India narrowly escape embarrassing defeat against Zimbabwe, win by 4 runs

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Following an unexpected ODI series loss against Bangladesh, India continued their wobbly performance when they took on Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Harare, winning only by a mere 4 runs in the end.

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Put in to bat at Harare Sports Club, India scored 255/6 in their allotted 50 overs but this was only after a major collapse had the team struggling at 87-5 in 24.2 overs.

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Ambati Rayudu (124 not out off 133 balls) stitched a 160-run stand with all-rounder Stuart Binny, who scored an impressive 77 off just 76 balls.

For Zimbabwe, Chamu Chibhabha and Donald Tiripano were the best bowlers, taking two wickets apiece.

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Then, in reply, despite a fighting 104 from captain Elton Chigumbura, the hosts fell short by four runs. Binny and Axar Patel took a brace each.

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