Jadav, Sran secure series win


India completed a two-one series triumph over Zimbabwe, after a tight three-run victory in Wednesday's third Twenty20 International at the Harare Sports Club.

Host captain Graeme Cremer's choice to bowl first after winning the toss saw India mount a formidable total of 138 for six, thanks largely to the hard-hitting Kedar Jadhav's quickfire half-century.

Jadhav struck seven fours and a solitary six en route to 58 from 42 deliveries. He was adequately complemented by sidekick Axar Patel's brisk 20 – and opener Lokesh Rahul's initial 22.

Seamer Donald Tiripano was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers, completing figures of three for 20, including the key dismissals of Jadav and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The home side's pursuit lacked a standalone spearhead. Six of the top seven batsmen, in fact, reached double figures – but not one managed more than the experienced Vusi Sibanda's promising 28.

Left-arm seamer Barinder Sran needed to restrict the opposition to 19 runs or less in the final over of Wednesday's humdinger. His opening delivery was struck for six – and five no-balls two deliveries later didn't help India's cause. The steely Timycen Maruma and all-rounder Elton Chigumbura, however, couldn't find the final three runs.