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Zim vs Ind, 3rd ODI: It’s time to experiment

PTI
Published Jun 15, 2016, 1:23 am IST
Updated Jun 15, 2016, 8:41 am IST
A win on Wednesday will give India a third successive series clean-sweep after the triumphs in 2013 and 2015.
Team India players during a training session in Harare (Photo: BCCI)
 Team India players during a training session in Harare (Photo: BCCI)

Harare: The series already pocketed, India would look to hand Zimbabwe a third successive whitewash while testing more youngsters when they take on the lacklustre hosts in the third and final One-day International here on Wednesday.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave enough hints on changes in the playing eleven after two easy wins against the hosts, who have proved no match even for a second string Indian team.

 

The series so far has been a lopsided affair and fans of either side will be hoping for a closer contest at the Harare Sports Club to help generate some interest in the short rubber, to be followed by three T20 Internationals at the same venue.

A win on Wednesday will give India a third successive series clean-sweep after the triumphs in 2013 and 2015. Going by the words of skipper Dhoni, more changes are likely in the Indian batting order as only top three batsmen have got substantial time in the middle.

Opener Lokesh Rahul, who scored a memorable ton on his ODI debut, can be rested alongside number three Ambati Rayudu. The two have by far faced the most number of balls, 165 and 164 respectively.

 

If they are indeed benched, uncapped Faiz Fazal can open with Karun Nair, who made 39 off 68 balls in the run chase yesterday after a failure in the first match. Taking Rayudus place could be another uncapped batsman Mandeep Singh, who was a surprise pick in the 16-man squad alongside Fazal.

Barring the top three, the rest of the batsmen have not got an outing so far, so any other change in that department looks unlikely.

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