About the Match
India tops the table in Pool B and will play its last group game against Zimbabwe on 14th March at Eden Park, Auckland. With 10 points from 5 matches, India has cruised into the quarter-finals seem to be invincible; they have won all their group matches with ease so far and became the first team to qualify for the knock out stages of the World Cup. The opponents on the other hand have only 2 points and are knocked out of the tournament; Zimbabwe will try and salvage some pride by upsetting India in this final game on Saturday.
It was another clinical performance by India against Ireland as they chased down 259 with 13.1 overs remaining; once again the openers were clinical and put up 174 off just 140 balls. Shikhar Dhawan got to his second hundred in this World Cup while Rohit Sharma supported him well with a 64 off 66 balls. In the end Virat Kohli’s 44 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 33 earned them a 70-run stand from just 55 balls and a convincing win. On the bowling front, Ravichandran Ashwin was yet again in great form as he varied his pace very well and finished with 2-38 from while Mohammad Shami snared 3 wickets, restricting Ireland to 259. In the match against West Indies , which they won by 4 wickets, Dhoni scored a match-winning unbeaten 45 off 56 while Virat Kohli scored 33 off 36. The bowlers once again dominated the proceedings from the start as Shami picked up 3-35 while Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets each t bowl them all-out for just 182. They have talent and the necessary fire-power to overcome any situation and win all the remaining matches.
Zimbabwe lost their last match against Ireland by just 5 runs and with that their world cup dream comes to an end. The batsmen tried to chase down the target of 331 but they were all bowled out for 326. Zimbabwe lost four quick wickets but later on Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams shared a 149-run partnership of for the fifth wicket; Taylor scored a brilliant 121 off 91 while Sean Williams blasted 96 off 83 but failed to keep calm towards the end. Zimbabwe’s bowling lacked penetration although Panyangara and Chatara were disciplined at the start but went for plenty at the end. Chatara scalped 3 wickets and though Williams was expensive, he managed to scalp 3 wickets too. The team has given a tough fight to their opponents but unfortunately, this will be the last game that they play here. In their 4th match against Pakistan, they started off brilliantly with the ball, reducing Pakistan to 58-3 at one stage and restricting them to 235; Brendon Taylor smashed 50 and Sean Williams scored 33 and though the game looked it would go down to the wire, Zimbabwe kept losing wickets in heaps and eventually folded for 215. They will definitely try to bow out with dignity and certainly have the ability to fight back against India in the upcoming match.
Zimbabwe looks quite confident going by their previous performances and will try its best to upset India; however, an unbeaten Indian side is more likely to make it six wins in a row by thrashing Zimbabwe in the upcoming match.
India, 1.083 @ Bet365