Openers put India on top, 115/1 at tea

Published: Friday, February 22, 2002, 20:31 [IST]
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Nagpur: A solid opening wicket stand saw India make steady progress to reach 115 for one at tea on the second day of the first Test against Zimbabwe on Friday.Openers Shiv Sunder Das and Deep Dasgupta put on 79 runs after Zimbabwe had stretched its first innings to 287 on Friday morning. At tea break, Das was batting on 66 with Rahul Dravid on 11.

Dasgupta was clean bowled by Ray Price for 33. It was slow going for India, which added only 68 runs in the second session after taking lunch at 47 without loss. After surviving a few chances, batted with a lot of confidence and executed some flowing drives on both sides of the wicket. His first seven scoring shots were boundaries. Dasgupta also played fluently and even lofted left-arm spinner Ray Price for a straight six.

But Price exacted his revenge by bowling him out about an hour into the second session. Runs came in trickles after that as both Das and Dravid batted cautiously against disciplined bowling by speedster Travis Friend and Price. Friend and Price were earlier engaged in a fruitful partnership of 59 runs for the ninth wicket.

Zimbabwe, which resumed at overnight 248 for seven, survived close to an hour on Friday morning before Price was run out for 18. Leg spinner Anil Kumble then ended the Zimbabwe innings when he trapped last man Brighton Watambwa (0) in the next over. Kumble finished with figures of four for 82.

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