Zimbabwe hoped to finish its last match of the World Cup 2015 against India, the last World Cup winner, on a winning note on Saturday to give a befitting farewell to Brendan Taylor who was playing his last match of his international career. However, it was not to be. It was Zimbabwe’s last outing in Pool B in the ongoing World Cup, and, at the end, was convincingly defeated by India.
The African team started their World Cup campaign on a promising note with a match against South Africa which they lost by 62 runs, but used their conserved energy to beat United Arab Emirates in the next. However, after that, they had to face the so called Gayle tsunami in their match against the West Indies in which Chris Gayle clobbered the Zimbabwe bowler to score a record breaking 215; needless to mention Zimbabwe was defeated comprehensively. They then came across a rejuvenated Pakistan, and with the defeat against them, they lost all hopes of moving to the next stage, the quarterfinals. The narrow defeat by 5 runs in the match against Ireland was the last nail in the coffin so far as their World Cup campaign was concerned.
Then came their last match against India on Saturday, in which, put into bat after winning the toss by India, they put up a good show, and scored an impressive 287, courtesy Taylor who scored 138 runs in his last international match that also against formidable India. Taylor captaining Zimbabwe in the absence of the injured Chigumbura, while addressing a pre-match press conference, had expressed confidence of beating India.
While chasing a victory target of 288 runs, India initially faltered and lost 4 quick wickets for a score less than 100. However, Dhoni and Raina at the center stage carried India to a thumping victory without any further loss. Dispelling all speculations, Dhoni fielded the best eleven, and India scored the sixth straight win of the World Cup 2015. They now face Bangladesh in the quarterfinals on the 19th March.
Zimbabwe had to be content with a solo win against the U.A.E. in the current World Cup tournament.