of India's ongoing tour of Zimbabwe. India secured a whitewash in the ODI series.

Makhaya Ntini (right) has been scathing in his assessment of Zimbabwe's performances in the ODI series.

After a chastening series whitewash against India in the one-day internationals, Zimbabwe will try to set the record straight in a trio of Twenty20 showdowns.

Interim coach Makhaya Ntini saw his side thrashed in all three ODIs, succumbing by nine wickets in the opener, eight in the second meeting, and 10 in the final clash in Harare.

He pulled no punches in his assessment of Zimbabwe's displays with bat and ball and will hope for a much-improved showing in the first T20, which takes place again in Harare on Saturday.

For India, the dominant ODI series success was completed against the backdrop of an ongoing search for a new coach. It was announced this week that a lengthy list of 57 candidates had been cut to 21. And the BCCI has enlisted Sachin Tendulkar, V. V, S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly to help select the top choice.

The trio will submit their report to the body's president, Anurag Thakur, by June 22.

For now, focus will be on India's fortunes in the shortest format, with India having lost to West Indies in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 on home soil this year. In four previous T20 meetings between India and Zimbabwe, the former has won three times.