Cricket: Kambli at the double

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India 340-3 v Zimbabwe

VINOD KAMBLI fluently struck his second consecutive Test century to put India in charge in New Delhi yesterday on the opening day of their one-off match against Zimbabwe.

Kambli, who made a double century against England last month in the final Test in Bombay, was dropped once on his way to an unbeaten 176 to help India to 340 for 3 at the close.

(First day: India won toss)

INDIA - First Innings

M Prabhakar c Flower b Brain 3

N S Sidhu lbw b Traicos 61

V G Kambli not out 176

S R Tendulkar c Traicos b Ranchod 62

* M A Azharuddin not out 29

Extras (b3 lb6) 9

Total (for 3) 340

Fall: 1-19 2-126 3-263.

To bat: P K Amre, Kapil Dev, V Yadav, A Kumble, Maninder Singh, R K Chouhan.

Bowling: Brandes 20-3-76-0; Brain 11-1-45-1; Shah 10-3-43-0; Traicos 33-3-122-1; Ranchod 12-0-45-1.

ZIMBABWE: * D L Houghton, A Flower, K J Arnott, D H Brain, E A Brandes, G Briant, A D R Campbell, G W Flower, A H Shah, U Ranchod, A J Traicos.