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02-Aug-2013 17:42:00 GMT
Zimbabwe v India, 5th ODI, Bulawayo

India Looks Maiden Away Whitewash

Bulawayo: India will seek their first whitewash in a five-match one-day series away from home when they take on a ragged Zimbabwe side in the fifth one-day international at Queens Sports Club on Saturday.

Although India have recorded three 5-0 series wins at home in the past five years -- whitewashing England twice and New Zealand once -- they are yet to achieve the feat on foreign soil.

Four back-to-back victories achieved with consummate ease, India might continue to experiment with their team composition.

Led well by an in-form Virat Kohli, India have outclassed the hapless Zimbabweans in every department of the game and it would take a momentous effort from the hosts to get at least one win.

At the start of the series, Zimbabwe's coach, Andy Waller, had hoped of surprising India at least once in the series but that moment is unlikely to come even on Saturday given the way the visitors have dominated so far.

In fact, the Indians have felt more at home with the conditions than the home team, which has failed to fire even once as a unit.

Aside from a bright spark here or a fighting effort there, Zimbabwe's performance has been expectedly sub-standard against India, a team which was missing some of its key players such as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, pacer Umesh Yadav and off-spinner R Ashwin.

In the fourth match on Thursday, which the Indians won by nine wickets, a couple of ODI debuts were handed out with pacer Mohit Sharma instantly making an impression.

The Indians might just try out all-rounder Parveez Rasool as well in the last match and if it happens, he would become the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to get an ODI cap

For Zimbabwe, the match would be an opportunity to retrieve some of the lost pride. They would be hoping to spring that one surprise that their coach had wanted from them.

Sikandar Raza, Elton Chigumbura and Vusimuzi Sibanda would shoulder the batting responsibilities having been the primary run-getters for the team through the series.

The trio will, however, need to fire in unison to make any impact against the rampaging world champions.

Among bowlers, Brian Vitori and Prosper Utseya would have to extract the maximum from the wicket to trouble the in-form visitors, who have not experienced any major trouble in scoring runs.

Teams from:

Brendan Taylor (Capt. & wk), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Michael Chinouya, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Natsai M'shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams

India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Parveez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Amit Mishra.

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Saturday August 3, 2013
Start time 0900 local (0700 GMT, 12.30pm IST)

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