IND vs ZIM: Men in Blue eye clean sweep, hosts aim for consolation win

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IND vs ZIM: Men in Blue eye clean sweep, hosts aim for consolation win
IND vs ZIM: Men in Blue eye clean sweep, hosts aim for consolation win

IND vs ZIM: Men in Blue eye clean sweep, hosts aim for consolation win

IND vs ZIM: KL Rahul-led India will be aiming for a clean sweep when they take the field in the third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare, while Zimbabwe will be concentrating on giving the visitors a good fight and coming away with a victory as consolation.

On Monday, Harare will host the final one-day international between the two teams. India enjoys a 2-0 series advantage after winning the first two games by margins of 10 and five wickets, respectively. Again, all eyes will be on Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, India’s opening pair. Shikhar has played well in ODIs this year, and he just needs one more strong performance to keep himself in the running for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 before another chance presents itself. KL, though, will be hoping to get into runs as he prepares for the Asia Cup 2022.

Shubman Gill will be thinking about finishing another tour on a good note. Gill has consistently performed admirably with the bat ever since receiving the chance to participate in a tour of the West Indies. His status as a dependable backup opener or even Team India’s regular opener will be secured with one more strong inning.

Following strong showings in the IPL, Rahul Tripathi and all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed will also be eager to earn their first Indian caps and capitalise on the opportunity.

IND vs ZIM: Men in Blue eye clean sweep, hosts aim for consolation win
IND vs ZIM: Men in Blue eye clean sweep, hosts aim for consolation win

There has been nothing to fault with India’s bowling during this visit. With four wickets, spinner Axar Patel is leading the bowling statistics. He will have another chance to demonstrate his value. In order to complete the trip on a bright note, pacers like Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna. And Shardul Thakur will also be aiming for one more strong performance.

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has a lot of problems that they would be eager to sort out. In both games, their batting performance was below standard. The team was unable to even surpass 200 runs. To provide the groundwork for a higher total, openers Takudzwanashe Kaitano. And Innocent Kaia will need to get out to a strong and consistent start.

As batters, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, and skipper Regis Chakabva will need to assist openers.

Zimbabwe bowlers put up a greater fight in the second ODI. After holding India to 4/97 in their pursuit of 162, whereas they humiliated in the first ODI. If Zimbabwe wants to win, they must keep this attitude and hit their lengths accurately. A world-class Indian batting lineup would have to completely dismantled. If Team India is to be subdued, Tanaka Chivanga, Victor Nyauchi, and Luke Jongwe will need to bowl exceptionally effectively.

India squad:

KL Rahul (captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Zimbabwe squad:

Regis Chakabva (c), Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Ryan Burl, Innocent Kaia, Kaitano Takudzwanashe, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, John Masara, Tony Munyonga, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba and Donald Tiripano.