Zimbabwe – 183 all out in 46 overs (S. Williams 45, H. Masakadza 38; A. Mishra 4-47, M. Shami 2-25)
India – 187 for 3 in 35.3 overs (V. Kohli 68*, S. Dhawan 35)
India won by 7 wickets.
India took an unassailable three-nil lead in the five-match Celkon Cup One-Day International (ODI) series, with an emphatic seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe, at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Another disappointing performance by Zimbabwe's batsmen saw the home side bowled out for a meagre 183 runs in 46 overs, after India won the toss and decided to field.
Zimbabwe got off to the worst possible start, as they lost both Vusimuzi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza Butt with just two runs on the board, after Sibanda’s attempted shot was caught at mid-on, while Butt was caught behind off the impressive Mohammed Shami for one.
There was a mini-recovery between the team’s two senior batsmen, Hamilton Masakadza and captain Brendan Taylor, who added 64 for the third wicket before Taylor was well caught at mid-off for 23.
Hamilton Masakadza then departed for a promising 38, trying to cut the leg spin of Amit Mishra, but ended up edging the ball through to keeper Dinesh Karthik.
Malcolm Waller's poor form continued when he was out leg-before-wicket to the very next ball.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals, but Sean Williams who top scored with 45 runs, as well as some good resistance by Tendai Chatara (23) and Brian Vitori (17), ensured that the home side passed 150 runs.
Mishra continued to bamboozle the Zimbabwean middle order, ending with figures of four for 47, which earned him the man of the match award.
There were celebrations aplenty for MidWest Rhinos pace-bowler Michael Chinouya when he got the prize wicket of Rohit Sharma, giving him his first ODI wicket.
Although Chinouya went for 36 runs in seven overs, he impressed all and sundry with his attitude and aggression, and left the distinct feeling that he will still have a very important part to play in matches to come.
Virat Kohli however brought all his class and composure to the crease, stroking an unbeaten 68 off 88 balls to ensure India's comfortable win, passing Zimbabwe's total with 14.3 overs to spare. The victory secured them the series win.
The teams now travel down to Bulawayo for the two remaining games, which will be played on Thursday and Saturday at the Queens Sports Club.