Zimbabwe 163 in 39.5 overs:
(S. Williams 51, H. Masakadza 32; A. Mishra 6-48)
India 167 for 3 in 34 overs:
(A.Rahane 50, R. Jadeja 48*, S. Dhawan 41; K. Jarvis 2-18)
India won by 7 wickets.
India completed a series sweep of the Celkon Cup, when they won the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) match against Zimbabwe, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.
As he did in most of the series, India stand-in captain Virat Kohli won the toss and as he has done each time he has won, sent Zimbabwe in to bat.
As they have done in most of the series, Zimbabwe struggled with the bat.
Vusimuzi Sibanda was the first wicket to fall, when he was caught behind by Dinesh Karthik off the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat in the fourth over. He had put up five runs and his exit left Zimbabwe one down for 13.
Brendan Taylor was the next to go. The Zimbabwe captain has been struggling in this series and faced just one ball in the fourth ODI, when he was trapped leg before wicket for a duck by Ravindra Jadeja. This time Taylor occupied the crease longer – 11 balls. But the outcome was the same. Another duck.
It was now 23 for two. Wickets continued to fall cheaply and regularly until it was 72 runs for five wickets in the 23rd over, when Malcolm Waller (8) was caught at mid-on by Mohit Sharma off Amit Mishra.
Home-boy Sean Williams and Elton Chigumbura, who has not struggled as much as the other Zimbabwe batsmen, stuck in for a sixth-wicket stand of 50 – the most productive partnership of the Zimbabwe innings. It was broken when Chigumbura (17) was caught lbw by Mishra. Tinotenda Mutombodzi, one of the four changes in the Zimbabwe team, came but departed soon after for four. He also fell to Mishra, this time caught by Suresh Raina.
Williams would be the next Mishra victim when he was caught by Kohli after top-scoring for Zimbabwe with 51 runs which came off 65 balls, six of them fours.
Mishra also added Natsai M’shangwe and Brian Vitori to his haul, restricting Zimbabwe to 163 in 39.5 overs. The spinner ended with six wickets for 48 runs in 8.5 overs, and the player of the match award. The half-dozen tally took his total harvest of the series to 18.
Chasing, the tourists stumbled when opener Cheteshwar Pujara was bowled by the returning Kyle Jarvis for a duck, with the fourth ball of the India innings. Jarvis then struck in the 11th over, when he had Shikhar Dhawan (41) caught by Taylor, but thereafter the India vessel was on cruise control towards victory.
The only other wicket to fall before the victory line was that of Ajinkya Rahane, who perished on 50 when part-timer Malcolm Waller got his middle stump in the 28th over.
Six overs later, Kohli led India to a clean sweep of the five-ODI series.