India is the defending champion of this world cup. They finished the group stage of this world cup as the champions keeping most probably the best form of the world cup. Once again, their bowlers were able to take all 10wickets from their opponents but by then Zimbabwe got a very good score on the board to defend. After 3 quick wickets within 33 runs, Taylor and Williams put up a grand fight. on the 4th wicket came 93 runs and most of that from Williams. After Williams got out at 126, another magnificent 109 partnership took place and this time Taylor not only got to his 100 but also took the team to safety. After all by then Zimbabwe was 235/5. However they could not capitalize from there as they lost next 5 wickets within 52 runs. So the end score was 287 all out on 48th over. For India Shami, Yadav and Sharma took 3 wickets each with Yadav having the lowest economy.
Zimbabwe showed sign of putting up a good fight. They took 4 wickets by 92 runs and they got players like Rahana, Kohli, Dhawan and Rohit without allowing them to settle. However, that’s where things started to go wrong. Raina and Dhoni put up a record breaking partnership for 5th wicket and took the team to victory. Raina was dropped once before his 50 but without that it was a chance less play from those 2 players. Raina got to his 5th ODI 100 while the captain made a contribution of 85 and finished the innings with a grand six. Dhoni once again proved that in a run chase, he is the best finisher at the moment in the world. Panyangara got 2 wickets for Zimbabwe.
Match Information –
Winner – India
Looser – Zimbabwe
Won by – 6 wickets and 8 balls remaining
Man of the match – Shuresh Raina