New Delhi: Dion Ebrahim missed out on his maiden Test century as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 329 in the second and final Test against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Friday.
India was 11 for no loss at lunch on the second day, with Shiv Sundar Das batting on six and Deep Dasgupta on five. Ebrahim scored a defiant 94 before being trapped leg before by paceman Javagal Srinath, bowling with the second new ball. Leg spinner Anil Kumble then struck two quick blows to ensure that Zimbabwe did not bat through the morning session as the tourists lost their last four wickets for 69 runs after resuming at 260 for six.
Kumble bowled Tatenda Taibu and then trapped Raymond Price leg before in the space of three deliveries to finish with three for 88 off 34 overs. Ebrahim defied the Indian attack for nearly five hours, hitting 10 fours off 203 deliveries. The 21-year-old missed the three-figure mark, but had the satisfaction of scoring his career-best score in the 12th Test.
Ebrahim's previous highest was 71 which he got on three occasions, twice against South Africa and once against the West Indies at home last year. Ebrahim was the second Zimbabwean batsman to be dismissed in the 90s in this Test after left-handed Andy Flower's 92 on Thursday.
Another notable contribution for Zimbabwe came from tail-ender Travis Friend, who scored 43 with the help of four boundaries and a six over long-on off Harbhajan Singh. Friend was the last man out, caught by Sachin Tendulkar at the square-leg fence off Harbhajan. Zaheer Khan, Srinath and Harbhajan each grabbed two wickets.