Friday, August 2, 2013

India vs Zimbabwe: Virat Kohli eyes Zimbabwe whitewash after 4th consecutive win

India on Thursday thrashed Zimbabwe by nine wickets for a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Bulawayo:? After hammering minnows Zimbabwe yet again, India skipper Virat Kohli now has his eyes trained on a 5-0 clean sweep of the hosts in the ODI series.

India on Thursday thrashed Zimbabwe by nine wickets for a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

"Definitely (that's the aim). We want to end on a high and go home with smile on face. We want to finish the series properly and if we execute things, proper results will follow," Kohli said when asked if he has a 5-0 result in mind.

Kohli credited his bowlers and top-order batsmen.

"The pitch was doing a bit early and we tried to extract. Our bowlers did a great job and then Rohit and Raina finished it off well," he said.

Rohit Sharma (64) and Raina (65) scored unbeaten half-centuries and shared a 122-run strand in 21.2 overs in India's chase of 145.

"It was good to see Rohit performing consistently. He was not getting runs early in the series."

Kohli had good words to say about debutant paceman Mohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

"Jadeja is a good allrounder and he showed what he can do with the wickets and that run-out. Mohit was accurate from ball one which was pleasing to see as it was his first game. We are really proud of him and I wish him luck," Kohli said.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor looked dejected after the side's fourth successive defeat.

"It is pretty frustrating. It was a good batting wicket. We did all the hard work but couldn't execute it there. We keep getting ourselves out and keep capitulating, it's difficult to come back from that," he said.

Nevertheless he hoped that the team would put up a good show in the last match on Saturday.

"We try to stay relax and keep the morale up. The series has not gone well and fortunately there's one more game. We've had our chances but couldn't grab them."

Mohit Sharma was named Man of the Match for returning figures of two for 26 on debut.

"I am feeling good. Thanks to the coach and captain for giving me this chance. I did not try much, just kept the things simple, I stuck to basics. Hopefully I will do well in the next match as well," he said.

Story first published on: Thursday, 01 August 2013 20:19


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