Harare, July 14 (ANI): Kedar Jadhav slammed his maiden ODI ton on Tuesday as India claimed a comfortable 83-run win over Zimbabwe in the third and final one-day international and thereby completed a series whitewash.
Jadhav, who was adjudged as the Player of the Match, produced a brilliant knock as he remained unbeaten on 105 to lift the tourists from a precarious position to challenging 276. The 30-year-old clobbered 12 fours and one six in his innings.
Put in to bat first, India struggled against a disciplined bowling attack by their African rivals and were reeling at 82-4 in 21.4 overs.
Stand-in-captain Ajinkya Rahane and opener Murali Vijay were dismissed cheaply for their respective scores of 15 and 13. Robin Uthappa failed to convert his good start as he was removed by Hamilton Masakadsa for 31.
After the departure of Manoj Tiwary (10), debutant Manish Pandey and Jadhav steadied the ship as the duo built a strong 144-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Manish made 71 off 86 before he fell prey to a delivery by Chamu Chibhabha.
Subsequently, all-rounder Stuart Binny provided a late flourish as he smacked a brisk 18 off mere eight balls to help his side set a challenging target for the hosts.
In reply, Zimbabwe were bundled out for 193 in the 42.4 overs. Chibhabha was the top scorer with a spirited 82.
Zimbabwe recovered solidly after a shaky start as Chibhabha and Regis Chakabva built a resilient 70-run stand for the second wicket before the dismissal of the latter. However, the rest of the line-up failed to keep the momentum going and collapsed like a pack of cards.
Stuart Binny was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists as he returned figures of 3-55, while spinners Harbhajan Singh and Axar shared four wickets between themselves.
Mohit Sharma also scalped two wickets, including of opener Masakadsa (7).
India will now take on Zimbabwe in the two-match T20 series, with the first match to be played on Friday at Harare. (ANI)