Campbell, Flower try pull Zim out of woods

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2000, 21:15 [IST]
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Nagpur: Alistair Campbell (50) and Andy Flower (34) were at the crease as Zimbabwe scored 147 for three at tea on the fourth day of the second Test against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground. Zimbabwe were trailing India's first innings score by 80 runs.Sharandeep Singh raised visions of another big victory for India. Two quick wickets from the rookie offie with good catches by Ganguly and Tendulkar reduced Zimbabwe to 61 for three.Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower are seasoned campaigners. The have been in good nick too and they got together to put the Zimbabwe second innings on some keel.

The Zimbabweans are still not totally out of the woods. They can at least hope to make India bat again, if not gain a draw.India dominated the morning session with three quick wickets from Javagal Srinath. Sharandeep Singh then took one second innings wicket as Zimbabwe went into lunch at 44 for one. Zimbabwe were all out for 382 in their first innings, which was 227 runs behind India's first innings score of 609 for six declared. Grant Flower remained unbeaten on 106 for the Zimbabweans. Grant Flower's knock came off 196 deliveries with 12 fours and four sixes.India needed to claim the remaining four first innings of Zimbabwe in quick time and Javagal Srinath rose to the occasion splendidly.

Bowling extremely well within himself Srinath tied the Zimbabwe batsmen into knots and ensured that India were able to force the follow on.Srinath's efforts were reflected in the way he got last man Henry Olonga bowled off a beautiful delivery. Olonga played inside the line and was bowled as the ball swung ever so slightly, but late.Srinath gave India the early break through when he had Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak plumb leg before the wicket. Nkala then played inside a Srinath delivery and the snick was well taken by wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya moving to his left.

Sunil Joshi accounted for Brian Murphy and Srinath then polished the innings off. The Indian spinners will now be looking forward to helping India clinch the series with a 2-0 clean sweep.Zimbabwe appeared to begin their second innings confidently against the Indian medium pacers Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar. The introduction of spin in the form of off-spinner Sharandeep Singh produced results for India.

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