The hosts were being led by Dave Houghton while India were captained by Mohammad Azharuddin.
In the solitary Test match at Harare, Zimbabwe amassed a total of 456 runs in the first innings, with Dave Houghton scoring 121. More than his score though, it was the strike rate at which he got his runs – 37.57 – which had a trickle-down effect on the rest of the team. Zimbabwe played for 214.2 overs before they were bowled out by India.
India adopted a safety-first approach when it was their turn to bat, and were in no rush to score at a brisk pace. Sanjay Manjrekar, batting at number three, eventually went on to score a century taking 422 balls to get to his total of 104 runs.
A nineteen year old Sachin Tendulkar also happened to be playing that match, in which he was dismissed caught and bowled for a duck by the then forty-five year old John Traicos. India were all out for 307 in 169.4 overs - scoring at 1.8 runs per over.
Zimbabwe’s second innings started late on Day 5 after India were bowled-out, and the hosts decided to bat through the day. They finished at 146/4 as the match ended in a draw.
A rather uneventful start in Test cricket for Zimbabwe.
First Published: October 18, 2018, 4:03 PM IST