Rohit Sharma Registers Maiden Ton As India Make 285
India 285-5 (Sharma 114, Jadeja 61no) v Zimbabwe
Tri-series One-Day International, Bulawayo
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Rohit Sharma scored his maiden One-Day International century to guide India to a score of 285 for five in the first match of their tri-series against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.
India made a flying start before being pegged back by Zimbabwe's spinners but Sharma's well-crafted innings of 114 in 119 balls helped them accelerate in the later stages and post a competitive score.
New Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura did not enjoy his first overs in charge of the team as his first two disappeared for 36 as he delivered six wides and a no ball, which allowed openers Dinesh Karthik (22) and Murali Vijay (11) to put on a partnership of 56 in nine overs.
Then came Zimbabwe's fightback which saw Vijay and Virat Kohli (0) brilliantly run out and Karthik caught behind by Brendan Taylor off the bowling of Prosper Utseya.
Sharma, who faced 84 balls for his half-century and captain Suresh Raina (37) began to rebuild with a half-century stand for the fourth wicket before an ugly shot saw Raina caught by Taylor off of fast bowler Christopher Mpofu.
Mpofu was the next to strike with the ball but not before Sharma had accelerated significantly, put on a century stand with Ravi Jadeja for the fifth wicket and reached his century with a six over cover.
Despite Sharma being caught by Taylor, who was impressive behind the stumps, India continued to accelerate thanks to Jadeja's unbeaten 61 in as many balls and Yusuf Pathan's 11 not out in just five balls at the death.
Mpofu finished with figures of two for 63 and Utseya one for 46.
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