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India beats Zimbabwe by 6 wicket and gets 6th victory in ICC World Cup-2015

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Auckland : With Dhoni's finishing that came in form of a trailblazing six India once again finished off the match in style. And with that shot Dhoni & company beat Zimbabwe by six wickets with eight balls to spare in their last league match of the World Cup. The cricket Team of India get 6th victory in the ICC World Cup-2015, the Pool B match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park on Saturday.

Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni stitched an unbeaten 196-run partnership to help India register sixth victory on the trot. Zimbabwe were dismissed for 287 from 48.5 overs. 

Raina completed his 5th ODI hundred with the help of a single. He smashed eight fours and four sixes to reach the three figure mark off 94 balls. It's his maiden World Cup ton as well. Dhoni smashed a six to take India to victory target of 288 in 48.4 overs. This is India's highest successful chase in World Cup history. India finished the group on top with 12 points and will take on Bangladesh in quarterfinals on March 19 at Melbourne.

With this victory, Dhoni also surpassed West Indies legend Clive Lloyd's nine consecutive World Cup wins as captain. Now the 'Captain Cool' is behind Ricky Ponting's 24 wins. India got off to a bad start as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were sent back to pavilion by Tinashe Panyangara in 7th over. 

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane played cautiously in the middle overs and tried to consolidate India's chase by adding fifty-run stand for the third wicket. India were again in spot of bother after losing Rahane and Kohli in quick succession but Dhoni and Raina hold the fort and ensure India to keep their winning run intact. 

Earlier, Brendan Taylor played the innings of his life in his final ODI for Zimbabwe as his 138 helped the team manage 287 all out in 48.5 overs. The total was highest by any country against India in the current edition surpassing Ireland's 259 in the previous game. 

Taking the Indian bowlers by the sword after being put into bat, Taylor smashed the white ball around the small Eden Park ground, cracking 15 boundaries and five sixes in his 110-ball stay. 

Having scored his first 50 off 64 deliveries, Taylor scored his next 88 runs in only 46 balls as the three-figure mark was reached in 99 deliveries. It was his eighth ODI century and highest by any Zimbabwean and also the first against India in this edition of the mega event. 

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