Kohli century sinks Zimbabwe

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An authoritative century from captain Virat Kohli inspired India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe – in Wednesday's first ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

An authoritative century from captain Virat Kohli inspired India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe – in Wednesday's first ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

Leading the side in regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's absence, Kohli characteristically displayed maturity – and talent – beyond his 24 years en route to a superb 115 from a mere 108 balls.

Debutant Ambati Rayudu, meanwhile, weighed in with a promising 63 – and thoroughly justified his position in a star-studded middle order.

Zimbabwe's total was a relatively insignificant one, with Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza's 82 as good as it got in a final tally of 228 for seven. India, with their centurion at the fore, had little trouble in surpassing the target with as many as 31 deliveries to spare.

The performances of leg-spinner Amit Mishra and debutant fast bowler were particularly pleasing for the sectors, with the former snatching three wickets and the latter securing economical figures of one for 39 in 10 overs.

The home side were largely hindered by the veteran Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza's collective lack of contribution. A mere 23 runs between them made for little support for Raza. Were it not for all-rounder Elton Chigumbura's quickfire 43 not out, the total would have read considerably worse.

The second ODI will get underway at the same venue on Friday.

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