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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 September 2005, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
Paceman Pathan inspires India win
Second Test, Harare, day three: India 366 & 21-0 beat Zimbabwe 161 & 223 by 10 wickets

BEST TEST BOWLING FOR INDIA
Irfan Pathan takes a wicket
16-136 Narendra Hirwani
v West Indies 1988
15-217 Harbhajan Singh
v Australia 2001
14-124 Jasubhai Patel
v Australia 1959
14-149 Anil Kumble v Pakistan 1999
13-131 Vinoo Mankad
v Pakistan 1952
13-132 Javagal Srinath
v Pakistan 1999
13-181 Anil Kumble
v Australia 2004
13-196 Harbhajan Singh
v Australia 2001
12-104 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
v Australia 1978
12-108 Vinoo Mankad
v England 1952
12-126 Irfan Pathan
v Zimbabwe 2005
Irfan Pathan produced another quality performance as India completed a 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the the second Test in Harare.

Pathan took 5-67 for match figures of 12-126 as the home side were bowled out for 223, a lead of only 17 runs.

Zimbabwe at least escaped an innings defeat thanks to Hamilton Masakadza (71) and Andy Blignaut (84 not out), who shared a stand of 116.

But India reached 21-0 to wrap up a 2-0 series win with two days to spare.

"We played well, even though the results were quite expected. I thought rhe seamers bowled particularly well and Irfan Pathan was outstanding. He had a great Test series," said India captain Sourav Ganguly.

Only two wickets fell during the morning session after Zimbabwe resumed on 39-4, one each for Pathan and Zaheer Khan.

They did the bulk of the bowling with spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble given only a handful of overs.

Zimbabwe had only added three to the total when Heath Streak was caught at slip by VVS Laxman off Khan for eight.

Replacement Charles Coventry adopted an aggressive approach and struck six fours in making 25 off 24 balls.

His innings was cut short by Pathan's slower ball, with the help of Ganguly's catch, but Blignaut and Masakadza stood firm for the remaining 20 overs of the session.

Their partnership came to an end early in the afternoon session when Pathan won an lbw decision against Masakadza, who batted for over two hours and hit a six and eight fours.

Hamilton Masakadza hits a boundary
Hamilton Masakadza clips the ball away through mid-wicket

Keith Dabengwa was caught behind three balls later but Pathan was unable to pick up the extra wicket needed to give him a chance of beating Javagal Srinath's 13-132 against Pakistan in 1999 - the best figures in Test cricket by an Indian seam bowler.

His haul of 21 wickets in the two-match series did, however, equal a record shared by Kumble (v Pakistan in 1999) and England's Johnny Briggs (v South Africa in 1889).

Blessing Mahwire was lbw to Kumble, whose 11 overs cost 52, and Khan finished things off by winning a similar decision against last man Waddington Mwayenga.

Faced with such a small target, India wasted no time in completing the formalities.

Virender Sehwag hit three fours in his 14 off 10 balls but the game ended with four wides as Blignaut strayed down the leg-side and keeper Tatenda Taibu was unable to prevent the ball running away to the fine leg boundary.





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