Indian cricket team has registered their consecutive 10th win in cricket world cups and 6th in 2015 world cup. Captain MS Dhoni hit the winning six in the match and built 196 runs partnership with Raina for with wicket. Suresh Raina scored the brilliant century and he was named Player of the Match for his brilliant 110 in 104 balls. India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets.
Though India won the match but it was really a testing game ahead of quarterfinal match against Bangladesh. After winning toss India chose to bowl and Zimbabwe put a challenging total of 287 on the scoreboard. Last match playing Zimbabwean Captain Brendan Taylor hit successive hundred in cricket world cup and he made 138 runs today. This was his 8th century in One-Day Internationals.
Zimbabwe could reach at 325 or may be 340 the way they were playing in the middle order. Though Indian team bowled out their opponent sixth time in the tournament, but the bowling was exploit especially spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Even Jadeja conceded 25 runs in his single over against Brendan Taylor. So it was tough day for bowlers a bit before entering in the knockout stage of 2015 world cup.
Indian top order has been performing well in this world cup so far but today Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan departed early. Both players returned to pavilion in the seventh over of innings when team’s total was 21. After this Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane built 50 runs partnership for third wicket but Rahane run out himself on 19. After his wicket India lost big wicket as Kohli was dismissed in 23rd over. He made 38.
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni didn’t play good cricket so far in the competition and it was great situation for them to get best practice ahead of knockout stage. Both players grab this opportunity and confirmed Indian victory without losing any more wicket. Suresh Raina slammed his fifth ODI hundred and came in form before quarter-finals. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 85 runs and hit the winning stroke.
This is the 9th occasion when Dhoni hit winning runs and it was six.. 🙂