Despite incredible opposition from Zimbabwe, Team India clinched the third ODI by 13 runs on Monday (August 22) to complete the series 3-0. The hosts were given a tough target of 290 to win the match and looked set for another comprehensive loss.
But an incredible third ODI hundred in just six matches for Sikandar Raza kept Zimbabwe in with a real chance. Indian pacers were expensive but held their nerve to the death to get over the line.
Fans on Twitter were disappointed with the execution of the Indian bowlers, especially as the opposition moved to 169/7. Avesh Khan, who will go to the Asia Cup as the third pacer, was particularly successful.
Some also praised Zimbabwe and Raza in particular for their brave batting display. Here are some of the responses:
India were under the pump as long as Sikandar Raza was at the crease
Zimbabwe's run began in a similar fashion to their previous batting performances, losing wickets at regular intervals. The likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel spun the net and it looked like the hosts would once again surrender meekly.
But Raza walked out to bat and changed the pace of the chase. The right-hander played some beautiful shots and although the required run rate was steep, he kept the home side in the game. The all-rounder received able support from youngster Brad Evans as the duo added 104 runs for the eighth wicket to bring the hosts to the brink of a famous victory.
But Avesh trapped Evans in front and Raza's brilliant knock ended with an arguably convincing catch from Shubman Gill. Although the Men in Blue won the game, Deepak Chahar (2/75), Avesh Khan (3/66) and Thakur (1/55) were all expensive. That is definitely something they need to think about if they want to make it to the starting eleven and make the T20 World Cup squad for India.