Bengaluru, March 3: Defending champions India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in their final group match at Auckland on Saturday. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina put on 196 runs for the 5th wicket to give India their 10th consecutive victory in World Cup cricket.
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India and Zimbabwe have met 8 times at the World Cup since 1983 when the latter had made their debut at the prestigious tournament. India have a 7-1 advantage over their African rivals. It was in their second encounter at the World Cup when Kapil Dev's magnificent innings of 175 not out had rescued India from 17 for 5.
Zimbabwe had their only victory against India at the 1999 edition when they had stolen a 3-run victory.
Here is a look at the brief results of the India-Zimbabwe matches at the World Cup:
- India beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets at Leicester in 1983 [Zim 155 in 51.4 overs, India 157/5 in 37.3 overs]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs at Royal Tunbridge Wells in 1983 [India 266/8 in 60 overs, Zim 235 in 57 overs]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets at Bombay in 1987 [Zim 135 in 44.2 overs, India 136/2 in 27.5 overs]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets at Ahmedabad in 1987 [Zim 191/7 in 50 overs, India 194/3 in 42 overs]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 55 runs at Hamilton in 1992 [India 203/7 in 32 overs, Zim 104/1 in 19.1 overs (revised target was 159 in 19 overs)]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 40 runs at Kanpur in 1996 [India 245/7 in 50 overs, Zim 207 in 49.4 overs]
- Zimbabwe beat India by 3 runs at Leicester in 1999 [Zim 252 in 50 overs, India 249 in 45 overs]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 83 runs at Harare in 2003 [India 255/7 in 50 overs, Zim 172 in 44.4 overs]
- India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets at Auckland in 2015 [Zimbabwe 287 in 48.5 overs, India 288/4 in 48.4 overs]