Zimbabwe 146 all out, India needs 122 to win

Published: Sunday, March 3, 2002, 22:18 [IST]
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New Delhi: Zimbabwe set India a target of 122 runs to win the second cricket Test and complete a 2-0 sweep after they were all out for 146 in 67.3 overs just after tea on the penultimate day on Sunday. Off spinner Harbhajan grabbed six for 62 for his seventh haul of five or more wickets in a Test innings and leg spinner Kumble four for 58. Earlier at tea, Harbhajan grabbed five for 56 and Kumble three for 52 as Zimbabwe struggled to reach 134 for eight. The tourists were just 109 runs ahead with two wickets in hand after conceding a 25-run lead to the hosts. Grant Flower was batting on 41 and Raymond Price yet to open his account. Skipper Stuart Carlisle and Grant Flower were the only batsmen to offer some resistance to the Indian spinners on a turning pitch.

The Zimbabwean captain hit 37 off 84 balls with the help of four boundaries. The remaining batsmen failed to cope with the turn and bounce as Harbhajan and Kumble kept striking at regular intervals to put pressure on the tourists, who lost five wickets for 92 runs in the post-lunch session. Harbhajan struck in his second over when he had opener Trevor Gripper caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip for 10. He continued to trouble the batsmen with his variations, dismissing Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower in his fourth over. Campbell was beaten by the bounce to be caught by Dravid in the slips for two, while Andy Flower was caught three balls later by Shiv Sunder Das at forward short-leg for no score.

Flower's dismissal was a big blow for the tourists, for the left-hander had batted superbly for his 92 in the first innings. Dion Ebrahim, who top-scored in the first innings with 94, also did not last long as he was trapped leg before by Kumble for 22 in the afternoon session. Zimbabwe was in deep trouble when they lost Heath Streak, Travis Friend and Tatenda Taibu in the space of 16 runs, with Kumble taking two. In the morning session, India was all out for 354 in reply to Zimbabwe's 329 after resuming at 319 for six, with Kumble remaining unbeaten on 34.

Seamer Streak and left-arm spinner Price shared the four wickets that fell in the morning session. Streak bowled excellently on a pitch, which hardly favoured the fast bowlers, finishing with four for 92. Price captured the first two wickets in his tidy spell, removing skipper Saurav Ganguly and Javagal Srinath to finish with three for 108. Ganguly added just one to his overnight score of 135 before being caught off the gloves by Gripper at short- leg while attempting to sweep the Zimbabwean spinner. He hit one six and 21 fours in his 284-ball knock. Srinath failed to open his account, caught by Gripper at silly point. Streak then trapped Harbhajan leg before for nine and bowled Zaheer Khan for eight in his last three overs to end the Indian innings.

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