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Suresh Raina sets up the series sweep

Suresh Raina played a captain's knock  •  Getty Images

Suresh Raina played a captain's knock  •  Getty Images

Suresh Raina made light work of Zimbabwe's second-highest total in Twenty20 internationals, smacking two sixes and six fours in his unbeaten 44-ball 72. His first impact on the game, though, was not with the bat. After Charles Coventry's cameo, Elton Chigumbura played a mini cameo too, looting R Ashwin in the 19th over for six, six and four, but Raina took a blinder running behind from midwicket towards deep midwicket to control the damage.
Raina was in damage-inflicting mood when he came in to bat, with 32 runs up in five overs. M Vijay had by then - not entire convincingly - converted a slow start into an acceptable one. He kept clearing his leg and swinging, he missed a couple, but the ones he connected travelled. Raina's method involved fewer risks. He kept targeting midwicket and extra cover, and connected well on most of the occasions.
Raina wasted little time, and punched the third ball he faced past extra cover for four. It was all India after that. Vijay hit two massive sixes, Raina responded with a four and a six over midwicket, and India had reached 89 in 12 overs. Two boundaries either side of square leg in Ray Price's 14th over, and Raina matches Vijay's score of 45, in eight deliveries fewer.
Vijay fell on the same score, but Raina kept timing beautifully. The six that brought up his fifty, a low full toss hit over long-off, was effortless, and brought the equation down to 23 off 29, putting the matter beyond any reasonable doubt.