After thrashing Ireland by 8 wickets in the previous match, India will take on Zimbabwe on the 14th March at Auckland. The match starts at 6.30 AM IST. India who has been in great form in the 5 matches so far will be looking to continue their form.
Team Guide –
India has a great batting order with a lot of firepower. In the previous match against Ireland, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma stitched 178 runs partnership, followed by Virat Kohli, Rahane, Suresh Raina, the match finisher MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin. The bowling which looked out of sorts has bowled brilliantly. The Indian bowling has Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Ashwin and Jadeja.
They have a good batting line up. They have Chibhaba and Raza at the top of order followed Mazakadza, Taylor and Williams, Ervine. In the match against Ireland Taylor and Williams played excellent innings but could not help them to win the match. In the bowling front they have been runs in every match. They have Chatara, Panyangara, Mupariwa and Williams. With the mighty Indians it will be struggle for Zimbabwe bowlers.
Previous World Cup encounters –
ICC World Cup 1983, Group Stage, Nevils Ground, Royal Tunbridge(India won by 31 runs)
ICC World Cup 1996, Group Stage, Green Park, Kanpur (India won by 40 runs)
ICC World Cup 1999, Group Stage, Grace Road, Leicester (Zimbabwe won by 3 runs)
ICC World Cup 2003, Group Stage, Harare (India won by 83 runs)
Team News –
With the form India is in it will be an easy match for defending champions India. The teams have been in great form and are in no mood of changing the side. As for Zimbabwe they have performed well with bat but their main problem has been their bowling.
Key Players to watch out for –
India – Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has been in great form in the World Cup 2015. Against Ireland he scored an excellent hundred and led the foundation for a resounding win. With short boundaries in Auckland he will look to continue in the same way and be ready for the knockout match that follows.
Zimbabwe – Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor was in great form against Ireland scoring an excellent 122 and led the fight back of chasing a big score 330. He played some excellent shots and made sure that they are on course for the chase. He has been the main pillar of batting. Against India his contribution will help to score good amount of runs.
Probable Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma
Sikandar Raza, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Mazakadza, Brendan Taylor, Solomon Mire, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura, Tinashi Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Tawanda Mupariwa