Standard Bank International One-day Series, ninth qualifying match

INDIA v ZIMBABWE

At Benoni, February 9. India won by six wickets. Toss: India.

With Zimbabwe two points ahead going into the last group game, India had to overtake their 240 in 40.5 overs or less to slip past them into the final on net run-rate. That meant getting cracking early. But Tendulkar returned to the top of the order and to his fluent best, scoring a chanceless 104, his 11th one-day international hundred, off 97 balls, with a six and eight fours. Even when he was out, India needed 83 from 80 balls. But Jadeja and Robin Singh completed the task in a spirited stand. Zimbabwe's captain, Campbell, had also regained his touch, scoring 86, but it was not to be enough.

Man of the Match: S. R. Tendulkar. Attendance: 12,148.

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