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ICC World Cup 2015: Suresh Raina hits ton as India overcome spirited Zimbabwe

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Match Highlights of India vs Zimbabwe, Pool B Match at Eden Park, Auckland (Mar 14): ICC World Cup 2015

There was not much expected from the game between India and Zimbabwe, as evident from the sparse crowd that turned out at Auckland in spite of the fact that India were playing. But, stand-in Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor, playing his last game for his country, ensured that whoever came in was treated to a display of rare clean hitting, something which should remain with them for the rest of their lives. Suresh Raina came up with a century of his own, and India skipper MS Dhoni registered his second World Cup fifty in 15 innings to see India home by six wickets. But, the everlasting impression of the match will remain how Brendan Taylor toyed with India’s bowling.

Above photo: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 14: Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after making 138 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park on March 14, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Farewell man Brendan Taylor came in with Zimbabwe in the dumps at 12 for 3, and soon saw the score crawl to 33 for 3. As they have so often done in the series, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma shared the spoils. Brendan Taylor however found an able ally in Sean Williams, who has been in terrific form himself. The left-handed Sean Williams took on the Indian spinners, and reverse swept with ease, even as Brendan Taylor was content giving him the strike, and watching the action from other end. Sean Williams had raced to 50 from 57 balls with three fours and as many sixes when he was caught and bowled by R Ashwin. Their partnership had taken Zimbabwe to 126.

Above photo: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 14: Mohammed Shami of India celebrates his wicket of Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park on March 14, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

After Sean Williams’ dismissal, Brendan Taylor opened up and blossomed like a flower waiting to display its various colours. The manner in which he cleared the field was nothing short of mesmerizing, and the Indian spinners couldn’t only stand and admire the genius of Brendan Taylor. Towards the end, he took on the pacers and well to finish with a magnificent 138 from 110 balls with 15 fours and 5 sixes. India fought back strongly after Brendan Taylor fell in spite of 20s from Sikandar Raza and Craig Ervine to hold Zimbabwe to 287.

Tinashe Panyangara dealt India with two big blows, having Rohit Sharma caught for 16 and bowling Shikhar Dhawan for 4. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli got starts and gave it away to leave India in trouble at 92 for 4. Suresh Raina and Skipper MS Dhoni then took up the challenge to steer India home. The left-hander turned aggressive once he crossed his fifty while MS Dhoni opened up once India were out of trouble. They added an unbeaten 196 as Suresh Raina was not out on 110 (from 104 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes) and MS Dhoni on 85 (from 76 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes), finishing game in his trademark style, sealing it with a six.

Above photo: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 14: Suresh Raina of India bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park on March 14, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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