Kedar Jadhav's ton completes Zimbabwe's whitewash
India 276-5 (Jadhav 105 no) beat
Zimbabwe 193 (Chibhabha 82) by 83 runs
Third One-Day International in Harare
Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey rescued India after a poor start to help the visitors complete the whitewash against Zimbabwe, winning the final game in Harare by 83 runs.
Zimbabwe won the toss for the third successive time and opted to bowl first.
It was yet another slow start on a sticky wicket when after a good first five overs, India lost their skipper Ajinkya Rahane (15) who drove one airily off the bowling of Neville Madziva (2-59).
Madziva came back in his next over to get Murali Vijay (13) who nicked one to the wicket-keeper because of some extra bounce.
India reached 36 for two after 10 overs and 54 for two after 14 when Robin Uthappa (31) and Manoj Tiwary (10) tried to consolidate the innings and play themselves in.
However, both the batsmen, who missed out in the previous couple of games, couldn’t make use of the opportunity.
Tiwary never got going and ended up lobbing a simple caught and bowled chance to Prosper Utseya (1-41).
Hamilton Masakadza (1-31) was a massive bonus as he bowled a full quota of 10 overs getting the wicket of Uthappa who edged a flick down to mid-off after a decent start. India were 83 for four at that point.
Jadhav (105 not out) and debutant Pandey (71) resurrected the innings from then on. Pandey in particular played a controlled knock, running well between the wickets and keeping the scoreboard ticking.
He even smashed a six down the ground off Masakadza to take India over 100 in the 27th over.
Pandey brought up his fifty on debut in 67 balls with a four past backward point as India reached 170 for four after 40 overs.
Jadhav was dropped on 42 in the 41st over as Elton Chigumbura dropped a sitter at point. That proved to be a very expensive mistake as Jadhav first completed his fifty in 64 balls and then went on to take a heavy toll of Zimbabwe in the last few overs.
He hammered Madziva for two consecutive fours in the 46th over as India went from 210 for four to 276 for five in the last five overs.
Pandey missed out on a probable ton holing out to long-on in the 47th over ending the 144-run partnership.
However, Jadhav smashed three successive fours the next over from Donald Tiripano (0-46).
Stuart Binny (18 not out) played a cameo hammering 16 runs in the 49th over as India managed 276 with Jadhav reaching his ton in 87 balls with a six off the penultimate ball of the innings.
Zimbabwe didn’t have a great start either, losing Masakadza (7) in the sixth over, trapped LBW by Mohit Sharma (2-33).
Zimbabwe reached 42 for one after 10 overs and 76 for one after 20 overs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-12) keeping a tight lid on things initially.
Axar Patel (2-39) broke the 70 -un partnership breaching the defence of Regis Chakabva (27).
Vijay (1-19) got his maiden ODI wicket trapping the skipper Chigumbura (10) LBW. Chamu Chibhabha (82) reached his second successive fifty taking Zimbabwe to 104 for three after 27 overs.
Richmond Mutumbami (22) and Chibhabha tried to get the chase going with the latter dropped by Vijay at long on in the 35th over.
However, Binny (3-55) got the wicket of Mutumbami in the same over, trapping him LBW. Zimbabwe lost their way completely from that point.
Binny got Chibhabha the next over with a good length delivery that was mistimed to deep midwicket.
The next over from Harbhajan Singh (2-35) practically ended the chase as he got Sikandar Raza (13) and then Graeme Cremer (0) in successive deliveries.
Zimbabwe hurtled quickly to 193 all out in just the 43rd over.
Jadhav picked the man of the match and Ambati Rayudu, who didn’t play this game because of injury was man of the series, as Rahane lifted the trophy after winning the series 3-0.
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