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3rd ODI, Harare, August 22, 2022, India tour of Zimbabwe
(49.3/50 ov, T:290) 276

India won by 13 runs

Player Of The Match
130 (97) & 2 catches
Player Of The Series
245 runs
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5:50pm The victorious India pose for some picture behind the board that reads CHAMPIONS! Youngsters like Shahbaz Ahmed, Rahul Tripathi have the trophy in hand and are in the middle of it and the smiles say it all. It has been a clinical performance from the tourists and despite being tested today by the humdinger, they came out with flying colours.

Vishal's report is already up here if you need to recap it all. Keep an eye for the post-match/series pieces from Sidharth Monga on the series page as well. That's all from us for this series. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did in bringing it all across. For now, on behalf of Thilak Rama and Vishal, this is me, Sudarshanan, bidding you adieu! Take care, stay safe! Ciao!

Bala: "Gill with his consistent approach in two series has been the Man of the Series in both. A great talent and potential for the future. He should be nurtured to take the crucial No.4 slot in all formats when time demands him to enter the fray."

5:38pm Time for the presentation.

For his magnificent ton and a superb catch at the end, the player of the match is Shubman Gill: "I was just trying to minimise my dot-ball percentage. I just tried to time the ball and not hit it hard. [On targeting bowlers] Raza, Evans were bowling well and it was crucial to target the bowlers. The bat was pretty good and that's why I changed it after my fifty as I wanted to save it. Always special to get a hundred, I had made three nineties but wanted to get a century."

Player of thee series, Shubman Gill again for his 245 runs: "It's a great bunch of players and I have been playing with them for sometime now. This one is for my dad as he has been my primary coach. I got a bit of schooling day before yesterday when I was out on 33. So this is for him."

Regis Chakabva, Zimbabwe captain: "Firstly congratulations to India, I thought they played well. India held their nerves even though Sikandar and Evans gave us the chance. Huge positives today from the bowling. The boys fought really hard on the field. We talk about coming back from tough situations and Raza was brilliant. We definitely take lot of positives and look at those things down under."

KL Rahul, India captain: "We came here with a few ideas and wanted to use these games. A few of us haven't got a game for some time and wanted to use the time. We were very professional with how we played. I wouldn't say nervous but Raza and Evans took it deep. But it is good that we were challenged and the bowlers were tested. I have fielded for about 150 overs and the body feels good. Will use this confidence for the next series. [On Gill] He has batted well throughout the series and did well in West Indies and the IPL. Pleasing to the eye when he bats and good to see him use his form and score runs and good to see his composure and to show the temperament despite not having played a lot of internationals."

Mustafa Moudi : "2 Important lesson from this series - Just Chill, if you have Gill and No Raza No Maza (fun) !!"

JOYDEEPSINGHGIL: "With brad Evans wicket by Avesh win india this match that wicket was the turning point "

5:22pm Tell me you have fingernails left after what we've just witnessed and I'd believe you! Shubman Gill, Brad Evans, Sikandar Raza - we had one act of magnificence over the other lined up. And a fantastic thrilling game to top it all! What is this Raza made of? Zimbabwe were down and out when they lost half their side with not even halfway through. Burl then fell miscuing one to mid-on. But in Evans - who earlier picked up his maiden ODI five-for - Raza found an ally for 104 runs that helped Zimbabwe think the impossible. Raza kept at it despite Evans falling.

And eventually, it needed a stunning catch from Gill - who earlier scored a maiden ODI hundred - for India to see the back of Raza. A classic back-to-the-beginning kind of a match to use a writing parlance. The scoreline will say 3-0 India but the third win was far from being easy.

Two days, two nail-biters. Netherlands almost got over the line against Pakistan yesterday. Zimbabwe almost did that today. Superb match to cap off the series.

Shiv: "Reminds me of the great 1987 WC game, Zim VS NZ. The current coach Dave Houghton played one of the best innings ever in a WC, Ian Butchart like Evans supporter him, and like today, ended few runs short"

Jonathan Dsouza: "Makes one wonder - how much of India's first 2 victories were on account of the advantage of bowling first?"

Sharan: "and THIS is why you need ODI cricket. 7 down in a T20 and match is over because you need 1-2 good overs to close it out, but in an ODI it allows you time for comebacks and the team in front has to keep playing good cricket. In T20s, a 3-4 over period with the bat/ball and the game is done. Tests, ODIs and T20s thats the right order. There, I said it "

Avesh Khan to Nyauchi, OUT

Right in the blockhole and that's curtains to the game and the series. Spears it full and straight on middle, Nyauchi goes back but fails to dig it out. It's a clean sweep for India, yet again, in Zimbabwe, thanks to this 13-run win.

Victor Nyauchi b Avesh Khan 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 0
Avesh Khan to Ngarava, 1 run

Low full toss outside off, smashes it over cover. He wanted a second and was halfway down but had to be sent back. Nyauchi wasn't sharp in his running and it is understandable.

Harish : "Extraordinary innings came to an end with extraordinary catch !!"

Avesh Khan to Ngarava, no run

Full and outside off, Ngarava looks to go over the off side but misses.

Fifteen needed off six! Avesh to bowl. Can he defend it?

Afeef: "Each of Raza's 3 ODI tons he made this month have come while chasing"

end of over 492 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 275/9CRR: 5.61 RRR: 15.00 • Need 15 runs from 6b
Victor Nyauchi0 (2b)
Richard Ngarava1 (2b)
Shardul Thakur 9-0-55-1
Avesh Khan 9-1-65-2
Thakur to Nyauchi, no run

Another length ball outside off, he has a swish but misses. Thakur has done his bit.

Manav: "Heartbreak !!! Heartbreak !!! Heartbreak !!! PS: I am from India."

Thakur to Nyauchi, no run

Slower one on a length outside off, he has a swing and misses.

Nyauchi on strike. Strange that the batters did not cross.

Thakur to Raza, OUT

Shubman Gill take a bow! You cannot keep this young man out of the game today and Sikandar Raza has to walk back. Length ball, perhaps a knuckle ball, that he looks to heave over long-on. Fails to get the desired elevation. It was dying on fielder running in but Gill dives full length to pluck that inches off the ground. The smiles were tough to hide after that act. The Indians rightly go up to Raza after that fantastic knock. Is this a twist in the tale?

Sikandar Raza c Shubman Gill b Thakur 115 (95b 9x4 3x6 147m) SR: 121.05
Thakur to Ngarava, 1 run

Length ball again, no pace whatsoever. Ngarara misses it and it rolls towards the off side off his pads. Thakur has a shy at the bowler's end but misses

Rahul asks Kishan to take his gloves off. It is a trick most keeper adapt these days...

Thakur to Ngarava, no run

Length ball, taking pace off, outside off. Ngarava has a swing and a miss.

Thakur to Raza, 1 run

Slower one full outside off, smashes it to long-off.

Raza is on strike, importantly for Zimbabwe. Richard Ngarava is at the other end. Thakur to bowl the penultimate over. Can he bring back his happy knack?

end of over 4816 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 273/8CRR: 5.68 RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 runs from 12b
Sikandar Raza114 (93b 9x4 3x6)
Avesh Khan 9-1-65-2
Shardul Thakur 8-0-53-0
Avesh Khan to Evans, OUT

Struck in front? Given! Evans goes for the DRS straight away. Length ball on off, he misses the heave to the on side and misses it completely. Did it hit him in line? Is it too high? Hawk-Eye should confirm it all. Three reds and ZImbabwe lose Evans and a review,

Brad Evans lbw b Avesh Khan 28 (36b 2x4 0x6 62m) SR: 77.77
Avesh Khan to Evans, FOUR runs

Luck also favouring Zimbabwe now. Full and outside off, Evans goes for an almighty swing and gets a thick inside edge past off stump.

Avesh Khan to Raza, 1 run

Full and outside off, drilled down to long-off.

Avesh Khan to Raza, SIX runs

That's made as good a sound as any of the crisp shots today. Length ball outside off, Raza has the required width. Smashes it over extra covers and it hits the cushions on the full.

Avesh Khan to Raza, FOUR runs

Raza gets across and down on his knees as he scoops it over short fine leg. Makes good contacts and subtracts four from the equation. Fantastic batting.

Avesh Khan to Evans, 1 run

Length ball outside off, he reaches out and slaps it to long-off. Would have been a wide had he left it alone.

You'd imagine both Avesh and Thakur will bowl the remaining three overs. I'd say it could be advantage Zimbabwe given Avesh's inexperience. He will bowl the first of his two now.

end of over 477 runs
ZIM: 257/7CRR: 5.46 RRR: 11.00 • Need 33 runs from 18b
Sikandar Raza103 (90b 8x4 2x6)
Brad Evans23 (33b 1x4)
Shardul Thakur 8-0-53-0
Deepak Chahar 10-0-75-2
Thakur to Raza, 2 runs

Full and outside off, Raza flays it over covers. Doesn't make great contact and just gets two.

Vasan: "8/10 times, one would expect the batting team to chase down this total, in this day and age. Go Zim Go!!!"

Thakur to Evans, 1 run

Length ball outside off, heaved aerially and it lands it no man's land before long-on.

Thakur to Evans, no run

Sharp bouncer outside off, Evans does not connect with the heave,

Thakur to Evans, 1 wide

Length ball outside off, wide called. Thakur is not happy and takes it with the umpire but it is a futile exercise.

Stat alert, coutesy Sampath: Fifth ODI century for Sikandar Raza in Zimbabwe, equal-most by a batter. Brendan Taylor also had 5 ODI hundreds in Zimbabwe.

Thakur to Raza, 1 run

Very full outside off, squeezed to short third for a quick one.

Thakur to Evans, 1 leg bye

Huge appeal from Thakur but India have run out of reviews. It is a full toss on middle and leg that Evans misses. But he steals a leg-bye as the umpire doesn't entertain India's appeal. How close was that?

Thakur to Raza, 1 run

Third century in last six ODIs for Sikandar Raza and he jumps in delight as he gets to the other end. What a man! What a knock! And he has truly kept Zimbabwe alive in this run-chase. Pushes the length ball to cover to get to the landmark and now will have to focus on the task at hand.

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