India vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI at Harare, as it happened: Visitors win by 10 wickets

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  • KL Rahul is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 63, as well as the Man of the Series for his 196 runs from three games at an astounding average of 196!

  • What a brutal end to what has been a lop-sided one-day series between India and Zimbabwe, with MS Dhoni and co. demolishing their opponents with a 10-wicket win to complete a 3-0 whitewash! Both the openers remain unbeaten after bringing up their respective boundaries, as India effect their sixth 10-wicket win overall, and their second against Zimbabwe. 

  • Further proof of KL Rahul's spectacular start to his ODI career! 

  • After 22 overs,India 126/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 63 , Faiz Fazal 55)

    Fazal joins the exclusive club of Indian batsmen to have scored fifty on ODI debut, getting to the milestone in 58 deliveries at the start of the 21st over, as India waltz their way towards a major victory here! Fazal, who was drafted into the side in place of Karun Nair for the third ODI, has made the most of the opportunity granetd to him, and perhaps has grabbed the attention of the national selectors. 

    Meanwhile, Rahul smashes a massive six — his second in the innings — over long-on, before Fazal fittingly hits the winning boundary towards midwicket to wrap up a crushing 10-wicket victory to complete a 3-0 sweep in the ODI series. 

    Rahul. Fazal. Or Bumrah. Who will be the Man of the Match today?

  • First Rahul, and now Fazal! 

  • After 20 overs,India 109/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 52 , Faiz Fazal 49)

    Rahul smashes the first six of the Indian innings by dancing down the track, and lofting the Cremer delivery over the umpire's head. He survives after a mis-hit in the last ball of the 16th over however, as he top-edges the ball, which lands in the vacant deep backward point region. Unnecessary stuff by Rahul, who is only a few runs away from getting to the 50-run mark for the second time this series. However, it appears as if he is in a hurry to wrap things up right now. Fazal gets his first six of the day by coming down the track, and launching Cremer over long-on to clear the long-on boundary! The southpaw opener brings up the 100 for India in the 19th over with an exquisite cover drive, and is stranded on 49 from 57 balls at the end of 20 overs. 

    India need 15 to win from 30 overs, with 10 wickets in hand. 

  • After 15 overs,India 71/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 36 , Faiz Fazal 28)

    KL Rahul brings up the fifty opening stand with Fazal in the 13th over with a straight drive, before hammering two more consecutive boundaries as Mupariwa concedes 13 runs off the 13th over. Having batted patiently in the first few overs of the day, the opening pair are starting to up the ante at the moment, and it's only a matter of time before the pair smash their way towards the target. 

    India need 53 to win from 35 overs. 

  • After 10 overs,India 43/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 15 , Faiz Fazal 22)

    Fazal executes another exquisite drive, this time piercing the covers off Madziva in the eighth over to bring up his second boundary of the day. The Vidarbha opener is performing quite well so far. One wonders if he can do a Rahul, and make the most of his ODI debut with a ton? Or do I sound too far-fetched? Meanwhile the duo put up the best powerplay performance in the series so far, guiding their side to 43/0 at the end of the 10th over.

    India need 81 to win from 40 overs. 

  • More ignominy for the Zimbabweans. 

  • After 7 overs, India 23/0 ( KL Rahul 8, Faiz Fazal 11)


    Fazal hammers the first boundary of the Indian innings in the sixth over, timing the full delivery outside off from Madziva for a beautiful straight drive! Moves to double-figures with the stroke as well! India seem to be content in their slow, steady approach towards the target. Meanwhile, it's lunch at the Harare Sports Club at the end of the seventh over, with India reaching 23/0, needing 101 to win from 43 overs. 

  • After 5 overs, India 14/0 ( KL Rahul 5, Faiz Fazal 6)


    Vidarbha southpaw Faiz Fazal walks out to bat for the first time in international cricket, and he opens his, as well as his team's account with a single towards third man in the second over after the first one goes for a maiden. India start things off on a slow note yet again, although they don't really need to take any risks if they are chasing a target as low as 124 in a 50-over game. 

  • After 42.2 overs,Zimbabwe 123 ( Neville Madziva 10)


    Zimbabwe seem to be getting worse with each passing game, and they seemed to have saved their worst for the last. From ambling along slowly for the most part in their innings, appearing to set their sights at batting their 50 overs out rather than getting a big score on the board, to losing six wickets for as many runs to collapse spectacularly. Bumrah finishes with figures of  4/22 at the end of his quota of 10 overs, a bit frustrated to have missed out on his maiden five-wicket haul. It is his best display with the ball in ODIs nevertheless. Superb collect-and-throw by Dhawal Kulkarni to run Donald Tiripano out for 2, as the Zimbabweans fold up for a mere 123. 

  • After 42.2 overs,Zimbabwe 123 ( Neville Madziva 10)


    Zimbabwe seem to be getting worse with each passing game, and they seemed to have saved their worst for the last. From ambling along slowly for the most part in their innings, appearing to set their sights at batting their 50 overs out rather than getting a big score on the board, to losing six wickets for as many runs to collapse spectacularly. Bumrah finishes with figures of  4/22 at the end of his quota of 10 overs, a bit frustrated to have missed out on his maiden five-wicket haul. It is his best display with the ball in ODIs nevertheless. Superb collect-and-throw by Dhawal Kulkarni to run Donald Tiripano out for 2, as the Zimbabweans fold up for a mere 123. 

  • OUT! And Bumrah gets his fourth wicket after conceding 18 runs so far in the innings. Mupariwa gets a thick edge to the slips, where Manish Pandey is given the simplest of catches, as Zimbabwe edge closer to the end of their innings after losing their ninth wicket with 110 on board. 

  • After 35 overs,Zimbabwe 109/8 ( Neville Madziva 0 , Tawanda Mupariwa 0)

    The last five overs of the Zimababwean innings encapsulates what has been wrong with their brand of cricket in the ongoing series in particular, and the recent years in general. At 104/3, Zimbabwe still looked like they had a chance of finishing a score of 200, or at least bat their quota of overs out. However, the hosts lose four wickets in as many balls to virtually shut all doors to any possibility of retaining some honour out of the dead rubber. Bumrah, who misses out on a hat-trick at the start of the 35th over, gets rid of wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami for four after the latter edges to KL Rahul in the slips. Just a matter of time before the hosts fold up for yet another paltry score, and the visitors chase the target down without breaking a single bead of sweat. 

  • OUT!It's quite a surprise that wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami actually managed to hit a boundary during his stay at the crease. Well, he managed to give some reason for the local fans to smile, before edging the very next delivery to KL Rahul in the slips to depart for 4. Bumrah, who earlier missed out on a hat-trick, gets his third wicket of the day, and looks set to bag the Man of the Match award. 

  • OUT! What the hell are we witnessing here at the Harare Sports Club? Zimbabwe have lost four wickets in as many deliveries, a spectacular collapse than none of us would have imagined despite their poor show in the recent months! Skipper Graeme Cremer walks out to bat, and is trapped lbw by Patel off the first ball that he faces! The hosts seem to be in a hurry to end the game as quickly as possible. 

  • OUT! And that's three-in-three for India! Terrible running between the wickets between Malcolm Waller and Richmond Mutumbami! The former sets off for a single after despatching the ball towards cover, with absolutely no response from Mutumbami at the non-striker's end. Rahul promptly throws the ball back to keeper MS Dhoni at the other end, as Waller is run-out for 8! Zimbabwe are committing suicide right now!

  • OUT! And that's two-in-two for Bumrah, as he finishes the 33rd over with two wickets off the last two balls. Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwe's top-scorer from the first game, goes for a lazy push off a half-volley from Bumrah that moves away from the batsman, and is caught behind for a golden duck! And thus begins Zimbabwe's disastrous tumble!

  • OUT! Bumrah has been getting a plenty of movement all day long, and he finally gets the breakthrough in his sixth over of the day with a delivery that jags into the batsman, penetrates through his defence and sends the off-stump cart-wheeling. Timycen Maruma departs for 17 off 29 balls, as Zimbabwe lose their fourth wicket with 104 on board. 

  • After 30 overs,Zimbabwe 95/3 ( Timycen Maruma 13, Malcolm Waller 3)


    SIX! First big hit of the innings, as Sibanda pulls a short ball from Sran over the deep square-leg boundary! Incidentally, it was Sibanda who had hit the only six of the Zimbabwean innings in the previous game as well. A couple of misfields here and there, including one at mid-on by Faiz Fazal that gives four extra runs to Vusi Sibanda. The half-centurion from the previous game however, is dismissed for 38 by Chahal, who collects his second wicket with the hosts losing their third wicket with 89 on board. Sibanda looks to play the ball towards the on-side, but gets a thick bottom-edge after getting beaten by flight. 

  • Zimbabwe coach Makhaya Ntini gets an autographed bat from Indian skipper and former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team-mate MS Dhoni.

  • OUT! Sibanda's innings finally comes to an end after he is beaten by flight while looking to play the ball towards the on-side. Gets a thick bottom edge to pop the ball back to Chahal, who doesn't let go of the simplest of chances, as Sibanda departs for 38. Chahal gets his 2nd wicket, as Zimbabwe lose their third with 89 on board. 

  • After 25 overs,Zimbabwe 68/2 ( Vusi Sibanda 20 , Timycen Maruma 7)

    Chibhabha loses his wicket while attempting to accelerate the scoring rate, getting caught by Bumrah at long-off as Chahal gets his first wicket of the day, departing for 27. Timycen Maruma, who was named the official replacement for pacer Tinashe Panyangara, and is one of the five changes made in the Zimbabwe XI today, manages to get the first boundary in nearly a 100 deliveries by sweeping a tossed-up delivery outside off from Chahal towards midwicket. 

  • FOUR! Timycen Maruma sweeps a tossed up delivery from Chahal towards midwicket in the third ball of the 25th over to score the first boundary in 99 deliveries! 

  • This is representative of how lopsided the series has been so far, as well as the fact that the Indian batting order has hardly been tested beyond the top-order. 

  • OUT! The pressure of accelerating the scoring rate gets the better of Chamu Chibhabha, who advances down the track in the first delivery of the 21st over, and gets the toe-end of the bat while looking to launch the flighted delivery over the umpire's head, resulting in the ball travelling straight into Jasprit Bumrah's hands at long-off for him to depart for 27. Zimbabwe lose their second wicket with 55 on board, and the 36-run second-wicket stand had been brought to a standstill by Chahal!

  • Zimbabwe 55/1  after 20 overs; (Chamu Chibhabha 27, Vusi Sibanda 14)


    The hosts seemed to have slammed the brakes on their innings at the moment, having scored just 11 runs in the last five overs, and not scored a boundary for more than half-an-hour. They do get to the 50-run mark in the 18th over though, and it looks like playing out their quota of 50 overs is more important for them than accelerating their score. Well the Indian bowlers are doing their job as well, mounting pressure on Chibhabha and Sibanda by now allowing them to go for any runs. 

  • Zimbabwe 44/1  after 10 overs; (Chamu Chibhabha 21, Vusi Sibanda 9)

    The hosts are going about at a little over three an over, with the Indian seamers, with help from the fielders, barely giving any scoring opportunities to their opposition. The likes of Bumrah and Kulkarni are getting a plenty of movement and bounce, which actually helped the former get the early breakthrough. Chibhabha and Sibanda, meanwhile, have added 21 runs for the fourth wicket so far, and will look to consolidate their partnership further. Meanwhile, spin is introduced into the attack for the first time in the 14th over, with Axar Patel being handed the ball. 

  • Zimbabwe 32/1  after 10 overs; (Chamu Chibhabha 16, Vusi Sibanda 5)


    India nearly get their second wicket almost immediately after Masakadza's departure, as Sibanda miscues the last ball of Sran's fourth over while looking for a flick. The ball flies high up in the air towards square-leg, where Chahal drops a sitter. Sibanda survives on a duck, and it will be damning for the visitors if he goes on to make a big score later in the innings. Meanwhile, Chibhabha is starting to look more dangerous than ever, getting a couple of boundaries along his way in the meantime. 

  • OUT! Masakadza disappoints yet again. Looks for a drive off a half-volley outside off that moves away from the batsman, and gets a thick edge towards the slips, where KL Rahul holds on to a simple chance. Zimbabwe lose their first wicket with 19 on board.

  • Zimbabwe 18/0 after 5 overs; (Hamilton Masakadza 8, Chamu Chibhabha 9)

    Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer smiles for once at the toss, opting to bat after winning the toss. It's the usual however, as the hosts bat first, although they will look to prevent a collapse like the one that reduced them to 126 in the previous game. While India opt to hand Faiz Fazal his debut in place of Karun Nair, Zimbabwe opt to make as many as five changes to their side. Hamilton Masakadza walks out to bat alongside Chamu Chibhabha, and the duo hammer a boundary as the hosts get off to a steady start.

  • Faiz Fazal earlier today, became the third cricketer from Vidarbha to earn an India cap. 

  • ZIM XI: Masakadza, Chibhabha, Sibanda, Maruma, Waller, Chigumbura, Mutumbami, Cremer, Madziva, Mupariwa, Tiripano.

    IND XI: Rahul, Fazal, Pandey, Rayudu, Jadhav, Dhoni(c,wk), Patel, Kulkarni, Bumrah, Sran, Chahal.

  • Faiz Fazal makes his debut for India today replacing Karun Nair in the line-up

  • Zimbabwe have won the toss and they have opted to bat first in Harare

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Preview Having already pocketed the series, India are expected to test their bench strength as they aim for a third consecutive whitewash of an uninspiring Zimbabwe when they play the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Wednesday.

The first two matches turned out to be one-way traffic even for the second string Indian side, who will expect at least some resistance from the hosts in the third ODI. This will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals.

On Monday, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hinted at making some changes in the playing eleven after the team clinched the series 2-0 on the back of two easy wins at the Harare Sports Club.

India will be aiming for a series whitewash against Zimbabwe in Harare. AFP

India will be aiming for a series whitewash against Zimbabwe in Harare. AFP

Going into Wednesday's final tie, India are expected to tinker with the opening combination of Lokesh Rahul and Karun Nair, with the former hammering a century on debut in the first ODI.

Uncapped Faiz Fazal and Mandeep Singh are expected to get their India caps, replacing Rahul and Ambati Rayudu, who have got substantial time in the middle.

Should these team changes be made, Fazal is expected to open with Nair while Mandeep could be the choice for the No.3 slot.

In the bowling department, it could be a toss among the medium pace trio of Barinder Sran, Dhawal Kulkarni and Jasprit Bumrah with Jaydev Unadkat and bowling all-rounder Rishi Dhawan waiting for a chance.

Off-spinner Jayant Yadav could also bag his first India cap if leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal or left-armer Axar Patel is left out.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be hoping from a better show from their batsmen to give the bowlers a decent score to defend.

Vusi Sibanda's half-century in the second match gave the hosts something to cheer about, but the collective failure of the other batsmen has only helped India's cause.

On the bowling front, skipper Graeme Cremer will be hoping for a more consistent effort from the new-ball bowlers who have so far been easily milked by the visiting batsmen.

Squads: 
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wk), Lokesh Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Axar Patel.

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (captain), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Twanada Mupariwa, Richard Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115