India defeat Zimbabwe in opening ODI
Zimbabwe showed some fighting spirit against India but in the end, the World Champions cruised to what turned out to be a comfortable victory for the tourists in Harare.
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It was a comprehensive performance from the World Champions against Zimbabwe as after the bowlers restricted the target to 229, skipper Virat Kohli slammed 115 runs to help his side to an easy win.
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Zimbabwe opener Sikandar Raza (in pic) and Vusi Sibanda came to the middle after being asked to bat first by India skipper Virat Kohli.
Both batsmen gave their side a cautious start and put on 71 for the opening wicket.
It was Amit Mishra ( 3 wickets from the match) who struck first when he dismmised Sibanda (34 off 72).
Sibanda's wicket was followed by a couple of quick strikes - Vinay Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Unadkat claiming a wicket apience.
Raza however stood his ground and hit a confident 82 from 112 deliveries with six boundaries and two sixes.
Raza's eventual wicket - claimed by Mishra - threatened the hosts with India looking to seize the advantage. It was Elton Chigumbura (unseen) who powered Zimbabwe towards the end and hit 43 off 34 to set a target of 229.
Zimbabwe had a good start to the second innings when they saw off Shikhar Dhawan (17 off 21) early.
Chigumbura returned to deliver with the ball and was responsible for packing off Rohit Sharma (20 off 40).
Virat Kohli (left) and Ambati Rayudu though hardly broke a sweat as they controlled the match with a firm grip.
Their 159-run stand for the third wicket eventually took the tourists to a comfortable 6-wicket win.