Suresh Raina played one of his best innings of his career as riding on his unbeaten knock of 110, India defeated Zimbabwe by 6 wickets at Auckland. This was India’s sixth successive win in this World Cup and now they will face Bangladesh in quarter-finals at MCG on March 19th.

Chasing a stiff target of 288, India got off to a bad start as lost both their openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship with their 50-run partnership but in the anxiety to up the run-rate, Rahane got run-out courtesy some great work behind the stumps by Brendan Taylor. Kohli then also lost his wicket and that left India reeling at 92/4 in 23 overs. Raina and skipper MS Dhoni saved the team from the blushes as the duo put on an unbeaten 196-run partnership for the fifth to guide India’s chase with eight to spare. Raina scored his first World Cup hundred whereas Dhoni, who scored his second fifty in World Cup, remained unbeaten on 85. 

Earlier in the day,Brendan Taylor, who was playing his last match for Zimbabwe, played a gritty innings of 138 as his team finished on 287 in their 50 overs. For India, each of their pacers Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma took 3 wickets apiece. 

 

  • SHARE

    While spending good 22 years of my life, I found my passion in India’s unofficial national game, Cricket.

    Related Posts

    With Roles Reversed, How Will Rohit-Dhoni Dynamics Work Out?

    The previous time Kohli and Dhoni were rested, Ajinkya Rahane was assigned the captaincy for the 2015 Zimbabwe tour. Now with Rahane no longer...

    Team spirit is new coach Stoeger’s biggest challenge at Dortmund

    Berlin, Dec 12: New Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoeger won't be the man having to invent a brand new tactical system, but to teach...

    Maradona skips football match, spends time with kids

    Barasat (West Bengal) Dec 12: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who was supposed to play a 'Match for Unity on Tuesday against former India cricket...

    Putin allows athletes to compete at Winter Olympics as neutrals

    Moscow, Dec 12: President Vladimir Putin has backed the decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to clear national athletes for participation in the...

    For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream says this Indian cricketer

    Mohali, Dec 12: Despite failing the Yo-Yo test, a requisite to make it to the national squad, teenaged all-rounder Washington Sundar on Tuesday justified his...