Amit Mishra notched up career-best six-wicket haul

Mishra's fine effort of 6 for 48 saw India bowl out Zimbabwe for a paltry 163 in 39.5 overs after opting to bowl and the visitors then chased down the small target comfortably with 16 overs to spare at Queens Sports Club.


The leg-spinner also equalled the world record for most wickets in a bilateral ODI series. He took his series tally to 18, equalling the record held by compatriot Javagal Srinath.
India have recorded three 5-0 series wins at home in the past five years -- whitewashing England twice and New Zealand once. But, this was their maiden whitewash win in a five-match series away from home.
Ajinkya Rahane scored half-century

Ajinkya Rahane was the top-scorer with a 66-ball 50, his third ODI fifty in his 17th match, with the help of four boundaries and a six. He shared a crucial 71-run partnership for the third wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (not out 48 from 77 balls) to lay the foundation for the win.
Jadeja ended the contest in style by hitting a six as India reached 167 for three in 34 overs. The victory target was too small for the rampaging Indians, who have recorded convincing wins over the home side in all the five matches.
Young Team India maintained domination without key player

The young Indian side under Virat Kohli, who came to Zimbabwe without a few top players, maintained their domination over the home side and ended the series in emphatic style.
This series victory also rectified their disappointing performance in this country in 2010 when they lost all their two matches in a tri-series.

Cheteshwar Pujara failed to impress

India's run chase though did not begin well with opener Cheteshwar Pujara dismissed in the fourth ball for a duck.
Playing in his second ODI of his career, Pujara was clean bowled by Kyle Jarvis with a good length delivery just outside off which cut back to sneak through the gap between bat and pad before hitting the top of middle stump. Pujara was out in a similar fashion in the previous game, his debut match, when he made 13.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 41 in final ODI

Shikhar Dhawan, the other Indian centurion in the series, was out in the 11th off Jarvis, the best bowler for the home side on Saturday. The Indian offered an edge to wicketkeeper Taylor as he attempted to push a good length delivery close to off stump. Dhawan, who had scored 116 in the second match, hit six fours and a six in his 38-ball innings.

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.  


Teams (from):    

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat.

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (captain/wicketkeeper), Stuart Williams, Malcolm Waller, Timycen Maruma, Elton Chigumbura, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Natsai Mushangwe, Brian Vitori, Kyle Jarvis.


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