LEFT-ARM paceman Irfan Pathan (pictured left) tore through Zimbabwe’s top-order to leave India on the brink of victory in the first Test yesterday.
Pathan took fo
ur for 35 to leave Zimbabwe tottering on 67 for six in their second innings at the close on the third day, still 208 runs shy of making India bat again.
India, replying to Zimbabwe’s first innings of 279, accumulated 554 all out with contrasting centuries from Vangipurappu Laxman and captain Saurav Ganguly.
Laxman and Ganguly extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 128 before Laxman was run out for 140.
Zimbabwe, faced with a deficit of 275 runs, were then reduced to 18 for five as Pathan, who earlier hit 52 and shared a seventh-wicket stand of 97 with Ganguly, wreaked havoc.
Captain Tatenda Taibu (30 not out) steadied the innings with a sixth-wicket stand of 49 with Charles Coventry (24) before Harbhajan Singh, playing his 46th Test, had Coventry caught at short-leg in the last over of the day to become the fastest Indian to 200 test wickets. – Reuter.