Kumble boost for India in final Test

DHAKA, May 24, 2007 (AFP) – India’s bowling spearhead Anil Kumble is fit to torment Bangladesh as the tourists seek a series win when the second and final Test starts here on Friday. The 36-year-old, India’s most successful bowler in both forms of the game with 547 Test and 337 one-day wickets, did not bat or bowl in the rain-savaged first Test in Chittagong due to fever.

India lean heavily on the veteran for wickets and in his absence the other bowlers allowed Bangladesh’s ninth-wicket pair of Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain to put on 77 and save the follow-on, and with it the Test.

“Anil is a proven match-winner in any conditions,” said Indian captain Rahul Dravid ahead of the decider at the Sher-e-Bangla national stadium, a new Test venue.

Both teams were praying for a rain-free match after bad weather in the port city of Chittagong wiped out 15 of the stipulated 30 hours of play in the drawn game.

“It is very frustrating when you lose half the match to rain,” said Dravid. “There is little one can do about the weather but I just hope we get some good cricket in.”

The teams will not be spared the stifling hot and humid weather, which they have en