India eye series win in 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe

This is a chance for Virat Kohli’s (right) Indian side to clinch the series against Brendan Taylor’s Zimbabwe © AFP

Harare: Jul 27, 2013

A dominant India will look to plug their bowling loopholes as they go into the third One-Day International (ODI) against minnows Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday with the aim of sealing the five-match series with another emphatic triumph.

India have taken a 2-0 lead at the back of an impressive performance by their young batsmen and now need just one more win to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Zimbabwe to their credit have scored 200-plus scores in the previous two matches, which meant that both Indian batsmen and bowlers had some work to do though the matches were quite lop-sided affairs.

But, it is the bowling which has been a cause of concern for the Indians with the pacers being a trifle inconsistent in both the matches.

R Vinay Kumar has proved quite expensive as he has leaked 106 runs in his 18 overs and has taken just one wicket and that too of a tail-ender. Mohammed Shami has also been far from impressive and is a big disappointment in the absence of frontline pacers — who have been rested.

Jaydev Unadkat has been the most successful bowler with five wickets in two matches. Ravindra Jadeja continues to bowl impressively for India as he bowled miserly in the two matches.

Conditions and opponent may not be that difficult here for India, but a good performance overseas builds the confidence and that is precisely the gain for the visitors in the series.

Virat Kohli, considered India’s future captain and new batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan have scored a century each to pilot India to two victories.

Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik too have contributed with a half-century each, but neither Rohit Sharma nor Suresh Raina have been able to score much.