3rd ODI: Kedar Jadhav ton leads India to series sweep

first_imgKedar Jadhav’s first international century led India past Zimbabwe by 83 runs in the third one-day game and a series sweep on Tuesday.Jadhav’s 105 not out formed the backbone of the India innings at Harare Sports Club, rescuing the 2011 Cricket World Cup champion from 82 for 4 in a 144-run partnership with Manish Pandey.Pandey made 71, and India reached 276 for 5 in 50 overs.Zimbabwe was bowled out for 193, with allrounder Stuart Binny taking 3 for 55 for India with his seamers. Mohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Axar Patel shared two wickets apiece.Murali Vijay was the surprising wicket taker when he trapped E Chigumbara leg before for 10.Touring with an under-strength team led by stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, India clinched a whitewash and got better during the series, winning games by four runs, 62 runs, and then by Tuesday’s comfortable margin.Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field. After 21.4 overs, the India were tottering at 82 for 4 before Jadhav and debutant Pandey stitched the vital partnership. Robin Uthappa was the other major contributor with 31 runs of 44 balls at number three. The men in blue finished 276 for 5 in their quota of 50 overs. Chasing, Zimbabwe built a base for themselves at 150 for 3 in the 35th over, led by Chamu Chibhabha’s 82. But the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 43 runs to hand India a 3-0 series sweep.Kedar Jadhav was adjudged the Man of the Match and Ambati Rayudu was awared the Man of the Series. The teams move on to a two-game Twenty20 series starting on Friday. advertisementlast_img read more