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India suffer second one-day loss to Zimbabwe

One-day international tri-series, Harare Sports Club:
Zimbabwe 197-3 (38.2 ovs) bt India 194-9 (50 ovs) by seven wickets
Match scorecard

India v Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe players Tatenda Taibu and Raymond Price celebrate the wicket of India batsman Yusuf Pathan

India suffered a second successive shock defeat by Zimbabwe, this time losing by seven wickets to the minnows in the triangular series.

India, who lost by six wickets to Zimbabwe last Friday, made just 194 from their 50 overs.

Off-spinner Greg Lamb took 3-45 in an impressive team bowling performance.

In reply, Hamilton Masakadza (66) and Brendan Taylor (74) put on 128 for the first wicket as Zimbabwe reached their target from only 38.2 overs.

Taylor was first to fall when he ended finding long-off from Pragyan Ojha's slow left-arm delivery.


Meanwhile, Masakadza reached his 16th one-day international fifty in 75 balls, before hitting Amit Mishra for back-to-back huge sixes in the 30th over.

The opener eventually fell to a stunning catch by Virat Kohli at midwicket, off Ravindra Jadeja's bowling.

Captain Elton Chigumbura and wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu knocked off the winning runs with more than 11 overs to spare.

Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja top scored for India with 51 in a laboured performance by the team captained by Suresh Raina.

Dinesh Karthik struck four boundaries on his way to 33 before he mistimed a reverse sweep which fell to wicketkeeper Taibu off Lamb's bowling.

Jadeja hit three boundaries and two sixes in the latter stages of both his and India's innings, before he was caught by Masakadza off Andy Blignaut's delivery.

The visitors, who were 95-5 at one stage, managed only 44 runs in their last 10 overs.

"It's a very important game for us - we have to play really well against Sri Lanka," said Raina, looking ahead to Saturday's must-win game.

"They are a very good side. Let's just hope for the best and play good cricket."

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