India vs Zimbabwe
India vs Zimbabwe. (Photo: Twitter)

India vs Zimbabwe Head To Head Records, 3rd ODI, India Tour Of Zimbabwe 2022. India will battle it out with Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI on Monday (August 22). The KL Rahul-led side has already sealed the ODI series 2-0. Now, India will be aiming for a whitewash and take positives into the Asia Cup 2022.

The hosts’ Zimbabwe was no match for India’s ruthlessness and quality in the 2nd ODI match. India wrestled down the hosts in the second ODI match too and went on to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the ODI series. They will look to experiment with a few more players in the 3rd and final ODI match and look to audition for the future.

Zimbabwe vs India
Zimbabwe vs India (Image: Twitter)

Zimbabwe on the other hand will be searching for that big performance from any player that might give them an upper hand to fight the strong Indian team. The hosts would be hoping to put up a healthy score onboard. On both occasions, they were all out for below 200.

Their big guns Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, and Regis Chakabva have not contributed much. Zimbabwe performed well against Bangladesh, but so far against India, they have looked abysmal. In the third ODI, the hosts would look to put on a good overall display with bat and ball.

Sean Williams
Sean Williams PC- Twitter

Zimbabwe was rocked early in this match with the scorecard reading 31/4. Sean Williams (42 runs) and Ryan Burl (39 runs) tried their best to steady the ship in the middle order but once they were dismissed their lower order was bundled down to 161-all out. Their batters need to apply themselves and bat out the 50 overs first in this 3rd and final ODI match.

Luke Jongwe
Luke Jongwe. Image-Twitter

Zimbabwe bowlers took wickets at regular intervals but they never had enough runs to trouble the opposition. Luke Jongwe took 2 wickets while the trio of Tanaka Chivanga, Sikandar Raza, and Victor Nyachi took a wicket each in the match. Their bowlers did not have enough runs to defend in the match.

Sanju Samson Man of the Match
Sanju Samson Man of the Match (Photo: Twitter)

India won the match by 5 wickets as they scored 167/5 in 25.4 overs. Sanju Samson top scored with 43 runs and led the team to the victory.  Shikhar Dhawan (33 runs), Shubman Gill (33 runs), and Deepak Hooda (25 runs) in the match. The likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi might get a chance in playing XI in this 3rd and final ODI match.

Shardul Thakur claimed 3 wickets and was the leading wicket-taker in this match. Mohammed Siraj and Axar Patel claimed a wicket apiece and were phenomenal with the ball. All the six bowlers claimed wickets as Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, and Prasidh Krishna too took a wicket each in the match.

Shardul Thakur(AP)
Shardul Thakur(AP)

A complete bowling performance led by Shardul Thakur’s three-for (3-38), followed by a 56-run partnership between Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson, helped India inflict a 14th straight ODI defeat on Zimbabwe to win the three-ODI series, on Saturday in Harare, with one game to go.

Shardul Thakur got the most wickets for India on the match day. But it was a collective effort, with Mohammed Siraj’s eight overs going for just 16 runs, and all the bowlers on the show getting among the wickets to bowl Zimbabwe out for 161. In reply, the visitors cruised home with five wickets and more than 24 overs to spare.

India 167 for 5 (Samson 43*, Jongwe 2-33) beat Zimbabwe 161 (Williams 42, Burl 39*, Thakur 3-38) by five wickets

After having returned from a long injury lay-off, Deepak Chahar bowled extremely well in the first ODI against Zimbabwe where he took as many as three wickets and moreover bowled seven back-to-back overs in a single spell. The right-arm pacer was also named the Player of the Match for his special performance. But he was rested for the 2nd ODI to manage his workload.

He may return for the 3rd ODI which also may see Rahul Tripathi and Ruturaj Gaikwad debut in ODI format. The likes of batters Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, and pacers Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj may be rested for the 3rd inconsequential ODI.

India vs Zimbabwe Head To Head Records, 3rd ODI, India Tour Of Zimbabwe 2022

The teams have played a total of 65 ODIs, with India having the advantage of 53 victories. Zimbabwe has registered 10 wins. The two teams drew twice in ODIs, first in 1993 (Indore) and then in 1997 (Paarl). The two teams first faced off in an ODI game in 1983, the eighth match of the Prudential World Cup in Leicester.

The two sides have played nine bilateral series, with India emerging victorious eight times(including the current one). Zimbabwe has won just one, a two-match series in 1996-97. While they won the opening match by eight wickets, the second game was cancelled. Since July 2013, India has won 14 consecutive ODI matches against Zimbabwe with their most recent encounter ending in a 5-wicket victory at Harare in 2022.

Dinesh Mongia’s unbeaten knock of 159 in 147 balls powered India to 333/6 in 50 overs in 2002 at Guwahati. The visitors have the highest total of 333/6 against Zimbabwe in ODIs and Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has the highest total of 289/4 against India in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar with the World Cup. Photo- Getty
Sachin Tendulkar with the World Cup. Photo- Getty

Given a target of 227 in a 2005 Triangular series, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 65 with pacer Irfan Pathan registering his career-best figures of 5/27.

Sachin Tendulkar is India’s leading run-getter against Zimbabwe in ODIs, with 1,377 runs in 34 matches at an average of 49.17. Andy Flower who was a legend of Zimbabwe cricket has scored 1298 runs against the Asian Giants in ODIs which is the highest by any Zimbabwe player.

Kapil Dev hit the highest individual score in an ODI fixture between the two sides. During their 1983 Cricket World Cup 60-over game, Kapil Dev slammed a blitzkrieg unbeaten 175 off 138 balls. Interestingly, 100 runs from the knock came from just fours and sixes.

Andy Flower’s 145 against the Asian Giants in the 2002 Champions Trophy is the highest individual score by a Zimbabwe player against India in ODIs.

Kapil Dev 175 v Zimbabwe. Photo-Getty.
Kapil Dev 175 v Zimbabwe. Photo-Getty.
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Ajit Agarkar leads the wicket-taker charts in ODIs between the two countries, with 45 wickets in 26 matches against Zimbabwe. Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Heath Streak took 39 wickets against India which is the highest by any Zimbabwe bowler.

Heath Streak
Heath Streak (Image Credit: Twitter)

Amit Mishra (6/48) scripted the best bowling figures in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2013. For Zimbabwe, it is Heath Streak who registered a bowling figure of 5/32 against India which is the best by a Zimbabwe bowler.