Team India chased down the 124 run target in 21. 5 over to beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the 3rd ODI in Harare on Wednesday.
Score: After 21.5 overs, India 126/0, KL Rahul 55*, Faiz Fazal 63*
Zimbabwe bowled out for just 123 runs in the third One Day International match against India in Harare on Wednesday.
For Zimbabwe, Vusi Sibanada top scored with 38, including two 4’s and one 6.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowler for picking 4/22
Earlier, Zimbabwe has won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the third ODI. Faiz Fazal, left-handed opener, has replaced Karun Nair in the side in today’s match.
The series already pocketed, India would look to hand Zimbabwe a third successive whitewash while testing more youngsters when they take on the lacklustre hosts in the third and final One-day International.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave enough hints on changes in the playing eleven after two easy wins against the hosts, who have proved no match even for a second string Indian team.
The Series So Far
So far it has been a lopsided affair and fans of either side will be hoping for a closer contest at the Harare Sports Club to help generate some interest in the short rubber, to be followed by three T20 Internationals at the same venue.
The third win will give India a three successive series clean-sweep after the triumphs in 2013 and 2015.
Going by the words of skipper Dhoni, more changes are likely in the Indian batting order as only top three batsmen have got substantial time in the middle. Opener Lokesh Rahul, who scored a memorable ton on his ODI debut, can be rested alongside number three Ambati Rayudu.
The two have by far faced the most number of balls, 165 and 164 respectively.
If they are indeed benched, uncapped Faiz Fazal can open with Karun Nair, who made 39 off 68 balls in the run chase on Monday after a failure in the first match.
Taking Rayudu’s place could be another uncapped batsman Mandeep Singh, who was a surprise pick in the 16-man squad alongside Fazal.
Barring the top three, the rest of the batsmen have not got an outing, so any other change in that department looks unlikely.
In fast bowling, Dhoni can rest either Barinder Sran, Dhawal Kulkarni or Jasprit Bumrah as all three performed their roles well in the earlier games.
If any of them is left out, the recalled Jaydev Unadkat can get a game and so could all rounder Rishi Dhawan, who made his India debut during the ODI series in Australia in January. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who made the cut after a fruitful IPL, has impressed in the two chances he has got and that included a three-wicket haul.
If off-spinner Jayant Yadav gets to make his debut, either Chahal or Axar Patel will be benched. Dhoni has had no doubts about putting Zimbabwe in after winning two tosses in a row amid prevailing cold conditions. It will be interesting to see what he opts for at the toss, provided he gets third-time lucky.