Zimbabwe gave India a seven-wicket hiding, their largest victory over India in ODIs, and also the first time they’ve beaten them in back-to-back games in their 27-year history.India vs Zimbabwe, Scores On a slow pitch at the Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe’s four spinners led by Greg Lamb (3-45) combined beautifully to restrict India to miserable 194-9, with only Ravindra Jadeja (51) reducing the damages.It seemed the pitch would continue to assist India’s spinners but Zim openers Brendan Taylor (74) and Hamilton Masakadza (66) knocked off 128 in 26.4 overs, before sealing the win in 39.2.Sri Lanka and India had both fielded second-string sides in what was to be a low-key tournament, and the opportunist Zimbabwe have seized upon a chance to ensure this isn’t a two-horse race.India’s slow, cautious start contributed to this loss in no small way. Murali Vijay (21 off 56b) did not strike a boundary in his painstaking innings, adding 58 with Dinesh Karthik in 16.1 overs. They started with 26 runs in 10 overs — a pace largely unseen since the turn of the century — and India’s run-rate never crossed four. Karthik was beginning to blossom when he miscued a reverse sweep off Lamb to Tatenda Taibu with the gloves.A collapse ensued, and India slipped to 95-5. Lamb put Vijay out of his misery, luring him to drive through the cover and getting him stumped.Virat Kohli (18) was caught behind off Prosper Utseya, and the twin run-outs of skipper Suresh Raina and the in-form Rohit Sharma ensured India could at best reach a modest score.advertisementYusuf Pathan flopped too, but Ashok Dinda added 48 with Jadeja to prevent India from being bowled out under 150.The top-order failure allowed seamer Andy Blignaut — who hasn’t played cricket in four years — to slip in 10 overs for 22 runs with the wicket of Jadeja. Taylor and Masakadza were cautious at the start before cutting loose. They raced to 54 in 10 overs and 100 in the 20th.Taylor, having made 83 in the previous game against India, missed out on a hundred here as well when he chipped Pragyan Ojha to long-off.Jadeja dismissed Masakadza and Charles Coventry but it was too little, too late.