The 27-year-old batsman, having been dropped on 28, top-scored with 82 off 112 balls while Elton Chigumbura added some late impetus with a quickfire 43 not out as Zimbabwe finished on 228 for seven after being put into bat.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was the pick of the India attack with figures of three for 43, including the wickets of both openers Raza and Vusi Sibanda (34) as well as Zimbabwe number four Hamilton Masakadza (11).
Zimbabwe had looked to have built the platform for a bigger total after reaching 105 for one from 31 overs on the back of a 72-run opening partnership between Sibanda and Raza, who made the most of being dropped by Virat Kohli at slip off Ravindra Jadeja to comfortably beat his previous-best ODI score of 37.
But India made steady in-roads into the Zimbabwe batting line to limit their momentum and in the end the hosts were grateful to Chigumbura for getting them up to 228, the experienced all-rounder striking six fours and a six in his 34-ball cameo.
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- Vusi Sibanda
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- Hamilton Masakadza