Dhoni not planning big India changes for third Zimbabwe ODI


MS Dhoni has ruled out making a raft of changes for India's final one-day international against Zimbabwe after they secured an emphatic eight-wicket win to clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead on Monday.

Zimbabwe collapsed from 106-3 to 126 all out in the space of 10 overs at the Harare Sports Club, and India reached their target with 23 overs to spare to seal the three-match series.

India used an experimental team for the first two matches, and Dhoni hinted it will be a similar line-up when asked if the likes of Faiz Fazal and Mandeep Singh would be given an opportunity in the third match on Wednesday.

"We'll sit and discuss changes for the next game with [interim coach] Sanjay Bangar," he said at the presentation ceremony. 

"There's only so much players can do in only one game. We'll see who can fit in the T20 squad and maybe we'll rest one of the bowlers."

Dhoni also reserved praise for his bowling attack with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3-25) sparking Zimbabwe's collapse.

"Our bowlers did a great job to restrict them, I felt they would cross 200 and our spinners got us important breakthroughs," he added.

"The most important thing is to win games and our batting, when it comes to professionalism, is right up there, even in the first game."

Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer rued losing the toss, but conceded the top order was well below the required standard.

"Losing the toss again may have played a part but our batters didn't look the part," he said. 

"The wicket was still doing a little bit and we were looking to get around 240 to get them under pressure. We know we have four games to go and hopefully come hard at them in the T20s."