India vs Zimbabwe, India Playing 11 vs Zimbabwe (Predicted), 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 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.
India won the match by 5 wickets as they scored 167/5 in 25.4 overs. MOM 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.
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.
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Ruturaj Gaikwad had impressed with 635 runs at a strike rate of 136.26 in IPL 2021 even winning Orange Cap but his tally came down to 368 in IPL 2022, with a strike rate of 126.46. In 14 matches with Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 368 runs, with a high score of 99.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his maiden international fifty in the third game after setbacks in the first two matches of the home South Africa T20I series. Ruturaj Gaikwad went after the express pace of Anrich Nortje in the fifth over of the India innings, hammering four fours on way to making 57 off 35 deliveries. In 9 T20Is, the opener had scored 135 runs averaging 16.88 but is yet to debut in ODIs. The 3rd inconsequential ODI may see him get a chance to open the innings.