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Ind vs Zim: Rohit, Raina put India on top

NEW DELHI: India continued their dominance over Zimbabwe as they thrashed the hosts by 9 wickets in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday.
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Chasing a meagre target of 145, openers Rohit Sharma (64*) and Suresh Raina (65*) both slammed half-century each to secure another massive win for India.
Tendai Chatara bowled out debutant Pujara, inflicting first blow on India after Zimbabwe were bundled out for 144.
Chatara struck in the 10th over and got rid of Pujara (13) at the score of 23.
Earlier, India continued their dominance in the series as they dismissed Zimbabwe for a paltry total.
Barring an 80-run sixth wicket stand between Elton Chigumbura (50 not out) and Malcolm Waller (35), Zimbabwe had very little to show in their batting effort as they were bowled out in 42.4 overs.
Such was Zimbabwe's struggle that only four batsmen managed double digit scores after being invited to bat by skipper Virat Kohli.
For India, leg-spinner Amit Mishra scalped three wickets for 25 runs, while debutant Mohit Sharma (2/26) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/28) picked up two apiece. Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat also accounted for one wicket each.
With the series already in their pocket after having won the first three games quite comfortably, India made two changes in their playing eleven today, handing out debuts to Cheteshwar Pujara and Mohit in place of Shikhar Dhawan and R Vinay Kumar.
Mohit impressed in his maiden ODI as he managed to extract pace and movement from the Queens Sports Club pitch.
The 24-year-old from Haryana soon tasted success and registered his maiden international wicket in just his fourth over when he induced an edge from Sikandar Raza which Dinesh Karthik had no problems in accepting.
Pitched on a good length on off stump, the ball nipped away off the seam just enough to take Raza's outside edge through to Karthik behind the stumps.
Hamilton Masakadza (10) was the next to depart, caught short off the crease by a direct hit from Jadeja.
Captain Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Sibanda departed in consecutive overs to make matters worse for Zimbabwe, who lost half of their side inside the 50-run mark.
While Jadeja accounted for the wickets of Taylor and Sibanda, Jaydev Unadkat removed Williams.
But Chigumbura and Waller came to the home team's rescue with a 80-run sixth wicket before Zimbabwe witnessed another collapse.
Mohit broke the partnership when Wallace nicked one to Karthik.
Therafter, Chigumbura was left stranded at the other end as wickets kept on tumbling like nin pins for Zimbabwe, who lost their last five wickets for just 17 runs.

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