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Zaheer sparkles on comeback

Zaheer Khan was the cynosure of all eyes at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. Considering the man was making a comeback after a prolonged shoulder injury, his performance was the highlight of the day.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2009 23:40 IST
Vinod Kumar

Zaheer Khan was the cynosure of all eyes at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.

Considering the man was making a comeback after a prolonged shoulder injury, his performance was the highlight of the day. At stumps his figures read 3 for 45, proving that he was not only fit but in fine form.

He along with fellow pacer Ajit Agarkar (4 for 41) helped Mumbai keep Punjab down to 242 for 9 on the first day.

Punjab skipper Ankur Kakkar won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting surface. Asked to bowl on a flat track, the visiting bowlers stuck to the task and kept Punjab batsmen under check right throughout the day.

On a day, which was dominated by the Mumbai bowlers, Ravi Inder Singh’s knock of 104 (17x4; 1x6) was the only saving grace for Punjab.

Earlier, the hosts were pegged down when the Zaheer Khan got rid of opener Sunny Sohal with scoreboard reading just 12 runs. Sohal was caught behind by Vinayak Samant for two runs.

The next man, Uday Kaul, along with Ravi Inder Singh put up 68 runs for the second wicket, highest of the innings, before the former was sent packing by Agarkar on 28 runs.

Taruwar Kohli failed to make any impression. He fell victim to Zaheer.

Having tasted success, Zaheer started breathing fire and got rid of Pankaj Dharmani, who scored just 9 runs, and left the home team reeling at 120 for 4 in 41.6 overs. Agarkar bowled with purpose. The seasoned bowler trapped Punjab skipper Ankur Kakkar in front of the wicket.

With wickets falling at the other end, Ravi Inder dropped anchor and concentrated mainly on singles. He piled up useful runs with debutant Gourav Gambhir (21) and Rahul Sharma (11) and ensured that the home team crossed the 200-run mark.

Batting well with the lower order he completed his well-deserved century with a fine boundary on the off side.