ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: India eye clean sweep, Zimbabwe hope to restore pride

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ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: India eye clean sweep, Zimbabwe hope to restore pride
ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: India eye clean sweep, Zimbabwe hope to restore pride

ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: India eye clean sweep, Zimbabwe hope to restore pride

ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: KL Rahul-led India are in great shape to sweep Zimbabwe 3-0 after two commanding victories gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Zimbabwe has struggled to mount any kind of challenge.

India will go into the third and final ODI at the Harare Sports Complex on Monday knowing full well that the script is unlikely to change after doing extraordinarily well to not just show up but also outperform their hapless opponents on all fronts in the previous two matches.

This means that the visiting team will have even another chance to experiment. While keeping the ODI World Cup of the following year in mind.

Stand-in captain KL Rahul has done a good job of keeping the players fired up and ready to go out in the middle, seize opportunities with both hands, and secure their spots in the team that is preparing for significant battles in the near future.

They have undoubtedly not undergone the kind of testing that would have advanced their development as cricket players. But those hoping to stay longer at the top level would undoubtedly benefit from the experience.

The second game’s 161 all out indicates that the home team is still searching for a quick cure for its batting problems. While the bowlers are failing to trouble the Indian batting order, which includes some of the best ODI players. Take a look at Shikhar Dhawan’s numbers in the 50-over format for evidence.

ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: India eye clean sweep, Zimbabwe hope to restore pride
ZIM vs IND 3rd ODI: India eye clean sweep, Zimbabwe hope to restore pride

Shubman Gill, who is incredibly skilled, should not be satisfied with his performance thus far on the tour. And will undoubtedly try again against the Zimbabwean bowlers.

Rahul’s attempt to ascend up the pecking order in the second game did not succeed. But it will not stop Rahul from doing it again.

In the second ODI, he was at the wicket for just nine deliveries. Because he could only muster one run off five.

This assault has excelled in the absence of the front-line bowlers and demonstrated its potential; the calibre of the opponent is not a justification for undermining the efforts of devoted individuals like Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, and Axar Patel.

Ishan Kishan, one of the batsmen, will try to bounce back from his poor performance in the second game. With a strong knock if given another opportunity to bat.

Zimbabwe might narrow the margin of defeat in the second ODI following the 10-wicket defeat in the series opener. But in order to achieve a better outcome, they would have to play heroically.

The struggling hosts may feel that even that is insufficient. But they would be wise to put Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams. The two of Zimbabwe’s finest batters in recent memory, ahead of them in the lineup.

SQUADS

India: KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (WK), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed.

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