India were knocked out of the contest by Sri Lanka on June 5. It marked the end of a disappointing tour.
But in the final, Tendulkar's form ran out and India were beaten by 16 runs.
India started the Videocon Cup in August 2005 with a 51-run loss to New Zealand at Bulawayo.
Inspired by Irfan Pathan's 5 for 27, India trounced Zimbabwe by 161 runs at Harare to make a resounding comeback in the tri-series.
Mohammad Kaif's unbeaten 102 helped India chase 279 against New Zealand with six wickets and 15 balls remaining in their third game.
India made it three wins in a row by beating Zimbabwe by four wickets at Harare, this time thanks to a century from Yuvraj Singh.
In the final, India were beaten by New Zealand with Nathan Astle scoring 115 not out in a six-wicket win.
In the series opener in Bulawayo, Rohit Sharma scored his maiden ODI century to drive India to 285 for 5.
However, India were beaten by six wickets to start the tour on a disappointing note.
Two days later, however, India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets thanks to Rohit's 101* off 100 balls.
A second defeat to Zimbabwe, this time by seven wickets at Harare, left India in danger of being eliminated from the series.
Tendulkar's 81 not out helped India beat West Indies by six wickets at Bulawayo. It was the 40th time that Tendulkar was named Man of the Match.
Tendulkar's irresistible form continued in India's fourth match. His unbeaten 122 saw India beat West Indies by six wickets in Harare.
Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten 70 helped India get off to a good start in the Coca Cola Cup in June 2000. India beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in Harare.
Zaheer Khan took 4 for 42 as India made it two wins in a row over Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.