India take on Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI of the three-match series in Harare on August 22, Monday. India have already won the series having won the first two games. They won the first ODI by 10 wickets and the second by five wickets.
India displayed another clinical performance in the second ODI with the ball. The bowlers led by Shardul Thakur dismissed Zimbabwe for a paltry total of 161 and chased down the total inside 26 overs. KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan did not take their opportunities with the bat. Sanju Samson was the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 43 off 39 balls. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill scored 33 each while Deepak Hooda scored 25.
IND vs ZIM: Match Preview – India Tour of Zimbabwe 2022, 3rd ODI
India has made a lot of experiments in their first two games. Some have worked some haven’t but several players have put their hand up and performed at various stages of the game. KL Rahul, not scoring runs so far has been the only blip in an otherwise fruitful campaign for India.
” I do need some time in the middle, obviously playing this series was important for me to take some runs and confidence away, unfortunately, didn’t work out today. They do have some quality bowlers, I saw that in the previous series against Bangladesh as well. The bowlers came strong at us, a good challenge for us. We are here to play good cricket and win, every opportunity is an honour, so we want to go out there next time also to enjoy ourselves and put a good performance” said Rahul on his performance and the performance of the team after the second ODI.
KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed
All of Zimbabwe’s hard work in the series win over Bangladesh has been undone in the series against India. They have been totally outplayed by a talented Indian team. The hosts will have to play the final ODI for pride and try to salvage a win. Skipper Regis Chakabva said that they had fewer runs on the board in the second ODI and did not have the fighting spirit which they need in the final game.
“Last few games we struggled to pick up early wickets and we managed to do that. Today we were short of a few runs. We were up for the challenge, the bowlers hit their lengths really well” said the Zimbabwe skipper after the game.
Regis Chakabva (captain), Ryan Burl, Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Wessely Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, John Masara, Tony Munyonga, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano