India remain unbeaten at CWC
Defending champions India made a mockery of the pre-tournament form guides, finishing unbeaten atop Pool B at the Cricket World Cup with a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe yesterday.
India hadn't won a competitive match on Australian soil in the two months leading up to the tournament, but has now won six in a row to extend their winning streak in World Cup matches to 10 - including the latter half of their run to the title in 2011.
The win over lowly ranked Zimbabwe in Auckland, New Zealand was not as simple as the result suggested, though, with India needing an exceptional innings of 110 from Suresh Raina and 85 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in an unbroken 196-run partnership to edge to victory with eight balls remaining.
Four-time champions Australia beat winless Scotland by seven wickets in a rain-affected match in Hobart, Australia, chasing down Scotland's paltry total of 130 with 208 balls to spare.
In Auckland, Brendan Taylor quit the international stage after 11 years with a flamboyant 138 to lift Zimbabwe to 287, a total which made life difficult for India.
"We felt a bit of pressure. Zimbabwe are a good side, but we were expected to win," Dhoni said.
Zimbabwe finished with just one win in six matches, but Taylor said there were close results that could have gone either way.
"We played some brilliant cricket, and have been shoddy at times," he said. India "proved why they are the top of the group. It is nice to get a few runs, but it is sad to have ended. It has been a joyful ride."
The Australians had a mixed run through the tournament before securing second place in Pool A behind unbeaten New Zealand.
India will play Bangladesh in the quarter-finals, and could meet Australia in the semi-finals.
Australian paceman Mitchell Starc moved to the top of the bowling list with a haul of 4-14 as Scotland were bowled out for 130 in 25.4 overs, finishing with 16 wickets in the group stage.
Australia reached 133-3 in 15.2 overs, with David Warner coming out firing after a rain delay to finish unbeaten on 21 from six balls.