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Jadhav, Pandey set up series sweep for India

Zimbabwe chase of 277 never gets going as visitor’s bowlers shut out the host for just 193

Jadhav, Pandey set up series sweep for India - Cricket News
After falling to 97 for 3 at the halfway point of its innings, Zimbabwe rallied briefly through Chibhabha and Richmond Mutumbami.
Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey gave their international hopes a big boost in a handsome Indian win that wrapped up a series whitewash over a hapless Zimbabwe side in Harare on Tuesday (July 14). An unbeaten hundred and a classy 71 that set up an 83-run victory ensured that the two batsmen would continue to be considered for India’s forthcoming assignments.

Jadhav’s 105 not out from just 87 balls was achieved with some good fortune, but he made the most of it to blast India to a total of 276 for 5 after it had, at one stage, been reduced to 82 for 4. Elton Chigumbura will wonder how he conspired to put down the easiest of catches at point when Jadhav was on just 41, but also why his team continues to underperform with the bat.

Chamu Chibhabha once again stood out in a poor Zimbabwe batting effort, scoring a confident 82 in a total of 193. Nobody else managed more than Regis Chakabva’s 27 in an innings that lasted only 42.4 overs. Having begun the series brightly, the home side faded as the series progressed.

Chigumbura once again won the toss and elected to field, and Zimbabwe achieved its first objective in exposing India’s inexperienced middle order. M Vijay wafted at a wide delivery from Neville Madziva and was caught behind, while Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Robin Uthappa all fell tamely to the sluggish pitch – caught in front of the wicket whilst trying to force the pace with closed bats.

Pandey appeared to be playing on a different surface to the one the seniors had failed on, displaying none of the nerves one would expect of someone who had been forced to wait so long for his debut. He stroked the ball all around the ground and scored at close to a run a ball, and his confidence appeared to have a positive effect on his partner Jadhav. The pair’s 144-run stand gradually tilted the balance of play as the Zimbabweans once again failed to turn the screws.

Pandey’s 71 represented the fourth highest score by an Indian on ODI debut, but his feat was swiftly overshadowed by Jadhav’s innings. After Pandey had fallen in the 47th over, Jadhav helped add 50 to the Indian total in the last 19 balls, reaching his century in just 86 deliveries.

The reply never got going, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar producing another sublime opening spell with swing and seam movement. Although he failed to find the outside edge, it was rare for the batsmen to lay any sort of bat on ball as he conceded just 12 runs in six overs. Mohit Sharma was almost as impressive from the other end as he earned his first chance of the series, and had Hamilton Masakadza trapped lbw in his third over.

After falling to 97 for 3 at the halfway point of its innings, Zimbabwe rallied briefly through Chibhabha and Richmond Mutumbami. That 53-run stand was ended by Stuart Binny, who trapped Mutumbami lbw, had Chibhabha caught in the deep, and then found Malcolm Waller’s edge to end with figures of 3 for 55.

Harbhajan Singh had another good afternoon, whirling away from the City End to bowl Sikandar Raza and then have Graeme Cremer caught to set up a hat-trick ball that was dutifully kept out by Prosper Utseya. The offspinner was soon strolling off the field, his afternoon’s work done and figures of 2 for 35 from ten overs.

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