India vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane and Co. Thrash Zimbabwe to Sweep Series
India put up another dominant performance to thrash Zimbabwe by 83 runs in the third and final ODI to sweep series 3-0. Catch all the highlights of the match.
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Ajinkya Rahane: I felt Kedar (Jadhav) and Manish (Pandey) batted really well. It was his debut game, but Manish batted sensibly. Overall, a great team effort. Rayudu got a hundred in the first game and now Kedar has got one. I am really happy with victory. Hopefully, he (Rayudu) will be fine soon. We are looking forward to the T20 series.
Kedar Jadhav: It's a great feeling. I want to thank my parents, wife and the just-born daughter. She has been very lucky for me. I should thank everyone for the support. The ball was moving around initially. Manish (Pandey) was batting well at the other end, so I took some time to settle and then played my shots.
Elton Chigumbura: It's disappointing again, especially with the bat. We didn't manage to bat well in the whole series. Probably we were much closer in the first game. Again we let them off the hook after reducing them to 82/4.
20:07: Centurion Kedar Jadhav wins man-of-the-match award. Harbhajan Singh wins the stylish player award. Manish Pandey gets the trusted player of match award. Chamu Chibhabha gets the most durable player of the match award. Ambati Rayudu named man of the series.
19:59: That's it! Axar Patel finishes with two for 39 to help India thrash Zimbabwe by 83 runs. Chasing 277 for a win, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 193. Opener Chamu Chibhabha (82) was the lone batsman who looked good as rest of them failed. Stuart Binny was the pick of the bowlers with his three for 55, while Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma grabbed two wickets each.
19:46: WICKET! Mohit Sharma strikes and Prosper Utseya makes a long way back. That was short ball and he went for the pull. The ball took a top edge and went high up in the air for a catch to the keeper Robin Uthappa. One more wicket to go and it will be a clean sweep for India.
19:41: WICKET! Stuart Binny gets his third. Malcolm Waller gone for 5. Edged and beautifully taken at first slip by Ajinkya Rahane.
19:35: WICKET! Harbhajan Singh gets another one. Graeme Cremer departs for a duck and Harbhajan is on a HAT-TRICK. That tossed on middle and off. Cremer went to push it to the leg side but chipped it up for a good diving catch by Ajinkya Rahane. He was at short mid-wicket and took the catch brilliantly.
19:32: WICKET! Harbhajan Singh joins the party as he removes Sikandar Raza for 13. The ball was tossed on middle and off and went with the arm to strike the off stump. Raza looked to make space and play it to the off side but missed the ball. That shot was never on and Zimbabwe are in deep trouble now.
19:29: Stuart Binny almost got his third wicket. Malcolm Waller edged to keeper Robin Uthappa but it has been declared a NO BALL
19:24: WICKET! Stuart Binny gets the big fish. Chamu Chibhabha falls for 82 off 109 balls. That was on middle and it was struck cleanly over mid-wicket but straight into the hands of Kedar Jadhav at deep mid-wicket. The catch was too easy and Binny gets his second wicket. The in-form man has to depart.
19:17: WICKET! Richmond Mutumbami departs after scoring 22 off 24 balls. Stuart Binny gets his man. That was pitched on middle and was swinging in. The ball struck the pads plumb in front. Zimbabwe are four down now.
19:14: DROPPED! Chamu Chibhabha put down on 71 by Murali Vijay off Stuart Binny. Will this prove costly? Earlier, Jadhav was dropped on 41 but he went on to score an unbeaten 105.
19:08: Chamu Chibhabha and Richmond Mutumbami have put on 47 runs for the fourth wicket so far. Zimbabwe need 132 in 16 overs.
18:37: FIFTY! Chamu Chibhabha brings up his 13th fifty with a four. He took 76 balls and five fours to reach the milestone. It's a second consecutive fifty for the Zimbabwean.
18:33: WICKET! Zimbabwe lose another and it's a big one as skipper Elton Chigumbura falls for 10. Murali Vijay gets his maiden ODI wicket.
18:21: WICKET! Axar Patel breaks the threatening 70-run stand as he gets Regis Chakabva for 27. That was full and Regis drags the ball on to his stumps. That was the arm ball and it came in with the angle. Regis leaned back to cut it but didn't connect. Captain Elton Chigumbura joins Chamu Chibhabha.
18:12: Chamu Chibhabha and Regis Chikabva have added 60 runs for the second wicket. Zimbabwe 76 for one after 20 overs, need 201 more to win.
17:51: Stuart Binny makes a wonderful comeback as he bowls a maiden over after being hit for 15 runs in his first two overs.
17:37: India introduce spin in the 12th over as Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. He replaces an expensive Stuart Binny, who was hit for 9 runs in his first over.
17:31: Chamu Chibhabha has taken the attack back to the bowlers. He hits Stuart Binny for a couple of fours as Zimbabwe reach 42 for one after 10 overs.
17:13: WICKET! Mohit Sharma strikes and Hamilton Masakadza makes a long way back. He scored only seven off 24 balls. That was plumb. Masakadza wanted to flick a good length ball but failed to get the bat down in time. Ball hits the kneeroll and an easy decision for the umpire.
16:45: Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha are out in the middle to chase 277. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts with a maiden over. Mohit Sharma joins him.
16:01: That's it! Kedhar Jadhav struck an unbeaten 105 off 87 balls to power India to a fighting 276 for five in fifty overs. Jadhav was all guns blazing towards the end as India scored runs at will in the death overs. Manish Pandey played a crucial 71-run knock off 86 balls. The duo was involved in a 144-run partnership. Stuart Binny (18* off 8) again played a quick-fire knock and shared a 50-run stand off just 19 balls with Jadhav. For Zimbabwe, Madziva picked up two wickets.
15:56: CENTURY! Kedar Jadhav brings up his maiden hundred off 86 balls. What a knock it has been. He was dropped on 41 by skipper Elton Chigumbura.
15:54: Kedar Jadhav is nearing his maiden century. Meanwhile, at the other end, Stuart Binny is playing a fiery knock.
15:46: WICKET! Manish Pandey falls after scoring 71 off 86 balls. Shortish ball, Pandey wanted to hit that over the fielder at long on. He got the elevation but not the distance. Sikandar Raza came running forward and takes a good catch. Big wicket for the hosts, they know how important it was to get Pandey out. Chamu Chibhabha gets his man.
15:26: FIFTY! Kedar Jadhav brings up his maiden fifty off 64 balls. He has struck five fours so far.
15:21: 100 PARTNERSHIP! Manish Pandey (54*) and Kedar Jadhav (47*) have added 100 runs for the fifth wicket.
15:16: FIFTY! Manish Pandey proves his credentials as he brings up his fifty on debut. He took 67 balls and hit two fours and a six to reach the landmark. He becomes 12th India to player to score fifty on ODI debut.
15:11: Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav have steadied the Indian ship as the duo has added 83 runs for the fifth wicket.
14:09: WICKET! Robin Uthappa gone for 31 off 44 balls. He got the start but throws away his wicket. That was another soft dismissal. The ball was short of a length and Uthappa came down the ground and looked to loft it over mid on. The ball took a leading edge for an easy catch by Elton Chigumbura at mid off. Hamilton Masakadza strikes.
13:57: WICKET! Manoj Tiwary fails yet again, gone for 10 off 33 balls. Prosper Utseya bowls a good length ball on middle. Tiwary went to flick it to the leg side. He got a leading edge and chipped it back to the bowler for a simple catch. The slow innings comes to an end.
13:41: In Harare, it's a big day for both Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary to prove their credentials. Both have had poor outing so far. India 57 for two after 15 overs.
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13:09: WICKET! Murali Vijay departs after scoring only 13. Madziva is on fire today. That was outside off and Vijay went for a drive. The ball took an outside edge keeper Richmond Mutumbami completes a simple catch. Good bowling by Madziva and both the Indian openers are gone now.
13:00: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane gone for 15. Neville Madziva bowls on off and Rahane went for a drive. He got a thick edge and the ball went straight into the hands of Prosper Utseya at cover-point.
12:55: Ajinkya Rahane and Murali have provided a solid start against Zimbabwe. India 25 for no loss after five overs.
12:37: Murali Vijay gets off the mark with a lovely cover drive four off Donald Tiripano in the first over.
Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller
India: Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma
12:01: TOSS! Zimbabwe have won the toss against and they will bowl first. Manish Pandey earns his maiden ODI cap, from Harbhajan Singh. Mohit Sharma comes in place of Dhawal Kulkarni. Zimbabwe make three chnages. Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori and Sean Williams are out. Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller and Regis Chakabva are in.
India got off to a rather timid start with a four-run win in the first ODI. Rayudu's unbeaten 124 was the cornerstone of the match. In fact, his 41 in the following match was also crucial as his team notched up a 62-run win. The talented batsman though has now been forced out due to a quadriceps injury - giving Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope in their hunt to save face. (Rayudu Ruled Out With Injury | Samson Delighted With India Call-Up)
Quick stats from the series so far:
- India have won 10 of their 12 ODI matches against Zimbabwe in Harare.
- India have won five successive ODIs against Zimbabwe at Harare now - between July 24, 2013 and July 12, 2015.
- India's win in 2nd ODI helped the team seal its seventh series against Zimbabwe.
Rayudu's replacement could be Manish Pandey who, if he plays, will be on ODI debut. This means a respite may not be on the cards for the hosts as Pandey is known for his attacking style of play. Add to it all that Bhuvneshwar Kumar would be gunning for wickets after his 4/33 in the 2nd ODI.
For Zimbabwe, the side would look to rediscover the spark it showed in the first game. On the up side, the home bowlers have not allowed Indian batsmen to score all that freely but have failed to maintain the pressure consistently.
(With agency inputs)