India blank Zimbabwe 3-0


India annihilate Zimbabwe with another clinical all round performance to complete their third successive whitewash. India won handsomely the 3rd ODI by 10 wickets after dismissing the hosts to another sub power total.

After two bad defeats Zimbabwe made 5 changes to their playing XI but those changes made no impact and the end result was identical to the first two games. They had adopted an approach of saving wickets but it had an adverse affect on the scoring rate. India had to wait for 33 balls for the first wicket. Kulkarni got rid of Masakadza  in the 6th over. Chibhabha and Sibanda added a dull 36 runs in 88 balls for the second wicket. The run rate crawled at a snail’s pace at 2.45 per over with only four boundaries coming during that period. Once again, it was Chahal’s leg spin which produced 2 strikes in the middle overs. Chibhabha’s aggression to hit Chahal out of the park brought his downfall. His attempt to hit over the long off found the safe hands of Bumrah near the boundary line. Sibanda succeeded in pulling Sran for a six over the deep square leg in the 25th over and then scored his second four against the same bowler in the mid on via a misfield from the debutant Fazal. Chahal ‘s tossed up delivery to Sibanda was hit straight to the bowler. Sibanda departed after scoring 38 runs, failing for the second time in the series after getting a good start.  The hosts lacked application with the bat and slipped further with the biggest batting collapse in the series.  Zimbabwe was reduced to 104 for 3 to 104 for 7 in 4 balls. Bumrah bowled Maruma for 14 of his fifth ball and then had Chigumbura caught Dhoni of the next ball. The catch brought celebrations in the field as Dhoni completed 350 dismissals behind the stumps. Waller and Cremer fell of the first two balls of the next over bowled by Axar. Waller was run out and the Cremer was plumb in front to Axar. The rest of the tail did not trouble the Indian bowlers.  Zimbabwe were bundled out for 123 runs as Burmah picked another 4 wicket haul and bettered his best bowling figures.  He had excellent figures of 10-2-22-4.

India needed 21.5 overs to knock off the target and did that with all 10 wickets intact. KL Rahul scored his second 50 plus score of the series.  Faiz Fazal become the second Indian to score a 50 on debut in this series.  He scored 55 runs off 61 balls whereas Rahul remained unbeaten on 63 runs. By lunch time India had moved to 23 without loss and Fazal looked more confident post lunch. Runs came at a faster pace as 10 fours and 3 sixes were scored after lunch. Rahul scored a hat trick of fours in the 13th over bowled by Mupariwa. Fazal was more wristy and used the flick shot to perfection.  His wagon wheel proved that he can play shots on both sides of the ground with ease.  He played the best shot of the day when he leaned forward to a length ball bowled by Mupariwa to bisect it between cover and mid off and followed it with a hook for a four. With 11 runs needed to win Rahul cracked his second six which sailed over the long on and Fazal finished the series with a pulled shot for four.

The series shifts to the T20 format and Zimbabwe try to upset India in the shortest format of the game. India will aim to finish the tour with another whitewash against a demoralised Zimbabwe side.