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Bumrah four-fer sets up 3-0 clean sweep for India

Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets and conceded just 22 runs
Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets and conceded just 22 runs
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India 126-0 (Rahul 63no) beat
Zimbabwe 123 (Sibanda 38) by 10 wickets
Third One-Day International in Harare

After a four-wicket haul from Jasprit Bumrah skittled Zimbabwe for 123 in 42.2 overs, Lokesh Rahul and Faiz Fazal hit unbeaten fifties and helped India chase down the target in 21.5 overs, securing a 10-wicket win in the third One-Day International in Harare and thereby complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first on a pitch that looked flatter than the previous two games as India handed a debut to Fazal, who replaced Karun Nair.

Hamilton Masakadza (8) struggled to get going at the start and in the sixth over, he attempted to drive a Dhawal Kulkarni (1-17) delivery but was caught in the slips.

In the next over, Yuzvendra Chahal (2-25) put down a catch to give Vusi Sibanda (38) a life. Chamu Chibhabha (27) and Sibanda got together to rescue the innings and adopted a highly cautious approach.

The runs continued to dry up and Zimbabwe slowly reached the 50-run mark in the 18th over. When Zimbabwe needed to kick on and capitalise on the partnership, Chibhabha looked to go big against Chahal and was caught at long-off.

MS Dhoni put down a tough catch off Sibanda in the 24th over and shortly afterwards, at the halfway mark, Zimbabwe reached 68 for two.

Sibanda struck a six in the 26th over and it indicated his intent to shift through the gears. He followed it up with a four in the 28th over but ended up chipping a return catch to Chahal in the 29th, leaving Zimbabwe struggling at 89 for three.

Three overs later, after Zimbabwe crossed the three-figure mark, the game turned on its head with India striking with four wickets in as many balls.

Zimbabwe went from 104 for three to 104 for seven as Timycen Maruma (17), Elton Chigumbura (0), Malcolm Waller (8) and Graeme Cremer (0) all fell in succession.

The slide went from bad to worse when Richmond Mutumbami (4) was caught in the slips in the 35th over. India eventually got the final two wickets without giving away many runs as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 123.

Bumrah, with his four wickets, was the pick of the Indian bowlers.

India came out to bat for a brief session before the interval. Rahul (63 not out) and Fazal (55 not out) saw out seven overs very carefully and took India to 23 for no loss at the innings break.

Rahul and Fazal shifted gears when the game resumed. Rahul smashed Tawanda Mupariwa (0-43) for three consecutive boundaries and took India past the 50-run mark as the pair hardly put a foot wrong as they continued to accelerate.

Rahul brought up his fifty in the 19th over and Fazal was not far behind, reaching his maiden fifty, on his debut, in the 21st over.

With a six from Rahul and a four from Fazal, India completed the chase in 21.5 overs, completing a massive 10-wicket win and a 3-0 series whitewash.

Rahul was the man of the match as well as the man of the series for his efforts with the bat.

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