HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — 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.

Legspinner 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.

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, which now has just pride to play for 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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