3rd ODI: India vs Zimbabwe - As it happened...

Both the Indian openers - KL Rahul and Faiz Fazal - smashed unbeaten fifties to help India win the match by ten wickets.   

3rd ODI: India vs Zimbabwe - As it happened...

New Delhi: Zimbabwe's poor run continued as India once again crushed them in the 3rd ODI at Harare Sports Club to seal the series 3-0. For his outstanding performance with the ball, 4/22, he was rewarded with Man of the Match award.

Over 21.5 | Score 126/0 | (Rahul 63*, Fazal 55*)

Fazal hit the winning runs by pulling Chibhabha for a boundary towards deep mid-wicket. And with that India beat Zimbabwe by ten wickets in the 3rd ODI to complete a 3-0 whitewash. 

Over 21 | Score 113/0 | (Rahul 54*, Fazal 51*)

Hosts are still looking for their first breakthrough. Fazal pulled the first ball off the 21st over towards fine leg for a single to complete his fifty. He smashed six boundaries and a six to slam his maiden fifty. 

Over 19 | Score 107/0 | (Rahul 51*, Fazal 48*)

KL Rahul slammed fifty. He used mere 58 balls to reach the mark, with the help of four boundaries and a six. Now its time for Fazal to hit a half-century on debut. He is mere two runs shy of the mark.   

Over 16 | Score 80/0 | (Rahul 44*, Fazal 29*)

In the 16th over, bowled by Cremer, Rahul hit the spinner straight over his head for a six. It's the first six of the innings. India are mere 44 runs shy of a whitewash. 

Over 13 | Score 60/0 | (Rahul 29*, Fazal 24*)

When Mupariwa came in to bowl the 13th over of the innings, Rahul hit him for three back-to-back boundaries to up the ante. In the over, India also crossed the 50-run mark. The medium pacer gave away 13 runs.  

Over 10 | Score 43/0 | (Rahul 15*, Fazal 22*)

Madziva to bowl. Rahul has come to the party in the 10th over as he smashed his first boundary in the over towards mid-off. Six runs came from the over. 

Over 9 | Score 37/0 | (Rahul 9*, Fazal 22*)

Fazal is showing his class on his debut game. He played yet another drive towards cover region to get a boundary. Both the batsmen are playing sensibly in the middle.       

Over 8 | Score 30/0 | (Rahul 9*, Fazal 16*)

In the over, Fazal hit Madziva towards cover region to collect his 2nd boundary of the match. Good over for India as seven runs came off it. 

Over 6 | Score 21/0 | (Rahul 7*, Fazal 11*)

Once again chasing the paltry total, Indian openers are off to a decent start as Lokesh Rahul and Faiz Fazal have added 15 runs in the first five overs.

Over 5 | Score 15/0 | (Rahul 5*, Fazal 6*)

Once again chasing the paltry total, Indian openers are off to a decent start as Lokesh Rahul and Faiz Fazal have added 15 runs in the first five overs.

Over 42.2 | Score 123/10 | (Madziva 10*)

After frustrating Indian bowlers for a while, Tiripano was run-out off the second ball of the 43rd over. Another disappointing show by the hosts. The fans would be gutted.

DT Tiripano run out 2 (16b)

Over 37 | Score 110/9 | (Madziva 0*, Tiripano 0*)

Bumrah is unstoppable at the moment. He got another edge and Manish Pandey took an easy catch at second slip. Zimbabwe fans would be utterly disappointed with another collapse. It's really shocking!

T Mupariwa c Pandey b Bumrah 1 (9b)

Over 35 | Score 109/8 | (Madziva 0*, Mupariwa 0*)

It's all happening at Harare! After Bumrah's two wickets off as many balls, Waller was run-out off the first ball of the 34th over. Waller hit the ball towards covers, ran for a single, but wasn sent back from half way down the crease. Axar bowled an arm ball to Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer, who failed to read it and was trapped in front of the wicket!

In his seventh over, Bumrah produced another edge, this time off Mutumbami's bat and Lokesh Rahul held on to an excellent catch diving to his left.

R Mutumbami c Rahul b Bumrah 4 (3b)

AG Cremer lbw b Patel 0 (1b)

MN Waller run out 8 (15b)

Over 33 | Score 104/5 | (Waller 8*)

Another collapse on the cards? Bumrah has dismissed Maruma and Chigumbura off consecutive balls. While Maruma was bowled, Chigumbura got an edge off the first ball he faced which went straight into Dhoni's gloves!

E Chigumbura c Dhoni b Bumrah 0 (1b

T Maruma b Bumrah 17 (29b)

Over 30 | Score 95/3 | (Maruma 13*, Waller 3*)

After being dropped by Dhoni, Sibanda changed gears and hit a six and some boundaries. But his resilience came to an end when he was caught and bowled by Chahal, who picked his second wicket of the match. It was Chahal who dropped him on 0. Malcolm Waller is the new man in. 

Over 25 | Score 68/2 | (Sibanda 20*, Maruma 7*)

In a rarest of rare moments, Dhoni dropped Sibanda on 18 off Axar's bowling in the 24th over. Not often do we see that. 

Over 21 | Score 51/1 | (Sibanda 15*, Maruma 0*)

With runs drying up, Chibhabha charged down the wicket off the first ball of Chahal's second over, but holed it straight to long-off. The 36-run partnership for the second wicket has been broken. Timycen Maruma is the new man in.

CJ Chibhabha c Bumrah b Chahal 27 (66b)

Over 18 | Score 51/1 | (Chibhabha 25*, Sibanda 12*)

With almost nothing on the board, Chibhabha and Sibanda are still looking to play in the Test match mode. Despite finding the middle of the ball, they are still struggling to find gaps once again.

Over 14 | Score 42/1 | (Chibhabha 21*, Sibanda 9*)

Bumrah was introduced into the attack in the 11th over and has been troubling the Zimbabwean batsmen since then. It's crucial from the hosts' perspective to have a good partnership here.

Over 10 | Score 32/1 | (Chibhabha 16*, Sibanda 5*)

The hosts are once again finding it difficult to rotate the strike. Chibhabha is going too hard at deliveries and is failing to find the gaps.

Over 6 | Score 19/1 | (Chibhabha 9*, Sibanda 0*)

Masakadza was shuffling a lot at the crease, and despite the fact that Dhawal was moving most of the deliveries away from him, he edged one in the slip cordon. Had he not played the shot, it would have been a wide delivery. Vusi Sibanda is the new man in.

H Masakadza c Rahul b Kulkarni 8 (18b)

Over 3 | Score 13/0 | (Masadkadza 7*, Chibhabha 5*)

Hamilton Masakdza and Chamu Chibhabha will open the innings for the hosts. The first ball from the second over was a length delivery with width on offer, Chibhabha drove it through covers for a boundary. Masakadza got off the mark with a brilliant pull shot, off the first ball of the third over. Decent start by Zimbabe so far.

Playing XIs:

Zimbabwe: H Masakadza, CJ Chibhabha, V Sibanda, T Maruma, MN Waller, E Chigumbura, R Mutumbami (wk), AG Cremer (c), N Madziva, T Mupariwa, DT Tiripano

India: KL Rahul, FY Fazal, MK Pandey, AT Rayudu, KM Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), AR Patel, DS Kulkarni, JJ Bumrah, BB Sran, YS Chahal

5 changes for Zimbabwe today - Timycen Maruma, Tawanda Mupariwa, Malcolm Waller, Nevill Madziva and Donald Tiripano. Just one for India.

TOSS: Graeme Cremer won the toss and invited India to bowl first. 

UPDATE: Faiz Fazal will make his international debut today and will replace Karun Nair

Keeping in mind the way were jeered by their fans during the 2nd ODI, Zimbabwe will have to put a good show against the Men in Blue in the final match of the ODI series to regain some lost pride.

After being bowled out for just 168 runs in the first match, the hosts put an even worse show in the second match, where they collapsed to just 126 runs, despite being in a decent position at one moment.

Zimbabwe were 106/3 in the 2nd match, before a double blow from Yuzvendra Chahal triggered another batting collapse.

MS Dhoni and his men, would be brimming with confidence with the way they have outperformed Zimbabwe in all departments of the game, even with a second-string squad.

Since they have an unassailable 2-0 lead, Dhoni would be looking to give other youngsters a chance.

It will take something really special from Zimbabwe players to prevent another series whitewash against India on home soil.

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