India cruises to an eight-wicket win

It was a dominant performance yet again from the new-look Indian side, whose bowlers first skittled the opposition for a lowly 126 in 34.3 overs. Then, its batsmen went past the target in only 26.5 overs.

Indian bowlers restricted the Zimbabweans to a paltry 126.   -  AP

A clinical India clinched the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, putting up another all-round show to crush the host by eight wickets for an unassailable 2-0 lead, here today.

It was a dominant performance yet again from the new-look Indian side, whose bowlers first skittled the opposition for a lowly 126 in 34.3 overs. Then, its batsmen went past the target in only 26.5 overs.

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Yuzvendra Chahal (three for 25) wrecked the Zimbabwe middle-order before Ambati Rayudu finished the chase with a 44-ball 41.

If India wins the third ODI on Wednesday, then it would be a hat-trick of whitewashes against Zimbabwe after blanking it in 2013 and 2015.

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With the target hardly posing any challenge, last match's centurion K. L. Rahul (33) added 58 runs in company of Karun Nair (39) for the opening stand. The Rayudu-Nair pair added 67 runs for the second wicket.



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When Nair was finally gone trying to sweep a straight delivery from Graeme Cremer, India needed only two more runs and Manish Pandey hit a four.

With ball darting around a bit, the Indian batsmen were cautious and Nair was lucky to get a reprieve when he edged a catch off Tendai Chatara only to find that the bowler had overstepped. Rayudu and Nair then scored a boundaries frequently and settled into a good rhythm.

Rayudu, who was unusually subdued during his half-century in the first game, started with a couple of boundaries off Chatara followed by a couple of fours each off Elton Chigumbura and Chamu Chibhabha.

Rahul looked solid for another half-century but he dragged one from Chibhabha onto his stumps. He had four boundaries in his 50-ball knock.

In the end, it was another lopsided contest that went India's way with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni not batting for the second time in a row.

Earlier, Chahal scalped three wickets as India produced another professional bowling effort to dismiss a fragile Zimbabwe batting line-up for 126.

It was another chilly morning at the Harare Sports Club and Dhoni, winning the toss for the second time in succession, expectedly put the opposition in.

Indian pacers Barinder Sran (two for 17) and Dhawal Kulkarni (two 31) struck early before leggie Chahal joined the party. Zimbabwe lost its last seven wickets for 20 runs to be bundled out in 34.3 overs.

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