Georgetown: Skipper Carl Hooper and Ramnaresh Sarwan held their nerve under pressure to steady the West Indies in the opening Test against India at Bourda here on Thursday.
Hooper and Sarwan put on 111 for the unfinished fourth-wicket stand as the West Indies recovered from a disastrous start to reach 155 for 3 at tea on the opening day after electing to bat. The West Indies captain was unbeaten on 54 after surviving a first-ball caught- behind chance off Indian paceman Javagal Srinath, who had reduced the hosts to 44 for 3 in his lively opening spell. He received valuable support from 21-year-old Sarwan, who scored 53 for his 10th Test half-century in 18 matches. He struck six fours in his 225-minute knock.
Hooper reached his 27th Test half-century in aggressive fashion, hooking Srinath for a four and then pulling for another boundary in the same over. Sarwan and Hooper thwarted India with their sensible batting after Srinath had captured three wickets, including that of prolific Brian Lara for no score, in the morning session. They came to their team's rescue, batting with immense determination to deny the tourists success in the post-lunch session.