IND vs ZIM: Bowlers were tested, they held their nerves, says KL Rahul after 13-run win over Zimbabwe

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IND vs ZIM: Bowlers were tested, they held their nerves, says KL Rahul after 13-run win over Zimbabwe
IND vs ZIM: Bowlers were tested, they held their nerves, says KL Rahul after 13-run win over Zimbabwe

IND vs ZIM: Bowlers were tested, they held their nerves, says KL Rahul after 13-run win over Zimbabwe

IND vs ZIM: The bowlers were put to the test, but they maintained their composure, Indian captain KL Rahul said following his team’s 13-run victory over Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI.

KL Rahul-led India outplayed Zimbabwe in all three areas of the game to win by 13 runs at the Harare Sports Club on Monday and secure a 3-0 triumph in the three-match ODI series.

“Feels good. We came here with good ideas. We wanted to be out in the middle and use this time. They have been very professional, very happy with the result. They took the game deep. We would have liked to finish the game earlier. The bowers were tested and they held their nerves,” he said in a post-match presentation.

“Fielded about 120 overs, got some time out in the middle with the bat. I am tired coming back after a couple of months. But this is what we all want to do, playing for India. (On Gill) He has been batting well since the IPL. Very pleasing to the eye. Not seen him over-confident. That requires composure, to show that kind of temperament is good,” he added.

With this victory, India captured the three-match series 3-0.

India had previously batted first and had amassed 289/8 in 50 overs. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan’s opening 63-run partnership lay the groundwork for the Men in Blue’s successful total. India stood at 2/84 following Dhawan’s exit. Ishan Kishan and Gill then launched their assault on the bowlers and put together a 140-run stand.

Zimbabwe staged a modest comeback when their partnership was broken, collecting the next five wickets in a span of just 65 runs. With a brilliant 5/54, Brad Evans finished as Zimbabwe’s top bowler.

Zimbabwe was at 169/7 while pursuing 290. Despite playing a fantastic 45-run knock, every other batsman had trouble. Then, however, all-rounder Sikander Raza nearly led Zimbabwe to victory with his outstanding 115 runs off just 95 balls and 104-run stand with Brad Evans. To bundle out the hosts for 276 though, Avesh Khan (3/66) and Shardul Thakur (1/55) struck just in time.

Axar Patel (2/30), Deepak Chahar (2/75), and Kuldeep Yadav (2/38) all made valuable contributions with the ball for India.

Gill’s outstanding 130 earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”