Taylor blasts 'irritating' performance

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor has expressed disappointment in the manner his team lost the five-match ODI series against India with two games to spare.

The hosts suffered a seven-wicket defeat in the third ODI in Harare on Sunday with 87 balls remaining to give the visitors an assailable 3-0 lead in the series.

Zimbabwe lost the toss, were put in to bat before totalling a paltry 183 runs all out in 46 overs.

World 50-over champions India then made 187-3 in 35.3 overs and sealed the series with that win.

The locals lost the first match by 58 runs before going down by six wickets in the second match.

The final two ODIs that have been reduced to academic interest will be played in Bulawayo on August 1 and 3.

“Getting quite frustrating now,” Taylor said after the match on Sunday.

“Leading up to the series, the amount of work we put in that is not translating into results and knowing the ability of these (Zimbabwean) players, it is irritating. There’s still a lot to play for in Bulawayo."

Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller has had a forgettable debut series since taking over the reins from Englishman Alan Butcher, whose side beat India back-to-back in his first series in charge in 2010.

And skipper Taylor, whose scores of 12, 0 and 23 in the Harare games summed up a poor showing by Zimbabwe’s batting order, did not mince his words over the team’s performance.

“Generally soft dismissals, guys need to toughen up mentally,” he said.

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