All-round India thrash Zimbabwe by 83 runs in 3rd ODI; complete 3-0 whitewash
Stuart Binny took three wickets — though he ought to have ended with five — as Zimbabwe were cleaned out for 193.
An excellent all-round show from India ensured a 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe, winning the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Harare by 83 runs on Tuesday. Stuart Binny took three wickets — though he ought to have ended with five — as Zimbabwe were cleaned out for 193 in their chase of 277. Live Cricket Updates: India vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI at Harare
Zimbabwe crawled at the start, scoring only 16 in the first five and a half overs, with Hamilton Masakadza taking 24 balls to make 7. Regis Chakabva and Chamu Chibhabha then added 70 for the second wicket to give some hope to the hosts. However, from 86 for 1 they could add only 107 for the remaining nine wickets. SCORECARD: India vs Zimbabwe 2015, 3rd ODI at Harare
Binny was able to find some help from the pitch, and could have ended up with his second ODI fifer but for a dropped catch and a wicket off a no-ball. Richmond Mutumbami was out LBW for 22, Chibhabha holed out to Kedar Jadhav for 82, and Malcolm Waller was out caught at slip by Ajinka Rahane for 5. Binny's second ODI fifer was thwarted when Murali Vijay dropped Chibhabha on 71, while Binny himself was to blame when he had Waller edge to slip off a no-ball when on 0. READ: India vs Zimbabwe 2015: Visitors face batting order conundrum
Harbhajan Singh found himself on a hat-trick when he had Sikandar Raza bowled for 13 and Graeme Creamer offer Rahane a catch first ball, but Prosper Utseya dead-batted the hat-trick ball. Mohit Sharma and Akshar Patel took two wickets apiece, and Vijay took his maiden ODI scalp when he dismissed the ever-dangerous Elton Chigumbura for 10. READ: Re-living Elton Chigumbura’s against-the-tide innings
Earlier, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav put on a memorable 144-run stand to boost India to a commanding 276 for 5. Pandey scored his maiden ODI half-century, becoming the 12th Indian batsman to reach the landmark on debut. Kedar was the star though, scoring a tremendous 105 not out. READ: Indian cricketers to watch out for in tour of Zimbabwe 2015
In keeping with the tone of the series, India lost a bunch of wickets before enjoying a productive stand. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay put on 25 before Rahane drove one from Neville Madziva straight to Prosper Utseya for 15. Vijay was soon back in the hut as well, playing away from the body off Madziva only to snick behind to Richmond Mutumbami. READ: Bhuvneshwar Kumar: India’s unsung hero
At 33 for 2 India were in dire need for a stable partnership. Robin Uthappa, promoted up to No. 3 in Ambati Rayudu’s absence, played a positive innings. However, No. 4 batsman Manoj Tiwary went into a shell completely and took 33 balls to score his 10 runs. He was finally out caught and bowled off Utseya, having slowed down India’s run rate to less than four runs per over. READ: Manish Pandey: 5 things you need to know about India’s newest ODI debutant
Uthappa was soon out as well, getting a leading edge off Hamilton Masakadza’s bowling and getting caught by Elton Chigumbura at cover. His knock of 31 off 44 balls was not significant but it was useful nonetheless. However, at 82 for 4 India were in danger of folding up early yet again. That united Pandey and Kedar in a stand that saved India the blushes. Kedar was lucky, getting dropped by Chigumbura after giving an easy chance at point when on 41. He made the most of it after that. READ: Ambati Rayudu’s ton against Zimbabwe shows he can fit into the full strength Indian team with ease
Pandey played an almost chanceless innings, scoring 71 off 86 with four boundaries and a lovely straight six. He was dismissed in the 47th over, hitting one from Chamu Chibhabha to Sikandar Raza in the deep on the leg side. Stuart Binny continued his good run of form, bringing out some big hits at the end. Kedar picked up his pace as well, getting to a well-deserved and potentially match-winning century. He remained unbeaten on 105 off a mere 87 balls with 12 fours and a six. READ: Stuart Binny proving his worth as premier all-rounder for India
India 276 for 5 in 50 overs (Manish Pandey 71, Kedar Jadhav 105*; Neville Madziva 2 for 48) beat Zimbabwe 193 in 42.4 overs (Chamu Chibhabha 82; Stuart Binny 3 for 55) by 83 runs.
Man of the Match: Kedar Jadhav
Man of the Series: Ambati Rayudu
(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)