Nagpur: India made a confident start reaching 41 without loss at lunch on the second day after allowing Zimbabwe to stretch its first innings score to 287 in the first Test on Friday.Openers Shiv Sunder Das and Deep Dasgupta were batting on individual scores of 28 and 12 respectively. Earlier, Travis Friend and Ray Price frustrated the Indians for close to an hour after Zimbabwe resumed at its overnight score of 248 for eight. The two added 59 for the ninth wicket before Price (18) was run out. Leg spinner Anil Kumble then trapped last man Brighton Watambwa (0) leg before wicket in the next over to finish with four wickets for 82 runs.
Friend, who was on 33 overnight, remained unbeaten on a well-made 60. India made a good start with Das hitting a four in the very first over off Heath Streak. Das was, however, lucky to have survived a few scares. He snicked an outgoing delivery from Streak in between the wicket-keeper and first slip and the ball raced to the boundary. Then he was unable to keep down a rising delivery from the same bowler but the ball fell short of the fielder at short leg. However, Das shrugged off his scares and played a few beautiful drives. All his 28 runs have so far come from boundaries. Dasgupta took a long time to open his account but batted comfortably. He hit two boundaries in his 12.