Raza, Evans, and Williams the only positives in a lacklustre performance by Zimbabwe: Player Ratings for the hosts

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Sikandar Raza almost single-handedly won Zimbabwe the third ODI

Sikandar Raza’s lion-hearted effort took Zimbabwe on the cusp of a famous victory before India held its nerves to pull off a 13-run win in the third ODI and complete a series sweep in Harare on Monday.

The final game of the series too was heading India’s way until Raza (115 off 95 balls) brought Zimbabwe back into the contest with the support of Brad Evans (28 off 36).

The duo shared a 104-run stand from 77 balls for the eighth wicket to raise hopes of a memorable result against their mighty opponents. However, Raza fell to a brilliant catch by Shubman Gill in the penultimate over, as India scraped through.

Here, we rate how every Zimbabwean player performed in the three-match ODI series against India –

Batters

Innocent Kaia – 2/10

One of the stars in the Bangladesh series, Kaia failed to impress against India after being asked to open the innings. His returns of 4, 16 and 6 put the Chevrons in concern early on in the innings and thus a move to ask him open clearly failed for the hosts.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano – 2/10

Opener for the last two ODIs, Kaitano just like Kaia failed to provide any resistance and gave up wickets cheaply against a quality Indian bowling line-up. He scored seven in the second ODI and followed that up with 13 in the third and final ODI.

Tadiwanashe Marumani – 2/10

Played a solitary game as an opener in the first ODI but didn’t trouble the scorers much by registering just eight runs although he did spend some time in the middle facing a total of 22 deliveries to negate the excess swing achieved by Indian pacers in that match.

Wesley Madhevere – 1/10

Highly rated in the Zimbabwean cricketing circles, Madhevere was handed the important role of batting at number three in the series, but he clearly failed in that role losing his wicket cheaply before being dropped from the third and final game of the series.

Tony Munyonga – 3/10

Played a lone game replacing Madhevere in the final ODI of the series and although he spent some quality time in the middle facing 31 balls but failed to score much, ending up registering mere 15 runs.

Sean Williams – 7/10

Sean Williams was consistent throughout the series for the hosts

Sean Williams was consistent throughout the series for the hosts

One of the star performers for Zimbabwe in this series, Williams was consistent throughout the series. Although he failed with the bat in the first ODI, he came back strongly in the second and third, scoring 42 in the penultimate ODI before following that up with 45 in the next game.

Regis Chakabva – 5/10

Another star performer for the Chevrons against Bangladesh, skipper Chakabva started this series with a decent performance of 35, however, failed to replicate the same in the next two ODIs. One of the mainstays of the Zimbabwean batting line-up much was expected of Regis in this series, but unlike his colleagues Williams and Raza, he failed to impress much.

Ryan Burl – 5/10

Another batter of whom much was expected in the series was Ryan Burl, but the southpaw did not impress at all. He did score an unbeaten 39 in the second ODI, which helped Zimbabwe post a total par 150, but failed to replicate the same in the first or the third ODI of the series.

All Rounders

Sikandar Raza – 8/10

Sikandar Raza is in his form of life; after being the protagonist for the Chevrons in the Bangladesh series, Raza continued his brilliant run by scoring another ton in the final ODI that almost won the hosts the match. As outstanding as that innings was, Raza failed to do much in the first two ODIs failing cheaply. He also scalped a lone wicket of Deepak Hooda in the second ODI.

Luke Jongwe – 4/10

Failed with the bat completely in the series but did get three wickets while bowling. Much was expected of Jongwe, who is one of Zimbabwe’s prime all-rounders, but he failed to show the promise that was achieved against Pakistan in the 2021 series.

Brad Evans – 9/10

Brad Evans was impressive with both the bat and the ball in the ODI series against India

Brad Evans was impressive with both the bat and the ball in the ODI series against India

A rare shining spot for the hosts in the series, Evans not only performed with the ball but was equally good with the bat. He struck a record partnership for the ninth wicket with Ngarava in the first ODI where he returned with an unbeaten score of 33 to help the hosts post a respectable total of 189.

Although he failed completely with both and ball in the second ODI, he instantly made that up by scalping a fifer in the final ODI and then forming another 100-plus partnership with Sikandar Raza to almost seal the third ODI in favour of the hosts.

Bowlers

Victor Nyauchi – 5/10

Despite playing all three games of the series, Nyauchi failed to do much with the ball, scalping two wickets in two games. But Nyauchi was more economical in his line and length, keeping the Indian batters, especially the openers at bay. He can be one serious threat to opposition batters with the arrival of Muzarabani and Chatara to the Chevrons’ squad.

Richard Ngarava – 3/10

Richard Ngarava played two of his side’s three games in this series but remained wicketless in both the innings he bowled. He was involved in a record partnership with Brad Evans in the first ODI but barring that, he had no notable performance and would definitely lose his spot once Blessing Muzarabani is fit.

Tanaka Chivanga – 4/10

Another bowler who might not be in the reckoning once Tendai Chatara comes back into the squad is Tanaka Chivanga, who only played one game of the series replacing Ngarava in the second ODI but failed to trouble the batsmen and scalped a solitary wicket. He bowled seven overs in that game and leaked 38 runs.

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