Mishra bowls India to historic 5-0 clean sweep

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Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013, 20:30 [IST]
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Bulawayo, Aug 3:Amit Mishra took six wickets to pilot India to a historic seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the fifth and final One Day International here on Saturday. India completed a 5-0 clean sweep over the hosts.


India's dominance was on view from the first ODI in Harare. Zimbabwe were never able to match to Virat Kohli's team. In all five matches of the series, the hosts surrendered meekly.

Mishra bowls India to historic 5-0 win

Zimbabwe's batsmen kept failing and the same story unfolded at Queens Sports Club. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 163 and India completed the chase in 34 overs losing three wickets. Ajinkya Rahane top scored with 50 while Ravindra Jadeja, batting at 4, remained unbeaten on 48.

Earlier, Mishra notched up a career-best six-wicket haul as Indian bowlers once again ripped through Zimbabwe, dismissing them for a paltry 163.

Opting to bowl in chilly conditions, the Indians had the home team on the mat from the very first over.

Sean Williams (51) was the only Zimbabwean batsman to put up a semblance of fight before the home team's innings folded in 39.5 overs.

In reply, India were 43/1 in six overs which were bowled before the innings break. Ajinkya Rahane (7) and Shikhar Dhawan (34) were at the crease for the visitors.

India have already pocketed the five-match series, having won all the earlier four matches. Mishra was the top wicket-taker for the visiting side with six for 48 in 8.5 overs. Mishra also achieved a world record in the process.

With 18 wickets in the series, he equalled Javagal Srinath's record for most wickets in a bilateral series. Srinath took 18 in seven games in New Zealand in 2002-03, while Mishra has taken 18 in five games here.

The collapse started pretty early for Zimbabwe with opener Vusi Sibanda (5) getting caught behind the stumps by Dinesh Karthik off Jaydev Unadkat in the fourth over.

His partner Hamilton Masakadza did stay for a while and raised hopes of anchoring the innings before Ravindra Jadeja rattled his stumps. Masakadza struck a 46-ball 32 which included four boundaries.

Next man in skipper, Brendan Taylor, departed without troubling the scorer but consumed 11 balls in the process. He was caught by Suresh Raina at second slip while trying to have a go at Mohit Sharma.


Story first published:  Saturday, August 3, 2013, 17:22 [IST]
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