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Suresh Raina is the Man of the Match for his wonderful unbeaten 110 off 104 balls. It was a bit of a chancy innings, especially at the start, but once he got in there was no shaking him. MS Dhoni was his rock-steady self. Though Raina was the one walking away with the accolades, it was Dhoni who truly steadied the ship. His innings turned back the clock, and proved that all is well with India’s best finisher. In case you missed out on the action, you can read Nishad Pai Vaidya’s match report, live from Auckland, here: Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni help India end group stage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with six-wicket win over Zimbabwe


 

Live cricket score India: 288/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 48.4

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 110(104), MS Dhoni 85(76)

India need nine to win from two overs. Tinashe Panyangara to Suresh Raina. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. To long on. TWO. Great work at the boundary, the fielder saves two! SIX! AND INDIA WIN BY SIX WICKETS! MS Dhoni pulls this one way over square leg, and India should take a lot of pride in this win!

Live cricket score India: 279/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 48

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 109(102), MS Dhoni 77(74)

Tendai Chatara again. MS Dhoni on strike. WIDE. Down leg. ONE. Shorter ball, and played to cover. ONE. Played to fine leg. TWO. Short and cut through point. WIDE. Left alone by Dhoni. ONE. Played to point. DOT. Played to point. Last ball. ONE. Pulled away to square leg.

Live cricket score India: 271/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 47

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 107(99), MS Dhoni 73(71)

Tawanda Mupariwa again. ONE. MS Dhoni gets it away. ONE. Was that a drop at long off? Sikandar Raza made a great effort but wasn’t able to reach it. TWO. Big outside edge from Dhoni, but it falls safe. SIX! This was on the cards. Length ball on the middle stump, and this is the Dhoni we all know and love. Great effort in the deep, but it’s over the ropes. FOUR. Full toss, and Dhoni is merciless over square leg.

Live cricket score India: 256/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 46

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 106(98), MS Dhoni 59(66)

Tendai Chartara to MS Dhoni. ONE. Dhoni gets it away for an easy single. FOUR. Suresh Raina gets this down fine leg again. ONE. Down to long on. DOT. Dhoni tries to pull but misses. DOT. Edged, but it doesn’t carry. ONE. Played to point, a direct hit and Raina would have been on his way back!

Live cricket score India: 249/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 45

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 101(96), MS Dhoni 57(62)

Tawanda Mupariwa again. FOUR. Down fine leg. Suresh Raina is now on 99. ONE. And there it is! Superb ton from Suresh Raina! ONE. MS Dhoni gives Raina the strike back. WIDE. Down leg. DOT. Defends. ONE. Down to long on. ONE. Played back to the bowler, but he can’t stop it.

Live cricket score India: 240/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 44

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 95(92), MS Dhoni 55(60)

Tendai Chatara again. WIDE. Down leg. FOUR! Just placed to third man! ONE. To long on. ONE. To third man. ONE. To long on. FOUR, NO BALL! Full toss over the waist, and Dhoni swivels. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played back to the bowler. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina put up 150-run stand against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 227/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 43

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 89(89), MS Dhoni 50(56)

MS Dhoni on strike. ONE. Played to point. FOUR. Down third man. ONE, LEG BYE. To fine leg. ONE. And that’s MS Dhoni’s 57th ODI fifty. TWO. Terrible throw! ONE. Quick single to end with.

Live cricket score India: 217/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 42

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 82(85), MS Dhoni 48(54)

Hamilton Masakdza again. ONE. MS Dhoni moves on to 47 now. DOT. Missed by Raina as well as Taylor! Stumping chance? FOUR! Crisp cover drive! SIX! Big, over midwicket! Raina showing his class. ONE. Played to cover.ONE. Quick single.

Live cricket score India: 204/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 41

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 71(81), MS Dhoni 46(52)

Sikandar Raza. FOUR. Pulled away to fine leg by Dhoni! ONE. DOT. Tries to cut and misses. DOT. Misses the cut. ONE. Quick single. ONE. To fine leg.

Live cricket score India: 197/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 40

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 70 (78), MS Dhoni 40(49)

Panyangara continues. SIX! Raina dispatches the ball over the mid wicket boundary for a 78 metre six. ONE! Raina plays it to short third man. ONE! Dhoni takes a single to short fine leg, which brings up the 100-run stand between Dhoni and Raina. WIDE! Panyangara strays down the leg side and India get a bonus run. ONE! Raina hits the ball straight down the ground. TWO! Dhoni places the ball beautifully between long on and deep mid wicket. ONE towards deep square leg to end the over.

Live cricket score India: 184/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 39

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 62 (76), MS Dhoni 36(46)

Mupariwa again. Dhoni tries to play it between point and short third man, NO RUN! DOT! Dhoni plays it cautiously. DOT! Dhoni plays it to covers. DOT AGAIN! Dhoni once again plays it to covers. ONE! Dhoni pulls a short ball to deep square leg, Mire does well at the fence. ONE! Raina hits it to covers.

Live cricket score India: 182/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 38

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 61(74), MS Dhoni 35(41)

Tendai Chatara comes back now. ONE, BYES. Suresh Raina misses the pull, but Brendan Taylor can’t hold on. FOUR. Oh dear, the two fielders mess up at point and third man, and as a result the ball goes for four. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Played to third man. FOUR! Down to fine leg, it was pulled away. TWO. Played through midwicket.

Live cricket score India: 169/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 37

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 55(70), MS Dhoni 30(39)

Tinashe Panyangara comes in now. Suresh Raina on strike. FOUR! Super shot, that was driven all along the ground through long off. It’s his 50 as well! DOT. Played to point. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Quick single. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Can’t get it past cover. Suresh Raina scores 35th ODI half-century against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 163/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 36

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 49(66), MS Dhoni 30(37)

India have taken the batting powerplay. Suresh Raina on strike. Tawanda Mupariwa the bowler. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Played to midwicket. DOT. MS Dhoni misses the flick. DOT. A bit too slow for Dhoni to get away. DOT. Raina raced away but Dhoni sent him back. He had to turn back very quickly. No harm done. FOUR! Dhoni finds the gap between point and third man.

Live cricket score India: 158/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 35

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 48(65), MS Dhoni 26(32)

Sikandar Raza to MS Dhoni. ONE. To midwicket. ONE. Another single. DOT. Played back to the bowler. Good fielding. WIDE. Spinning down leg. ONE. Though midwicket. TWO. Played through midwicket for a couple. Suresh Raina approaches his 50. ONE, DROPPED! Oh dear oh dear oh dear! Masakadza grasses a flier! Suresh Raina went for the slog sweep and got a massive top-edge. He gets a single.

Live cricket score India: 151/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 34

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 44(62), MS Dhoni 24(29)

Hamilton Masakdza comes on now. DOT. Played back to the bowler. ONE. That’s the 150 up for India. DOT. DOT. DOT. Good bowling here. WIDE. Too far outside off. DOT. Down to fine leg.

Live cricket score India: 149/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 33

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 44(58), MS Dhoni 23(27)

Sikandar Raza to Suresh Raina. ONE. Pulled down to long on. FOUR! Full toss, and MS Dhoni smashes it through square leg. That went like a flash! ONE. Played to mid off. DOT. Playing to point. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. Played to long off. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni bring up 50-run stand against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 141/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 32

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 42(55), MS Dhoni 17(24)

Solomon Mire. ONE. Suresh Raina gets it away. DOT. Played to the fielder by MS Dhoni. FOUR. Pulled away to square leg. FOUR. Slashed over point. ONE. Quick single to square leg. ONE. Pulled down to fine leg.

Live cricket score India: 130/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 31

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 40(53), MS Dhoni 8(20)

Sikandar Raza again. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Thrashed away to deep midwicket, but right to the fielder. ONE. Drove to cover. DOT to mid on. DOT.

Live cricket score India: 127/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 30

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 38(51), MS Dhoni 7(16)

Sean Williams again. SIX! Suresh Raina finally gets it away! SIX! And another! This time over long on! Raina has had enough. He’s going into god mode (aka CSK mode)! DOT. Williams goes ’round the wicket, Raina winds up but decides to block it in the end. ONE. Plays over midwicket. ONE. MS Dhoni plays it to long off. ONE, to long on.

Live cricket score India: 112/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 29

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 24(46), MS Dhoni 6(15)

Sikandar Raza again. ONE. Suresh Raina goes for a slog but only manages to get it to the deep. ONE. Played to long off. ONE. TWO. That might have been four on any other day, but today it goes off Raina’s pads and is stopped in the deep. ONE. Played to long off.

Live cricket score India: 107/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 28

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 21(42), MS Dhoni 4(13)

Sean Williams continues. DOT. TWO. Played to third man. DOT. Can’t get it away. DOT. Raina went for the slog, and missed. The ball hit his body. DOT. Good sweep, but straight to square leg. DOT. Defended back. ONE. Played to square leg.

Live cricket score India: 104/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 27

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 18(36), MS Dhoni 4(13)

Sikandar Raza again. DOT. Suresh Raina plays it back to the bowler. DOT. Played to third man. DOT. Played to the bowler. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Played to fine leg.

Live cricket score India: 103/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 26

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 17(32), MS Dhoni 4(11)

Sean Williams again. FOUR! Suresh Raina steps out and whacks it over midwicket for a boundary, and it’s 100 up for India! DOT. Defended. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Left alone by MS Dhoni. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Inside edge onto the pads. No run.

Live cricket score India: 98/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 25

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 12(29), MS Dhoni 4(8)

Sikandar Raza continues. TWO. Played down long on. DOT. Can’t get it away. ONE. Sweeps to fine leg. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. Played to third man.

Live cricket score India: 94/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 24

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 11(26), MS Dhoni 1(5)

Sean Williams again. DOT. Played to square leg. ONE. Paddle sweep to fine leg. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Played in the air. ONE. Dhoni works it away. DOT. Raina can’t work it away. Virat Kohli dismissed for 38 by Sikandar Raza against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 92/4 (Target: 288) | Overs 23

BATSMEN: Suresh Raina 9(21), MS Dhoni 0(0)

Sikandar Raza continues. Virat Kohli on strike. ONE. Pulled to backward square leg. DOT. Played to the fielder. ONE. Played to fine leg. OUT! MASSIVE WICKET! Cleaned him up! Kohli bowled ’round his legs! It hit his gloves and fell back onto the stumps. MS Dhoni comes in. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to midwicket.

OUT! Virat Kohli 38(48) b Sikandar Raza

Live cricket score India: 90/3 (Target: 288) | Overs 22

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 37(46), Suresh Raina 9(21)

Sean Williams comes on now. DOT. Played to square leg. DOT. In the air, but dropped short of square leg. DOT. In the air again, but short of the fielder at mid on. FOUR. Short, and Suresh Raina pulls this through square leg for another boundary! ONE. Played on the leg side. ONE. Kohli drives to cover. India look to take control following three dismissals against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 84/3 (Target: 288) | Overs 21

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 36(45), Suresh Raina 4(16)

Tawanda Mupariwa again to Suresh Raina. DOT. Played to mid on. DOT. Played to mid off. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Gets it away through cover. DOT. Played to cover.

Live cricket score India: 83/3 (Target: 288) | Overs 20

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 36(44), Suresh Raina 3(11)

Solomon Mire again. ONE. Suresh Raina gets it down square leg. DOT. Played to the fielder. FOUR. Outside off, and Kohli throws his arms at it through point. DOT. Tried to pull and missed. DOT. Played to midwicket.

Live cricket score India: 78/3 (Target: 288) | Overs 19

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 32(39), Suresh Raina 2(10)

Tawanda Mupariwa again. Virat Kohli on strike. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Rapped on the pads, but pitched outside leg. DOT. Played to long off. ONE. Played through midwicket. TWO. Played to square leg.

Live cricket score India: 74/3 (Target: 288) | Overs 18

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 29(37), Suresh Raina 1(6)

Solomon Mire again. ONE. Virat Kohli gets it to third man. DOT. Played to square leg. DOT. Short ball, Raina goes for the pull but misses. DOT. Action replay, another short one, another missed pull. DOT. Plays it on the on side. DOT. Played to long on. Ajinkya Rahane run out for 19 against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 73/3 (Target: 288) | Overs 17

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 28(36), Suresh Raina 1(1)

Tawanda Mupariwa continues. ONE. ONE. Played down the ground. And that’s the 50-run stand between these two. DOT. Ajinkya Rahane plays it to point and takes off for a single, but it was never on. He has to turn and race back to get in, but Brendan Taylor breaks the stumps. The third man declares Rahane out! In walks Suresh Raina. ONE. Raina gets off the mark right away. DOT. Kohli defends. ONE. Cut away to point. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane bring up 50-run stand against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Ajinkya Rahane 19(24) run out

Live cricket score India: 69/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 16

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 26(33), Ajinkya Rahane 18(22)

Solomon Mire to Virat Kohli. DOT. Kohli leaves it. DOT. Good ball, left alone outside off. TWO. Nicely played through cover, two more. ONE. The misfield at point allows a single. ONE. Lovely cover drive (through point), but Ajinkya Rahane will only get one. DOT. Played to point.

Live cricket score India: 65/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 15

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 23(28), Ajinkya Rahane 17(21)

Mupariwa continues and the first two deliveries go for no runs. TWO! Nicely played by Kohli towards mid-wicket, the batsmen run two quickly. FOUR! Kohli smashes the ball past the bowler and it runs away to the fence. ONE down to long on. India bring up 50 against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 58/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 14

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 16(23), Ajinkya Rahane 17(20)

Solomon Mire is into the attack. Rahane cuts the very first ball to the point boundary for a FOUR! ONE! Sensible batting, Rahane plays it to mid on and scampers for a quick single. DOT! Kohli plays it to point. DOT! Beautofully driven by Kohli, Raza throws himself to stop a certain boundary. ONE! Kohli plays it in the gap on the off side. TWO! Rahane plays an uppish shot and collects a couple of runs to end the over.

Live cricket score India: 50/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 13

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 15(20), Ajinkya Rahane 10(17)

Tawanda Mupariwa comes into the attack. ONE. Virat Kohli picks up a single off the first ball. ONE. Played to point. ONE. Inside edge played to third man. ONE. Quick single again. Good running between these two. DOT. Played to point. WIDE. Down leg. And 50 up for India. DOT. Played back to the bowler.

Live cricket score India: 45/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 12

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 13(16), Ajinkya Rahane 8(15)

Tendai Chatara continues. ONE. Lovely shot from Virat Kohli. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to point.

Live cricket score India: 44/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 11

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 12(15), Ajinkya Rahane 8(10)

Tinashe Panyanagara to Virat Kohli. ONE. Easy single. DOT. Defended on the front foot. FOUR! Top shot, Ajinkya Rahane plays a beautiful off drive. DOT. Played to mid on. FOUR! Glorious cover drive. Rahane nattomg really well. DOT. Defended off the last ball.

Live cricket score India: 35/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 10

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 11(14), Ajinkya Rahane 0(5)

Tendai Chatara again. DOT. Shouldered arms outside off. DOT. And again, another leave. DOT. And again. Left alone outside off. WIDE. A bit too much outside off this time. DOT. Defended off the front foot. ONE. Lovely off drive, the fielder manages to cut it off and restrict it to just one. He saved three that time! DOT. Defended off the last ball.

Live cricket score India: 32/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 9

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 10(9), Ajinkya Rahane 0(4)

Tinashe Panyangara again. Virat Kohli on strike. DOT. Played from the middle of the bat, but to the fielder at mid on. DOT. Shoulders arms outside off. DOT. Quick single, he raced away the moment he played it. DOT. Ajinkya Rahane just felt at that one. DOT. Defended off the front foot. DOT. Defended again.

Live cricket score India: 31/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 8

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 9(6), Ajinkya Rahane 0(1)

Tendai Chatara to Virat Kohli. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. DOT. Played to short long off. FOUR! Lovely shot! Kohli plays a glorious off drive to open his account. WIDE. FOUR. Superb batting! That was on his pads, and Kohli will cream it for four every day of the week! ONE. Played to third man. Shikhar Dhawan dismissed for 4 by Tendai Chatara against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 21/2 (Target: 288) | Overs 7

BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 0(0), Ajinkya Rahane 0(1)

Tinashe Panyangara again. Rohit Sharma on strike. OUT! Huge wicket! Rohit looks to flick it away, gets a massive leading edge and it’s taken really well by Sikandar Raza! Virat Kohli comes in, but Dhawan is on strike. DOT. No run outside off. DOT. Dhawan defends. OUT, BOWLED HIM! Warning bells for India now. Dhawan chops on! Ajinkya Rahane comes in. DOT. Leaves it alone. Rohit Sharma dismissed for 16 by Tendai Chatara against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Rohit Sharma 16(21) c Sikandar Raza b Tinashe Panyangara, Shikhar Dhawan 4(20) b Tinashe Panyangara

Live cricket score India: 21/0 (Target: 288) | Overs 6

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 16(20), Shikhar Dhawan 4(16)

Tendai Chatara again. Rohit Sharma on strike. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Misses the cut shot. DOT. Well played but can’t get it through. DOT. Again doesn’t get the gap. ONE. Played to midwicket, quick single. DOT. Played and misses.

Live cricket score India: 20/0 (Target: 288) | Overs 5

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 15(15), Shikhar Dhawan 4(15)

Tinashe Panyanagara to Rohit Sharma. TWO. Clipped away off his pads. TWO. Played down to fine leg this time. DOT. Defended on the front foot. ONE. Played to third man. DOT. Dhawan content to bide his time here. DOT. Played to square leg. India off to a slow start against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score India: 15/0 (Target: 288) | Overs 4

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 10(11), Shikhar Dhawan 4(13)

Tendai Chatara bowling to Rohit Sharma. DOT. Good ball. ONE. Worked away off his pads to square leg. DOT. Dhawan looked to flick it away, but played with the leading edge. DOT. Played to cover. FOUR. And Dhawan gets off the mark with a boundary through square leg. DOT. Played to short cover.

Live cricket score India: 10/0 (Target: 288) | Overs 3

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 9(9), Shikhar Dhawan 0(9)

Tinashe Panyangara to Rohit Sharma. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Played to the on side. ONE. Played through cover. DOT. Good ball, it came back in to Shikhar Dhawan. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Defended to the off side.

Live cricket score India: 9/0 (Target: 288) | Overs 2

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 8(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(6)

Tendai Chatara from the other end. Shikhar Dhawan on strike. DOT. Lets it go outside off. DOT. Seaming away outside off. DOT. Beaten outside off. DOT. Dhawan gets this from the middle and set off for a run, but Rohit sent him back. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Defended to mid off. A maiden from Chatara.

Live cricket score India: 9/0 (Target: 288) | Overs 1

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 8(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(0)

So we are ready for India’s chase. Tinashe Panyangara to Rohit Sharma. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Rohit defends and immediately sets off but Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t respond. He manages to get back in time. FOUR. Streaky! Rohit plays away from the body and gets an outside edge. Not too far away from slip. DOT. Defended off the back foot. WIDE. Way down leg. FOUR! Much better from Rohit! Punched off the back foot through point. DOT. Beaten outside off.


 

Fairytale ending for Brendan Taylor, he played the innings of his life in his final match for Zimbabwe. He made an excellent 138 off just 110 balls, but his dismissal brought about the death knell for Zimbabwe’s innings. From 235 for four they crashed to 287 all out. Credit to India’s pacers though, they pulled things back after the spinners had a rare bad day in the office. India managed to bowl out the opposition for the sixth time in a row — a rare record in World Cup history. In case you missed any of the action, you can read Nishad Pai Vaidya’s match report, reporting live from Auckland, here: Brendan Taylor’s magnificent century propels Zimbabwe to 287 against India


 

 


Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 287 | Overs 48.5

BATSMEN: Tawanda Mupariwa 1(2)

Umesh Yadav to bowl the penultimate over. Regis Chakabva on strike. OUT! Short ball, and he gets it on the top of the bat. Rohit Sharma at deep midwicket was in control but the ball dipped on him at the last moment. He took a good catch in the end. Tendai Chatara comes in. ONE. Played down to third man by Tawanda Mupariwa. DOT. That one went past Chatara’s outside edge! DOT. Played to third man but no run. OUT! And he’s knocked him over! Once again India bowl out the opposition, sixth time in a row! India have a steep chase ahead of them though. Regis Chakabva dismissed for 10 by Umesh Yadav against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Regis Chakabva 10(13) c Rohit Sharma b Umesh Yadav, Tendai Chatara 0(3) b Umesh Yadav

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 286/8 | Overs 48

BATSMEN:  Regis Chakabva 10(12), Tawanda Mupariwa 0(1)

Mohammed Shami again. DOT. Oh dear, Regis Chakabva went for a reverse pull, and he nearly lost his visor! ONE, LEG BYE. Good yorker again from Shami. OUT! Tinashe Panyangara holes out to midwicket. The new man in is Tawanda Mupariwa, but Chakabva is on strike. DOT. Short ball, Chakabva misses the pull. ONE. Played to midwicket. DOT. Play and a miss outside off to end with. Tinashe Panyangara dismissed for 6 by Mohammed Shami against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Tinashe Panyangara 6(6) c Umesh Yadav b Mohammed Shami

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 284/7 | Overs 47

BATSMEN:  Regis Chakabva 9(8), Tinashe Panyangara 6(5)

Umesh Yadav comes back to finish things off. WIDE. A bit too far outside off. ONE. Good yorker, and the batsman just about gets it to fine leg by Regis Chakabva. Tinashe Panyangara on strike now. FOUR. Poor ball, on the pads, and Panyangara finds the fence at square leg. DOT. Defended on the off side. TWO. Nicely played over cover. DOT. Gone past the outside edge. DOT. Misses the cut outside off. Sikandar Raza dismissed for 28 by Mohammed Shami against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 276/7 | Overs 46

BATSMEN:  Regis Chakabva 8(7)

Mohammed Shami comes back now. He has taken only one wicket so far, but knowing him he will prize out another couple at the death! ONE. Short ball, and pulled away for a single. DOT. Good bouncer. FOUR. Short ball again, and this time Sikandar Raza pulls it fiercely through square leg. SIX! What a shot! It almost seemed like Raza was overbalanced there, but he still manages to crash it over covers for a big six! SIX! And again, this time it was again short, and this one pulled away over square leg. OUT, BOWLED HIM! Great yorker from Shami, and Raza had exposed all his stumps. He is out after having played a lovely little cameo though.

OUT! Sikandar Raza 28(15) b Mohammed Shami

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 259/6 | Overs 45

BATSMEN:  Sikandar Raza 11(10), Regis Chakabva 7(6)

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl out. ONE. Fired in, and pulled away to square leg. ONE. Played to third man. It’s a direct hit, but the batsman is confident. Yes, he’s in. So yet another direct hit from India that doesn’t result in a run out! ONE. Played down to mid on. ONE. Short ball and cut away. THREE. Cut away, and Shikhar Dhawan cleans up in the deep. Craig Ervine dismissed for 27 by Mohit Sharma against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 252/6 | Overs 44

BATSMEN:  Sikandar Raza 9(8), Regis Chakabva 2(2)

Mohit Sharma again. OUT! Slower ball, and he foxes Craig Ervine completely. Great bowling at the death from Mohit! He gets another wicket, both set batsmen are now out. Regis Chakabva comes in. ONE. Chakabva starts off with a single. SIX! Slower ball again, and Sikandar Raza plays a great shot! Pulled away with his weight on the back foot, that was flat as a chapati! TWO. Another slower ball, and he gets it for a couple. ONE. It was a full toss on his pads, but he can’t get it past fine leg. ONE. Chakabva flicks that well, it nearly carried to fine leg!

OUT! Craig Ervine 26(40) c&b Mohit Sharma

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 241/5 | Overs 43

BATSMEN: Craig Ervine 27(40), Sikandar Raza 1(5)

Sikandar Raza is the new man in. Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to bowl. DOT. Raza can’t get it away. ONE. That’s a single to fine leg. ONE. Clipped away though midwicket. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. DOT. Defends it. Brendan Taylor dismissed for 138 by Mohit Sharma against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 239/5 | Overs 42

BATSMEN: Craig Ervine 26(39), Sikandar Raza 0(0)

Mohit Sharma continues. DOT. Can’t go past third man. ONE. Played to fine leg. Direct hit, but Taylor seems to be in. He’s well in. Right, so, Brendan Taylor on strike! ONE. Good ball, cramps him for room. ONE. Misfield at mid on allows the quick single. OUT! Slower ball, and Taylor gets done in for pace. He ends up getting the ball low on the bat and Shikhar Dhawan takes an easy catch. Virat Kohli goes up and shakes his hand. Good gesture from Kohli. FOUR. Good shot from Ervine to end the over.

OUT! Brendan Taylor 138(110) c Shikhar Dhawan b Mohit Sharma

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 232/4 | Overs 41

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 137(108), Craig Ervine 20(35)

Ravindra Jadeja comes back now. ONE. Craig Ervine plays it to square leg for a single. FOUR. Slogged away through midwicket, it was a pick-up sweep by Brendan Taylor. FOUR! And he follows up with another one over long on! SIX! Sensational batting from Taylor! Goes big over long off this time! FOUR. This has been brutal batting from Taylor! Down on one knee and swept over square leg. SIX! This time lover long on again! That’s 25 off the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 207/4 | Overs 40

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 113(103), Craig Ervine 19(34)

Mohit Sharma comes back. DOT. Tries to get it to third man, but can’t get it away. ONE. Direct hit, but great running from Taylor, he is in no trouble at all. ONE. Played to cover. DOT. Full toss, but hit straight to the fielder. ONE. Played to midwicket. FOUR. Oh dear, poor work from the man at point, he concedes four when there ought not to have been even one. Brendan Taylor scores 8th ODI century against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 200/4 | Overs 39

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 108(101), Craig Ervine 17(30)

Mohammed Shami again. TWO. Brendan Taylor goes for the lofted drive, he gets the toe end of the bat but it’s in the gap. DOT. Left alone outside off. SIX! Short ball, and Taylor brings up his ton with the ramp he was aiming for all this while. He has become Zimbabwe’s leading ton-maker in ODIs! And in his last international match too. ONE. Played to point. WIDE. Down leg. ONE. Great shot, but it was hit straight to the fielder at square leg. SIX! Outstanding batting! Lofted drive over long off, and Taylor is in rare form! That’s 200 up as well.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 183/4 | Overs 38

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 93(96), Craig Ervine 16(29)

Ravichandran Ashwin again. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja have a light moment on the field. DOT. TWO. Nicely swept by Taylor to a very square square leg. FOUR. Down the ground over mid on. WIDE. Down leg, but Taylor nearly overbalanced. Good bowling. DOT. Missed the reverse sweep. FOUR. Lovely shot again! Taylor finds the gap on the off side and gets another boundary through cover. ONE. Played to square leg. Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine bring up 50-run stand against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 171/4 | Overs 37

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 82(90), Craig Ervine 16(29)

Umesh Yadav continues from the other end. ONE. Plays through the on side. DOT. Slower ball, and Craig Ervine gets it away. DOT. Ervine goes for a pull, but misses. That seemed to be wide, but no call from the umpire. WIDE. Way down leg. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. SIX! What a hit! Craig Ervine smashes this one over midwicket! DOT. Can’t get it away.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 163/4 | Overs 36

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 81(89), Craig Ervine 10(24)

Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack. DOT. Starts off with a good ball. ONE. Played to long off. Bit of a misfield allows one. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE. Easy single again. DOT. Defended back to the front foot. TWO. Played on the leg side for a couple to end the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 158/4 | Overs 35

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 79(86), Craig Ervine 7(21)

Ravichandran Ashwin again. DOT. Berndan Taylor goes for the reverse sweep, but hits it straight to the fielder. DOT. Defended. FOUR. Swept well, and into the gap. One bounce before going over the ropes. That’s 150 up for Zimbabwe. SIX! What a hit! Taylor goes down the ground and hits it miles back into the stand. ONE. Played to long on. DOT. Ervine defends. Brendan Taylor looks to take apart Ravichandran Ashwin against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 147/4 | Overs 34

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 68(81), Craig Ervine 7(20)

Mohit Sharma again. DOT. Short ball, Brendan Taylor again goes for the ramp and misses. FOUR. Thick outside edge, but there was no one at slip so Taylor will get another boundary to third man! DOT. Slower ball and left alone outside off. ONE. Played to short point. DOT. Short ball, and Ervine misses the pull. DOT. Beaten outside off.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 142/4 | Overs 33

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 63(77), Craig Ervine 7(18)

Ravichandran Ashwin again. DOT. Craig Ervine plays it to cover. ONE. Played down to long on. FOUR. Brendan Taylor steps out and hits this over long on. ONE. Played to long on again. ONE. Worked away to square leg. ONE. Another single to mid on. Craig Ervine looks to join Brendan Taylor’s party against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 134/4 | Overs 32

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 57(74), Craig Ervine 5(15)

Mohit Sharma brought back into the attack. DOT. Played to point by Craig Ervine. DOT. Beaten outside off. ONE. Driven to cover. ONE. Worked away for a single. DOT. Beaten outside off again, drops just short of MS Dhoni. ONE. Played to cover again.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 131/4 | Overs 31

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 56(73), Craig Ervine 3(10)

Ravichandran Ashwin again. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Inside edge off the front foot for a single to fine leg. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. Played to long off. DOT. Nicely bowled again, Ervine defends. ONE. Played to long off.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 128/4 | Overs 30

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 55(71), Craig Ervine 1(6)

Umesh Yadav again. DOT. Defended off the back foot. DOT. Huge appeal for caught behind, but it was off the pad. ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. Good short ball, Craig Ervine ducks. DOT. It was a short ball, he looked to cut, but ended up playing it on the on side! ONE. Nicely driven to cover. Sean Williams dismissed for 50 by Ravichandran Ashwin against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 126/4 | Overs 29

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 54(68), Craig Ervine 0(3)

DOT off the first delivery. ONE! Taylor plays it down to long off. OUT! Ashwin goes around the wicket and hits it straight back to him. Williams not convinced if Ashwin took the catch cleanly. The umpires consult wit the third umpire and the replays suggest that the ball did carry to Ashwin. Third umpire gives it out, with a superb innings from Williams coming to an end. Craig Ervine comes in at No. 6 now. DOT. Defended. DOT. And another defence.

OUT! Sean Williams c & b Ravichandran Ashwin 50 (57)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 125/3 | Overs 28

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 53(66), Sean Williams 50(56)

And now Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. ONE. Played to square leg. ONE! Quick sinle down to mid on, Brendan Taylor gets his 33rd ODI half-century. ONE! Williams drives towards point, a misfield fetches him a single and Williams gets his fifty now. Excellent innings from him. TWO! Taylor plays it well to thge right of third man, collects a couple of runs. ONE down to third man. Beaten by pace! Ends of the over. READ: Brendan Taylor scores 33rd ODI half-century against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 119/3 | Overs 27

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 49(63), Sean Williams 48(53)

Ravi Jadeja now. DOT. Rapped on the pads, appealed, but there was nothing. DOT. Defended again. DOT. Plays it to short cover. DOT. Steps out and hits it down the ground, but Jadeja stops it. ONE. Played to cover. ONE. Hit well to square leg.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 117/3 | Overs 26

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 48(58), Sean Williams 47(52)

Ravi Ashwin again. SIX! Once again, Sean Williams starts an over with a six. Steps out and goes over midwicket on one leg. DOT. Played to point. SIX! An action replay of the first ball of the over. Ashwin being taken to the cleaners here by Zimbabwe! Ashwin switches to over the wicket. DOT. Defended on the off side. FOUR. Williams steps out and finds the gap on the off side through cover this time! DOT. Played to fine leg.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 101/3 | Overs 25

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 48(58), Sean Williams 31(46)

Ravi Jadeja again. ONE. Sean Williams cuts it to point. DOT. Defended on the front foot. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played to long off. That brings the 100 up for Zimbabwe. ONE. Played to square leg.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 98/3 | Overs 24

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 47(54), Sean Williams 29(44)

Ravi Ashwin continues. SIX! What a shot! Sean Williams went down on his knees and slog swept this over midwicket! DOT. Ashwin responds by fighting the ball again. ONE. Worked away to long on. ONE. Played to fine leg. DOT. Defended to point. ONE. Played on the off side to end the over. Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams bring up 50-run stand against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 89/3 | Overs 23

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 46(53), Sean Williams 21(39)

Ravi Jadeja again. ONE. Played to long on to bring up the 50-run stand. ONE. Worked away to square leg. FOUR. This time Sean Williams brings out the reverse sweep! Through point. DOT. Played back to Jadeja. DOT. Played to cover. ONE. Played down to long on.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 82/3 | Overs 22

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 45(52), Sean Williams 15(34)

Ravichandran Ashwin comes back after he had bowled an over earlier. FOUR. Another reverse sweep from Brendan Taylor, and a boundary to third man! ONE. Played away nicely. ONE. Worked away to square leg. DOT. Goes for a paddle sweep, misses. DOT. Played to midwicket. FOUR. And another reverse sweep, this one through point!

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 72/3 | Overs 21

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 36(47), Sean Williams 14(33)

Ravindra Jadeja again. TWO. Sean Williams gives himself room and cuts it away to point. ONE. Driven to long off. DOT. Played to cover. FOUR. Reverse sweep from Brendan Taylor to third man. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Single to end the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 64/3 | Overs 20

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 31(43), Sean Williams 11(31)

Mohit Sharma again. DOT. Played on the off side. ONE. Worked away to square leg. TWO. Played down to third man. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to square leg.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 61/3 | Overs 19

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 29(39), Sean Williams 10(29)

Ravindra Jadeja again. ONE. Brendan Taylor gets it away to cover-point. Sean Williams on strike now. DOT. Plays it back to the bowler. DOT. Reverse-swept to point. DOT. Played to midwicket. DOT. Plays to midwicket. ONE. Played on the leg side to end the over. Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams continue to bat good against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 59/3 | Overs 18

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 28(38), Sean Williams 9(24)

Mohit Sharma again. ONE. Brendan Taylor starts off with a single. ONE. Played to square leg by Sean Williams. ONE. Played to square leg. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played back to the bowler. DOT. Played to point, great fielding by Ravi Jadeja.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 56/3 | Overs 17

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 26(36), Sean Williams 8(19)

Ravindra Jadeja again. FOUR! Sean Williams steps out and hammers it over long off. Great shot. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Played down to long on. FOUR! This time Brendan Taylor steps out and hits it to long on, Mohammed Shami was the fielder there and he dived for it but just couldn’t get there. ONE. Played on the on side. DOT. Played back to he fielder. Regular fall of wickets causing trouble for Zimbabwe against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 46/3 | Overs 16

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 21(34), Sean Williams 3(16)

Mohit Sharma again. DOT. He plays it to long on. ONE. Looks to drive on the off side, but gets an inside edge to midwicket instead. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to short cover. DOT. Played to long off. Last ball of the over now. WIDE. Short ball, and it bounces over his head. ONE. Worked away to midwicket.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 43/3 | Overs 15

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 20(32), Sean Williams 2(12)

Ravi Jadeja continues. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Played to short cover. DOT. Defended on the on side. DOT. Played to short cover again. ONE. Driven to long off. DOT. defended on the front foot. Brendan Taylor looks to play captain’s knock against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 42/3 | Overs 14

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 19(27), Sean Williams 2(11)

And Mohit Sharma changes ends. DOT. Sean Williams gets the outside edge, but it goes to Suresh Raina off the ground. Good fielding. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Defended nicely, offered the full face of the bat. DOT. Defended with the full face of the bat. Oh dear, Mohit Sharma seems to have hurt himself. He stumbled on his follow-through. He seems to have twisted his ankle. He’s okay to continue. DOT. Edged, but put down by MS Dhoni! It was a tough chance though, inside edge, and Dhoni was going toward the wrong side. DOT. Played to cover.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 42/3 | Overs 13

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 19(27), Sean Williams 2(5)

Ravindra Jadeja replaces Mohit Sharma after just one over. DOT. Brendan Taylor plays it to point and wants one but is sent back. FOUR! Swept well by Taylor to square leg. DOT. Played on the on side. ONE. Played to cover. DOT. Sean Williams goes for a cut and misses. ONE. Played off his pads to end the over.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 36/3 | Overs 12

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 13(23), Sean Williams 1(3)

Ravichandran Ashwin has been introduced now. He has been exceptional for India so far. ONE. Brendan Taylor plays it to long on. New man Sean Williams on strike now. DOT. Defended on the front foot. DOT. Defended again. DOT. Played to long off by Williams. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Played to long on. Solomon Mire dismissed for 9 by Mohit Sharma against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 33/3 | Overs 11

BATSMEN: Brendan Taylor 12(20)

Mohit Sharma comes into the attack now. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Swing again, and Solomon Mire plays and misses. FOUR. Mire throws his hands at it and gets four to point. TWO. Too short and wide, Mire cuts it away again. Ravindra Jadeja sprints after it and saves two. DOT. Played to cover. OUT! Solomon Mire swipes at one outside off, and MS Dhoni casually throws the ball in the air. Mohit Sharma didn’t celebrate either.

OUT! Solomon Mire 9(22) c MS Dhoni b Mohit Sharma

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 27/2 | Overs 10

BATSMEN: Solomon Mire 3(16), Brendan Taylor 12(20)

Umesh Yadav continues again. TWO. Played down the ground well, but Umesh Yadav manages to stop the ball a bit with his foot. DOT. Left alone outside off. FOUR! Great shot! Brendan Taylor drives over cover, doesn’t bother to keep it down. DOT. Short again, Taylor ducks but looks to ramp it to third man. He misses. DOT. Defended, but the ball hurried on to him. TWO. Played down to third man, great fielding at the boundary saves two. Zimbabwe hope to build good partnership against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 19/2 | Overs 9

BATSMEN: Solomon Mire 3(16), Brendan Taylor 4(14)

Mohammed Shami again. WIDE. Too far outside off. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Solomon Mire gets an inside edge and has no idea at all where the ball went! He’s lucky it didn’t spin onto the stumps. DOT. Defended on the front foot. DOT. Struck on the pads, and Umesh appeals, but turned down by the umpire. DOT. Outside off, bit of swing, and the batsman misses the waft. DOT. Played to square leg, but can’t get a run.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 18/2 | Overs 8

BATSMEN: Solomon Mire 3(10), Brendan Taylor 4(14)

Umesh Yadav continues. ONE. Solomon Mire scores the first run in a long, long time! TWO. Umesh strays onto Brendan Taylor’s pads, and he flicks it to square leg. DOT. Defended on the front foot. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. TWO. Lovely shot, Taylor offered the full face of the bat and got it through the gap at cover. DOT. Defended off the last ball.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 13/2 | Overs 7

BATSMEN: Solomon Mire 2(9), Brendan Taylor 0(9)

Here’s Mohammed Shami again. DOT. Zimbabwe haven’t scored a run for a while! DOT. Defended again by Brendan Taylor. DOT. Short ball, Taylor tried to go for a ramp shot, but missed. DOT. Bit wide outside off, Taylor slashed at it, but missed. MS Dhoni and the slips appealed, but there was nothing there. DOT. Defended on the front foot. The last 23 balls have yielded two runs and two wickets! DOT. Third maiden on the trot! Chamu Chibhaha dismissed for seven by Mohammed Shami against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 13/2 | Overs 6

BATSMEN: Solomon Mire 2(9), Brendan Taylor 0(3)

Umesh Yadav continues. DOT. No run outside off. DOT. Left alone, but it was perilously close to off stump! Solomon Mire shouldered arms to it. DOT. Played to point. DOT. That one rapped him on the pads again. DOT. Played on the off side, but fielded by the bowler. DOT. Played on the on side. Another maiden! Hamilton Masakadza dismissed for two by Umesh Yadav against India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 13/2 | Overs 5

BATSMEN: Solomon Mire 2(3), Brendan Taylor 0(3)

Mohammed Shami again. DOT. Chamu Chibabha defends it on the on side. DOT. Short ball, and the batsman ducks. OUT! And another one gone, bit of extra pace, extra swing, and Chamu Chibabha plays away from his body. Excellent catch at second slip by Shikhar Dhawan, and Shami has his man! In comes the skipper playing his final game for Zimbabwe, Brendan Taylor. DOT. Flashed and missed! DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Defended. Wicket maiden from Shami!

OUT! Chamu Chibhabha 7(16) c Shikhar Dhawan b Mohammed Shami

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 13/1 | Overs 4

BATSMEN: Chamu Chibhabha 7(13), Solomon Mire 2(3)

Umesh Yadav steams in. DOT. Played back to the bowler, Umesh Yadav jumps to field it. DOT. Bit of shape from Umesh again, and Hamilton Masakdza plays it back to him with a straight bat. OUT! First blood for India, Umesh encourages the drive, and he finds the outside edge from Masakadza through to MS Dhoni! In walks Solomon Mire. TWO. A bit too straight, and it’s picked off his pads to square leg. DOT. Left alone outside off. DOT. Outside edge to slip, but all along the ground.

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza 2(8) c MS Dhoni b Hamilton Masakadza

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 11/0 | Overs 3

BATSMEN: Chamu Chibhabha 7(13), Hamilton Masakadza 2(5)

Mohammed Shami continues again. ONE. Hamilton Masakadza pickes it off his pads. FOUR. Unlucky for Shami, Chamu Chibabha went for the cut and got an inside edge. Could have dragged it on, but survived and got four. DOT. Huge appeal for LBW, but it would have gone down leg. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Beaten for pace again, that struck him on the pads, but no harm done. DOT. Played and missed.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 6/0 | Overs 2

BATSMEN: Chamu Chibhabha 3(8), Hamilton Masakadza 1(4)

Umesh Yadav starts off from the other end. DOT. Good ball to Hamilton Masakadza, he defends on the front foot. DOT. Short, cut away, but great fielding by the man at point. Rohit Sharma I think it was. ONE. On the pads, and flicked to fine leg. DOT. That struck Chamu Chibabha on the pads, bit of an appeal, but it was nothing at all. DOT. Well bowled, and a good leave outside off. TWO. Worked away to square leg, poor throw allows an extra run.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe: 3/0 | Overs 1

BATSMEN: Chamu Chibhabha 1(5), Hamilton Masakadza 0(1)

Mohammed Shami has the new ball for India. He will bowl to Chamu Chibabha. DOT. Played to the on side, thought of a single but decided against it. DOT. Bit of swing, Chibabha slashed at it and missed. ONE. He gets it down to third man. Hamilton Masakadza on strike now. ONE, LEG BYE. Bit of bounce, and it got big on Masakadza, down to fine leg but not off the bat. DOT. That one bounced a bit as well, hits Chibabha on the pads. WIDE. Swinging outisde off. DOT. Beats the bat off the last ball, again swing on offer.


 

TOSS: India win the toss, field first. MS Dhoni has gone in with the same side, so no place for Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, or Ravindra Jadeja. Brendan Taylor, playing possibly his last game for Zimbabwe, says Zimbabwe have the same side as well.

Teams:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma.

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza, Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendon Taylor(c&wk), Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Regis Chakabva, Tinashe Panyangara, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tendai Chatara.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Match 39 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between India and Zimbabwe at Auckland. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you over-by-over updates of this match. The match will be played at the scenic Eden Park in Auckland, and will be the last league game for either side. India make their way back to Australia for their quarter-final, while Zimbabwe would return home after a campaign that saw them play admirably and come close on a few occasions. READ: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: India vs Zimbabwe, Statistical Preview

The pitch is expected to be a good batting surface, and given the short boundaries, a lot of runs can be expected. However, both the previous games have shown that the bowlers too can get good bounce on the surface, and the faster men on either side would look to exploit this. READ: Sikandar Raza wants to end ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with good performance against India

Brendan Taylor, who has recently chosen to be a Kolpak player for Nottinghamshire, is expected to lead Zimbabwe since Elton Chigumbura did not look fully fit yet in their final practice session before the match. Taylor would target a fairytale finish, with a victory to cap a good career. READ: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Zimbabwe aim winning farewell to Brendan Taylor

However, Zimbabwe face a stern test as India have been the in-form team of the tournament, and the only team other than New Zealand not to have lost a game. In Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Mohit Sharma India have a potent new-ball attack. Ravichandran Ashwin has come into his own with his off-spin, and has looked one of the best spinners of the tournament. India have the stable line-up and aren’t expected to make changes. Ravindra Jadeja may be in focus as he is yet to deliver a big performance. This could be his chance of getting back into the groove. READ: Last chance for India to experiment with Akshar Patel, Stuart Binny

India are easily the favourites for this game and Zimbabwe have nothing to play for but pride. Zimbabwe have only beaten India once in a World Cup match, which was back in 1999, when Henry Olonga inspired them to a close victory. They would have to play great cricket to emulate that win against a strong Indian side. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Stuart Binny, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma.

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Sikandar Raza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Prosper Utseya, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Regis Chakabva (wk), Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Tendai Chatara, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Chamu Chibhabha, Solomon Mire.

59/3 in 18 overs: India restrict Zimbabwe