India continued their perfect record at the World Cup with a six-wicket win against Zimbabwe in Auckland.
World Cup Pool B, Auckland: Zimbabwe 287 (48.5 overs): Taylor 138, Williams 50, Yadav 3-43 India 288-4 (48.4 overs): Raina 110*, Dhoni 85*, Panyangara 2-53 India won by six wickets
Suresh Raina (110 not out) and captain MS Dhoni (85 not out) shared a 196-run partnership to chase 288 at Eden Park.
Holders India had already qualified for the quarter-finals where they will face Bangladesh, but victory marked a 10th successive win in World Cup matches.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor had earlier scored 138 off 110 balls in his final international appearance.
Left-hander Raina, who reached his century in 94 balls, was gifted a lifeline on 47 when Zimbabwe all-rounder Hamilton Masakadza dropped a simple chance.
His error at short fine leg from a top-edged sweep shot came with India’s reply in the balance at 157-4.
India were already guaranteed to finish top of Pool B and wrapped up their sixth win from six matches, but defeat for Zimbabwe meant their World Cup campaign concluded with only one win from six.
India captain MS Dhoni, who won the toss and elected to field, admitted it had been a good test for his side ahead of the knock-out stages.
“The wicket was doing a bit in the second innings and the Zimbabwean bowlers exploited that well, with slow bowling,” he said.
“Raina is a key player for us and the partnership we put on was very good.
“Everyone has performed under pressure so this is looking good and all our batsmen have had a bat.”
Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Taylor’s brilliant century came in his final outing for his country, having elected to join Nottinghamshire on a Kolpak contract for the forthcoming English county season.
The 29-year-old smashed 15 fours and five sixes in his stay at the crease to ensure Zimbabwe recovered from a sluggish start to post 287.
It was the right-hander’s second century in the tournament, havingscored 121 against Ireland in their previous match.