ZIMBABWE 183 (46ov)
INDIA 187-3 (35.3ov)
Toss India, chose to field
Zimbabwe Williams 45, Masakadza 38; Mishra 4-47
India Kohli 68, Dhawan 35, Rayudu 33; Chatara 1-34
Man of the match Amit Mishra (India)
HARARE, Zimbabwe // Stand-in captain Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 68 to lead India to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Sunday, with the world champion comfortably taking the one-day international series 3-0 with two games to play.
Kohli guided India to 187-3 after the top-ranked one-day team bowled Zimbabwe out for 183 at Harare Sports Club.
Kohli's unbroken partnership of 56 with Suresh Raina (28 not out) settled the game and the series.
Kohli also shared an earlier 64-run stand with Ambati Rayudu (33) as India cantered home and to another ODI success after winning the recent Champions Trophy in England and a triangular series in the West Indies.
"It was important to win to seal the series," Kohli said. "Early breakthroughs with the ball, and not that difficult a total to chase down.
"We are not setting any goals. I did not think we had to seal the series today. Zimbabwe still have some inexperience in the line-up, and it is about gaining experience.
"I am one of the few experienced guys in this side and I am trying to take responsibility. Their bowlers have bowled in good areas, they know how to bowl on these wickets and they are using the two new balls well.
"Our fast bowlers can learn from them."
Legspinner and man of the match Amit Mishra led India's bowling with 4-47, and the Zimbabweans struggled after their openers were removed in the first two overs and then were 80-5. Seamer Mohammed Shami backed Mishra up with 2-25
"I always speak to my bowling coaches and they tell me to go for wickets, and not worry about runs," Mishra said.
"Whenever you take wickets, it puts pressure. I have worked hard on the googly, with Joe Dawes, and lots of talking on it as well.
"There are a lot of upcoming players in the side and there is healthy competition."
Chasing the moderate score, Kohli controlled the Indian innings after coming in at 27-1, combining with Rayudu, who made 33, and then Raina to see the tourists to an unassailable lead in the series. The stand-in captain hit five fours and a six for his half-century, having made a century in the first game.
Seamers Brian Vitori, Tendai Chatara and Michael Chinouya all had a wicket each for Zimbabwe, now playing for pride in the remaining two games of the tour.
India's bowlers had early success after putting Zimbabwe in to bat, removing openers Vusi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza early to leave the struggling home team on 2-2.
Hamilton Masakadza (38), Brendan Taylor (23) and top scorer Sean Williams (45) launched a brief recovery for the Zimbabweans, but Williams' run out by a throw from Ravindra Jadeja in the 35th over left the home team on 133-8 and with little chance of posting a competitive score.
Vinay Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a wicket each for India.
With Kohli in command, India then cruised to victory to clinch the series after similarly comfortable wins in the first two games at Harare.
The series finishes with consecutive matches in the southern city of Bulawayo.
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