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.