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T20 World Cup: India thrash Zimbabwe to enter last 4

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India registered a comfortable victory over Zimbabwe in their last match of the Super 12s.

They have also topped the table of group 2 with 8 points from 5 games. This victory also confirms that India will face England in the second semi-final on 10th November. 

  India              20 overs                186-5
Suryakumar 61*(25)                Williams 2-9   
KL Rahul 51 (35)                        Raza 1-18
 Zimbabwe     17.2 overs            115 all-out 
Burl 35 (22)                           Ashwin 3-22
Raza 34 (24)                          Shami 2-14
                     India won by 71 runs  

India outplayed Zimbabwe in every department of the game to register a convincing victory of 71 runs.

This win will give team India a lot of confidence before going into the semi-final against England at Adelaide Oval on 10th November. 

India won the toss and elected to bat first.

Zimbabwe started well with a maiden over. Rohit Sharma failed to score big runs and got caught out for just 15 runs in the 4th over.

India scored 46 runs in the powerplay with the loss of just 1 wicket.

Virat Kohli (26 off 25 balls) was also removed early by Sean Williams in the 12th over.

Rahul scores consecutive half-centuries

KL Rahul has found his form at the right time and he will be a key player for India in the semi-final against England.

Rahul scored runs all around the ground and after the dismissal of Rohit, he added 60 runs for the second wicket alongside Virat Kohli.

The right-hander completed his fifty with a six off just 34 balls. But he got caught at long-off after scoring 51 runs off just 35 balls. 

India suffered a mini-collapse between overs 11 to 15. In those 4 overs, India went from 85-1 to 107-4 and Zimbabwe had a great opportunity to restrict India to under 160 runs but Suryakumar Yadav had other plans. 

SKY continues to shine

Suryakumar Yadav has been in sensational form in T20Is this year and he is looking unstoppable at the moment.

India was struggling at 107-5 at the end of 15 overs but he played an outstanding knock to help his side in posting a 180-plus total on the scoreboard.

He smashed his half-century from just 22 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 61 runs off 25 balls including 6 fours and 4 sixes. It was also his 3rd half-century of this T20 World Cup. 

In reply, Zimbabwe was stunned by the excellent bowling spell from the Indian bowlers.

Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh picked wickets in their opening overs while Mohammed Shami also scalped two wickets in the powerplay.

Zimbabwe was 5 down for just 37 runs in the first 8 overs.

Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza showed some fight but the target was out of their reach.

Zimbabwe was bowled out for just 115 runs in 18 overs. Ryan Burl and Sikandar Raza scored 35 and 34 runs respectively for their side.

Ravichandran Ashwin picked 3 wickets for just 22 runs from his 4 overs. 

India 186 for 5 (Suryakumar 61*, Rahul 51, Williams 2-9) beat Zimbabwe 115 (Burl 35, Raza 34, Ashwin 3-22) by 71 runs

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