India fights back after early setbacks, 91/2

Published: Friday, March 1, 2002, 20:41 [IST]
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New Delhi: India suffered early setbacks, losing both its openers, as it reached 91 for two at tea on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Shiv Sunder Das and Deep Dasgupta fell cheaply when India started its reply to Zimbabwe's first innings total of 329, but skipper Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar had stabilised things a bit by tea with some quick scoring. Ganguly, who surprisingly came at number three, was batting on 29 with six fours while Tendulkar was on 24. Earlier, Zimbabwe took their overnight score of 260 for six to 329 before being all out 25 minutes before lunch. Dion Ebrahim, not out on 82 on Thursday, became the second Zimbabwe batsman to miss a century in this innings when he was out leg before wicket to Javagal Srinath in the seventh over of the day.

Ebrahim's five-hour 94-run knock had 10 fours. Travis Friend, unbeaten in both innings of the first Test in Nagpur, continued with his fine form and put up small stands with Tatenda Taibu (13) and Brighton Watambwa (3 not out). Anil Kumble dismissed Taibu and Ray Price in one over before Friend, who hit three fours and a six in his 43-run knock, was brilliantly caught by Tendulkar at mid- wicket fence off Harbhajan Singh to bring Zimbabwe innings to a close. India was 11 without loss in the four overs before lunch. In the post lunch session they put on 80 runs for the loss of the two openers. Das edged an outside the leg- stump delivery from Streak and was caught by Taibu for 13. Dasgupta (19) failed to read a full toss from Friend and was trapped lbw.

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