India whitewash hapless Zimbabwe

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket team’s performance against India yesterday was an antithesis of the effort shown in the first two ODIs after succumbing to an 83-run defeat.With yesterday’s win, the tourists sealed a convincing 3-0 series win in the three-match ODI series.

The second string Indian side was exciting in the field, disciplined with the ball especially at death and very cautious with the bat.

Zimbabwe in all the three matches restricted the visitors to scores in the region of 85 runs for the loss of five wickets but lacked the killer instinct to finish off the middle and tail order, a point bowling coach Douglas Hondo admitted they need to work on.

“We just need to have our complete game; they are some areas that we are lacking like in the middle where we need to get a breakthrough,” Hondo said.

“We have been trying to work on that, once we get the full complement of the 50 overs, it should be alright but it is work in progress.”

The visitors on the other hand have been excellent in making sure that they have as many wickets in hand as possible then accelerate the run rate in the dying stages of the innings.

As was the case with all the three ODIs, Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to field yesterday.

Just like in the first two matches, India were four wickets down for 82 runs inside 21,4 overs.

But the Zimbabwe bowlers allowed the fifth-wicket partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey to run away with the game as they reached a total of 276 -5 after 50 overs.

Jadhav, batting at number 6, scored his first ODI century in four matches after top scoring for the tourists with 105 not out from 87 deliveries.

On his ODI debut, Pandey notched up his first half century as he finished 71 not out.

Jadhav however, benefitted from the benevolence of Zimbabwe skipper, Chigumbura who put down a sitter at backward point off the bowling of spinner Graeme Cremer.

The leg-spinner would have felt hard done by the dropped chance as he remained wicket-less throughout the series.

The chance that went begging looked pretty difficult to put down than catching it.

His score took to him to number four on the Indian list of all time number six batsmen top scorers in away ODIs.

Kapil Dev leads the list with his 175 not out he scored against Zimbabwe in 1983.

Robin Uthappa weighed in with 31 runs from 44 deliveries. For Zimbabwe, seamer Neville Madziva was the toast with two wickets for 59 runs from nine overs.

The batting got off to a similar slow start as the hosts lost opener Hamilton Masakadza in the sixth over for seven runs from 24 balls to leave Zimbabwe on 16-1.

Regis Chakabva (27) and Chigumbura (10) departed in the 23rd and 24th over respectively before the team had reached century.

With the game evenly balanced on 150-3, Richmond Mutumbami was trapped plumb by seamer Stuart Biny in the 35th over.

On song batsman Chamu Chibhabha followed 13 balls later for 82 runs from 109 balls to extinguish any hopes of crossing the line.

Tail-ender Donald Tiripano scored to fours for his unbeaten 13-ball 13 runs before Zimbabwe were bundled out for 193 in 42,4 overs.

“It is disappointing again, especially with the bat,” Chigumbura said after the match.

“Other than the first game, we have failed with the bat. It is frustrating and we need to make use of situations and start winning games. We have to play our best cricket and be positive in the T20s.”

India captain, Ajinkya Rahane said he was happy for his charges for winning the series on a whitewash.

“I am very happy for the boys. They were hungry and up for the series,” Rahane said.

“Rayudu got his hundred in the first game, Vijay in the second and Kedar here. The bowlers chipped in as well. Rayudu will be okay and will be back in action. He has been doing well for us and is our crucial member of the team.”

Comments (1)

I thought it would be better to elect to bat first, after having won the toss. My reasons are that the opposition will tire as they run around while fielding. So it is better to build more runs as the other boys are resting

Collin - 15 July 2015

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