India have managed six wins in a row in the 2015 ICC World Cup with their latest six-wicket victory over the African nation in Auckland on Saturday. Brilliant unbeaten knocks from Suresh Raina and Dhoni helped the defending champions achieve this feat.
One could say the result of the match against Zimbabwe would have not had any impact on the group table. However, winning a game will always help the side maintain a positive mood in the dressing room and it will be further boosted if they are unbeaten in the tournament.
India won the toss and Dhoni elected to field first, a decision which did not go in their favour in the first half of the match. After picking three early wickets, Brendan Taylor was in the middle playing his last international ODI match for his country, along with Sean Williams.
The latter went on to score 50 before being dismissed, while Taylor's 138 runs off 110 balls, followed by cameos down the order from lower order batsmen helped Zimbabwe post a total of 287 runs, before being bowled out in the penultimate over.
It is for the sixth time in a row that India have bowled out an opposition in an ODI match, breaking their earlier record of five matches. During the run chase, Indian openers gave away their wickets as Rohit Sharma continued his poor form.
Virat Kohli (36) and Ajinkya Rahane (19) also followed the opening pair and India were in trouble at 92 for 4. That's when Dhoni walked in and along with Raina took the game away from Zimbabwe.
The duo's 196 runs unbeaten partnership is the best fifth wicket partnership for India. Dhoni scored 85, while Raina managed 110 to help in India's highest successful run-chase in the World Cup history. The centurion for India was named the Man of the Match for his impressive performance with the bat.
India finish Group B with 12 points from six matches and they will face Bangladesh in the quarter finals of the World Cup.