After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in Harare, the Men in Blue would step on to the Harare Sports Club with nothing but a clean sweep in their minds. Despite playing without some of their most prominent stars, India have dominated each of their two matches so far and are expected to do the same in the third ODI.
Meanwhile, the hosts did have their moments in the second match, especially with the ball where they managed to take 5 Indian wickets. However, their batters could not do much against the Indian bowling twice in this series and if they put on an improved show in the final ODI, it would be a huge positive for Zimbabwe.
Before the final ODI of the series, here is a stat-based prediction of who will have the advantage in the crucial phases of the match and who could eventually win this fixture.
1. Toss Prediction
India have won 2 tosses in the series so far while Zimbabwe have won none. Predicting the trend to continue and India to win the toss in the final ODI.
2. Win Possibility
India are predicted to win the match. They have the better record against Zimbabwe and the current Zimbabwe team has proved to be no competition for the KL Rahul-led team. So predicting India to win the series.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is India. Even though they are experimenting keeping in mind the T20 World Cup and the ODI World Cup, the results have gone in their favour especially in white-ball cricket. Zimbabwe shouldn't be too tough a challenge for them to overcome.
4. Powerplay (10 overs) & Average Score
The average powerplay score for India in this series has been 59. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has scored runs at an average of 28.5. So expecting India to score over 50 in the powerplay in the final match while Zimbabwe are likely to end up with fewer runs.
The average score batting first at this venue was 283 in the last 3 ODIs played here before start of this series. If India bat first, they can indeed breach this total. However, Zimbabwe batters have struggled to bat 50 overs and might not reach close to that total.
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