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Gill inspires India to series sweep despite Raza heroics

Gill 130 trumps Raza's 115 as Zimbabwe denied consolation win

Update : 22 Aug 2022, 09:39 PM

Riding on Shubman Gill’s maiden international hundred, India registered a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, despite Sikandar Raza’s valiant century in Harare Monday.

Gill struck 130 off just 97 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six, as India made 289/8 in the dead rubber after the tourists took an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Ishan Kishan (50), Shikhar Dhawan (40) and captain KL Rahul (30) also contributed with the bat.

The breakthrough century for the 22-year old Gill came less than a month after he came agonizingly close to achieving the feat, scoring an unbeaten 98 against the West Indies in Port of Spain.

Gill shared a 140-run third-wicket partnership with Kishan, who reached his half-century before being run out by Tony Munyonga.

In the first ball of the final over Gill sought a boundary, but he achieved height rather than length off a Brad Evans delivery and was caught at long-off by Innocent Kaia.

Kishan struck six fours and Dhawan five fours while Rahul put behind him being out for one in the second ODI last Saturday with a knock that included one six and one four.

Fast bowler Evans was the only Zimbabwe bowler to impress, taking a career-best five wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs.

In reply, No 3 batter Sean Williams posted 45 after the early departures of the openers.

However, Zimbabwe soon got reduced to 169/6 before Raza and Evans (28) took over, stitching together a 104-run stand.

On the way the in-form Raza grabbed his sixth ODI ton before eventually getting dismissed for 115 in 95 balls, featuring nine fours and three sixes.

Zimbabwe though ultimately fell short, having been bundled out for 276 with three balls to spare. 

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