IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva lauds Sikandar Raza’s brilliant ton against India in 3rd ODI

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IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva lauds Sikandar Raza's brilliant ton against India in 3rd ODI
IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva lauds Sikandar Raza's brilliant ton against India in 3rd ODI

IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva lauds Sikandar Raza’s brilliant ton against India in 3rd ODI

IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe captain Regis Chakabva lauded all-rounder Sikandar Raza for his stunning century that nearly led the hosts to victory after his team’s close 13-run loss to India.

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.

“Firstly congratulations to India. They played really well. Raza and Brad gave a good fight, but India held their nerves. Huge positives from the bowling. The boys fought hard in the field. We came back strongly from a tough situation. Raza was outstanding once again. We definitely take a lot of positives from today, we will look to play some good cricket Down Under (in Australia),” said Chakabva in a post-match presentation.

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

IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva lauds Sikandar Raza's brilliant ton against India in 3rd ODI
IND vs ZIM: Zimbabwe skipper Regis Chakabva lauds Sikandar Raza’s brilliant ton against India in 3rd ODI

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 Sikandar 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.”