India have so far come up with a stellar performance despite fielding an almost rookie team © AFP
India have so far come up with a stellar performance despite fielding an almost rookie team © AFP

Having already pocketed the series 2-0, India should look for one last shot at glory against the minnows and hosts Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday. India have so far come up with a stellar performance despite fielding an almost rookie team, while Zimbabwe have loads to talk and think about, if they need to claw back to world cricket. India will definitely be aiming at a whitewash here, but will also love to try something different and experiment in the final ODI. Ayush Gupta predicts the likely XI for India in this tie. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd ODI at Harare

Top-order: In the previous couple of games KL Rahul has been a star performer, and is set to retain his spot. However, he can also be replaced by Faiz Fazal, who is yet to play a game in the series. Fazal can also replace Karun Nair, who has been shaky in the two games he has played so far. At number three, it would certainly be Ambati Rayudu, who has been in flawless form so far, and has been a prime performer in Zimbabwe. However, Dhoni can also chip in Nair, by giving him a chance to prove himself at least in a game. IND aim for whitewash against ZIM in 3rd ODI at Harare

Middle-order: No. 4 will almost certainly be Manish Pandey, who is yet to get proper batting chance and is tipped to perform good, following his steady run in IPL. He will be followed by Kedar Jadhav, yet to bat in this series, while No. 6 is reserved for Dhoni himself. Dhoni can bring in Rishi Dhawan at No. 7 to replace Akshar Patel, who has had a moderate series so far. India vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd ODI at Harare, Predictions and Preview: IND aim for whitewash

Bowling attack: The bowling attack is likely to see some changes in the form of Dhawal Kulkarni and Jasprit Bumrah, who may be replaced by Mandeep Singh and Jayant Yadav. In that case Barinder Sran and Yuzvendra Chahal may retain their spots.

India’s likely XI for 3rd ODI vs Zimbabwe: MS Dhoni (c & wk), KL Rahul, Karun Nair/Faiz Faizal, Ambati Rayudu/Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Akshar Patel/Rishi Dhawan, Dhawal Kulkarni/Mandeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran/Jayant Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)