In their last Pool A match before the all-important knockouts, India were made to sweat hard in the field as Zimbabwe ended their innings for 287 in 49 overs. This was the sixth consecutive time that India had dismissed their opponents equalling South Africa’s record.
Choosing to field, India struck early as their new ball bowlers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav removed openers Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha early on in the innings before Solomon Mire was dismissed by Mohit Sharma. It was when skipper Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams joined in the middle and the duo batted sensibly.
They attacked both the spinners as the swept, reverse swept, drove came down the track and attacked them straight down the ground before Sean Williams was dismissed for 50 caught and bowled by Ashwin. Taylor continued his onslaught as he notched up his hundred in his last match for Zimbabwe. He was at his destructive best against Ravindra Jadeja as he scored 25 runs in one single over before he was dismissed by Mohit Sharma for a 110 ball 138.
Sikander Raza chipped in with a quick-fire 28 before the Indian bowlers cleaned up the tail for 287. Indian pace bowling trio took three wickets each.
Briefscores: Zimbabwe 287 (Brendan Taylor 138, Sean Williams 50, Umesh Yadav 3-43, Mohammad Shami 3-48)