India clinch ODI series against Zimbabwe with victory in 2nd ODI

Harare: India clinched the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe today, where the visitors crushed the minnows by eight wickets at Harare, to earn an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

On Saturday, India had taken the lead after winning the opening ODI comfortably by nine wickets.

It was a dominant performance yet again from the new-look Indian side today. Their bowlers first skittled Zimbabwe for a lowly 126 in 34.3 overs, with the hosts losing their last seven wickets for only 20 runs.

Young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful bowler, with three wickets for 25 runs.

Later, the Indian batsmen hardly broke a sweat to get past the target in only 26.5 overs. Ambati Rayudu was the top scorer with an unbeaten 41 off 44 balls.

The two batsmen out were Karun Nair 39 and K L Rahul 33. Manish Pandey was not out on 4.

If India manage a ‘whitewash’ by winning the third ODI on Wednesday, then it would be a hat-trick of all-out series wins for the Indian teams, maintaining a clean slate in the African nation after their victories in 2013 and 2015. (ANI)