Rahane lauded his batsmen for setting the platform for India's 54-run win over Zimbabwe in the first T20 match here today.
     
"I think first of all we batted very well. We knew between 160 and 170 would be a good total and as I said at the toss, our spinners came handy. It (pitch) became a little slower later on, but still the bowlers had to do well," said Rahane after Zimbabwe finished at 124 for seven while chasing India's 178 for five at the Harare Sports Club.
     
"There was no initial movement so it was slightly easier to bat in the first innings. The way we batted in the middle overs, taking singles and twos, that was crucial on a big ground," he said.
     
Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said they were outclassed in all departments of the game by India.

"We were outclassed all around today. Its very disappointing. I thought we gave them 10 to 15 runs too many," he said.

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