India's top order wobbled a bit while chasing a small total but captain KL Rahul said his side was not nervous as it notched up a comprehensive five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second ODI to clinch the series with one match remaining on Saturday.HARARE: India's top order wobbled a bit while chasing a small total but captain KL Rahul said his side was not nervous as it notched up a comprehensive five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second ODI to clinch the series with one match remaining here on Saturday.
Chasing 162 to win, India were 97 for 4 at the end of the 14th over before Sanju Samson's unbeaten 43 off 39 balls took the visitors home with 24.2 overs left.
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Sanju Samson produced a responsible unbeaten 43 after a clinical bowling display, led by pacer Shardul Thakur, as India sailed to a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. It was not quite a domination unlike the first ODI but the
"We bat deep and it's good for some of the guys to get time in the middle. We weren't nervous," Rahul said at the post-match presentation.
"They (Zimbabwe) have some quality bowlers and they bowled well against Bangladesh. I watched it on the television. The bowlers did come hard, they're tall and big and strong boys.
"Good challenge for us as batters, but we bat deep so it wasn't a worry."
Rahul promoted himself at the top of the batting order to open the India innings with Shikhar Dhawan but was out for 1 in the second over of the run chase.
In Pics – Shardul Thakur in the wickets as India cruise to ODI series win against Zimbabwe
NextShow Captions<p>Seamer Shardul Thakur took 3/38 as India completed a 5-wicket win over Zimbabwe to claim victory in their 3-match One-Day International series with a game to spare at the Harare Sports Club. (AP photo)</p><p>After electing to bowl, India dismissed the home side for 161 before chasing down their target with 24.2 overs remaining in another comfortable win to follow Thursday’s victory by 10 wickets at the same venue. (Photo credit: BCCI Twitter)</p><p>All six Indian bowlers took wickets, but it was Thakur who stood out as he dismissed opener Innocent Kaia (16), captain Regis Chakabva (2) and Luke Jongwe (6) with some excellent swing bowling. (Photo credit: BCCI Twitter)</p><p>Sean Williams was the top scorer for Zimbabwe with a run-a-ball 42, while Ryan Burl was left stranded not out on 39 at the end of the innings. (AFP photo)</p><p>India lost captain KL Rahul (1) early in their reply, while the heroes from the first game, Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill, both scored 33 but could not repeat their unbeaten half-centuries from two days earlier. (AFP photo)</p><p>Deepak Hooda (25) and Sanju Samson (43 not out) put on 56 for the fifth wicket to see India to within sight of their target. (AFP photo)</p><p>The third and final ODI will be played at the same venue on Monday. (PTI photo)</p>
"It didn't work (on the changed batting order), I wanted to get some runs but it didn't happen. Hopefully in the next game," he said.
"We're here to play good cricket and win. It's a great turnout today, it's a weekend, and wherever we go across the world we get good support from Indian fans, so thanks to them."
Man of the match Sanju Samson said he enjoyed keeping wickets and contributing with the bat.
"Feels good to spend time in the middle. I took three catches but I missed a stumping too; as keepers we're used to listening to things we didn't do well," said Samson, who took three catches and scored an unbeaten 43.
"I really enjoyed keeping and contributing to the win. In this match the fast bowlers picked the length much quicker and I really enjoyed keeping."
For hosts Zimbabwe, it was their second successive loss and captain Regis Chakabva said his team has lacked in execution with both bat and ball.
"We had a really good fight in the field. We've struggled to pick early wickets in the last few games and we did that today," he said.
"We fell short of runs on the board. Our execution lacked a little bit in the end, and we're looking to score more runs. The bowlers came out charging and they tried to hit their lengths."
Zimbabwe Cricket dedicated Saturday's game to the cause of children's cancer. The home team is donating USD 500 and a Zimbabwe jersey to a six-year-old who also got a signed ball from Sanju Samson.