Match reports

India v Zimbabwe, 2015

Wisden's review of the first ODI, India v Zimbabwe, 2015

India won by four runs. India 255-6 (50 overs) (A. M. Rahane 34, A. T. Rayudu 124*, S. T. R. Binny 77); ‡Zimbabwe 251-7 (50 overs) (H. Masakadza 34, E. Chigumbura 104*, Sikandar Raza 37). MoM: A. T. Rayudu.
A seesaw game ended with Elton Chigumbura requiring six from the final three balls, off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He turned down two singles, but failed to hit the last delivery for six. Thanks to Bhuvneshwar' s excellent death bowling, India had escaped with a narrow victory. They recovered from 87-5 through a 160- run stand between Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny - an India record for the sixth wicket - as the pair absorbed what little pressure the hosts were able to apply, before 90 came from the final ten overs. India were also left wondering how they had allowed Chigumbura to drag his side back into the match. Zimbabwe had looked dead and buried at 160-6 in the 38th over, but No. 8 Graeme Cremer (27) managed to keep his captain company for the next 11, in which they chipped off 86. Chigumbura hammered a second consecutive ODI century but, as with his maiden hundred, in his 174th match, in Pakistan in May, he was unable to carry his team over the line, and a previously buoyant crowd quickly dispersed.