Kedar Jadhav (105 off 87) scored a sparkling ton, batting at No. 6 in the 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe to take India to a 3-0 series victory. With a more-than-challenging total of 276/5 posted in 50 overs, the Indian bowlers then got into the act and secured an emphatic 83-run victory. Chamu Chibhabha (82 off 109) waged a lone battle for Zimbabwe yet again, but found little support from the other end, as the hosts were bowled out in the 43rd over.
India put into bat, lose wickets upfront
The visitors were on the back-foot in the first hour of the match, as fast bowler Neville Madziva managed to send both openers (Vijay and Rahane) back to the hut by the 7th over. Manoj Tiwary’s struggle to get some runs under his belt proved futile, as he toiled hard for a 33-ball-10 before being dismissed by Prosper Utseya in the 19th over. Robin Uthappa(31 off 44) got a decent start today, but threw it away yet again. India were reeling at 82/4 in the 22nd over when the debutant Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav came together to script an epic turnaround.
Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey go big, take India past 250
With 4 wickets down even before the scoreboard read 100, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav had to exercise caution for some time and focus on building a partnership to steady the innings. India’s run rate was thus abysmally slow during the middle overs, but the two batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking by rotating the strike. They broke loose after the 40 over mark when the 3rd powerplay kicked in. Kedar Jadhav proved to be the more aggressive of the two, as he took the initiative of clearing the ground during the slog overs. A 144-run stand for the 5th wicket resuscitated the Indian innings in quick time. Pandey was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the 47th over for a well made 86 ball-71. Jadhav, however, went on to complete his century in just 86 balls – the knock was decorated with 12 fours and a six. Stuart Binny chipped in with 18 off just 8 balls, as India managed to score 106 runs off the last 10 overs.
Indian bowlers get on top of Zimbabwe despite Chibhabha’s fight
For the second time in 3 days, Chamu Chibhabha played a lone hand for Zimbabwe. After the early dismissal of Hamilton Masakadza, Chibhabha got together with Chakabva to put up a 70 run stand for the 2nd wicket. The partnership kept the home team’s hopes alive for some time, but the Indian bowlers picked up wickets more frequently to derail Zimbabwe’s chase.. Stuart Binny was the central figure in the Indian bowling unit today, as he finished with figures of 10-1-55-3. Harbhajan Singh was at his economical best once again, picking up 2 wickets for 35 runs in his 10 overs. Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel picked up a couple of wickets each. Barring Chibhabha’s 82, there were no notable contributions from the Zimbabwe batsmen. The chase looked to be headed for nowhere after he was dismissed by Binny in the 37th over.
Man of the Match – Kedar Jadhav
Man of the Series – Ambati Rayudu