Set a target of 184, India made 187 for three with 87 balls to spare after skipper Virat Kohli top scored with an unbeaten 68 and Suresh Raina remained unbeaten on 28
A disciplined India notched up a convincing seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the third one-day International to win the series and secure an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series here on Sunday,
Amit Mishra scalped four wickets and skipper Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 88-ball 68 to emerge as star performers for India as they guided the visitors to their third straight victory in the series.
Mishra led a disciplined show by the bowlers as they dismissed Zimbabwe for a paltry 183 in just 46 overs after Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl.
The visitors overhauled the target in 35.3 overs, riding on Kohli’s fifty and useful contributions from Shikhar Dhawan (35), Ambati Rayudu (33) and Suresh Raina (28 not out).
Kohli, who had scored a match-winning 115 in the first ODI, once again led from the front as he starred in three useful partnerships.
He added 40 with Dhawan for the second wicket, before forging a 64-run stand with Rayudu for the third wicket, while it was the unbeaten 56-run partnership off 32 balls with Raina which finally took India home.
Chasing 184 to win, openers Rohit Sharma (14) and Shikhar Dhawan (35) made a watchful start as pacers Brian Vitori and Michael Chinouya bowled in tandem.
Sharma’s poor run with the bat in this series continued as he was the first batsman to be sent back to the pavilion when he fall to debutante Chinouya.
Sharma chased a widish length delivery from the pacer only to edge it wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor. The Mumbaikar had scored two fours in his 21 balls.
Dhawan, however, didn’t allow Sharma’s wicket to affect the run flow as he blasted Vitori over square leg for a four and then pulled him for another boundary in the same area in the seventh over.
First down batsman Virat Kohli took one over to get a feel of the wicket and then brought up his first boundary in the ninth over when he whipped Tendai Chatara across the deep backward square leg fence.