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India beat Zimbabwe by six wickets

Cricket World Cup

 Auckland:  India defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets in their final pool B ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here today.

Put into bat, Zimbabwe posted 287 all out against India in their last pool B ODI match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Eden Park, here today.

Brendan Taylor played the innings of his life in his final ODI for Zimbabwe as his 138 helped the team manage 287 all out in 48.5 overs against defending champions India in the final pool B league encounter of the cricket World Cup, here today.

The total was highest by any country against India in the current edition surpassing Ireland’s 259 in the previous game.

Taking the Indian bowlers by the sword after being put into bat, Taylor smashed the white ball around the small Eden Park ground, cracking 15 boundaries and five sixes in his 110-ball stay.

Having scored his first 50 off 64 deliveries, Taylor
scored his next 88 runs in only 46 balls as the three-figure mark was reached in 99 deliveries.

It was his eighth ODI century and highest by any Zimbabwean and also the first against India in this edition of the mega event.

He got a standing ovation from the Indian supporters as the likes of Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan congratulated the 29-year-old, who is migrating permanently to England after this match due to financial constraints.

This was also one of the matches where Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1/75 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/71 in 10 overs) bore the brunt of the mayhem created by Taylor.

The pace trio held their own once again, as young Mohit Sharma (3/48 in 10 overs), Mohammed Shami (3/48 in 9 overs) and Umesh Yadav (3/43 in 9.5 overs) did well as the final five wickets went for 47 runs after Zimbabwe were 241 for five at one stage.

Taylor was well-supported by Sean Williams (50) as they added 93 for the fourth wicket while another 109 for the fifth wicket was added in company of Craig Ervine (27) after Zimbabwe were reduced to 33 for three in 11 overs.

At the start Hamilton Masakadza (2), Chamu Chibhabha (7) and Solomon Mire (9)  were sent back by the three seamers as Zimbabwe were reduced to 33 for three in 11 overs.

It was time when Taylor was joined by Sean Williams as the two initiated a recovery process.

Brief Score:

Zimbabwe: 287 all out in 48.5 overs

(Brendan Taylor 138, Sean Williams 50, Sikandar Raza 28; Mohammed Shami 3-48, Umesh Yadav 3-43, Mohit Sharma 3-48).

 India: 288/4 in 48.4 overs

(Suresh Raina 110 not out, M S Dhoni 85 not out, Tinashe Panyangara 2/53).

layer of the match - SK Raina (India)

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