Hooper, Chanderpaul pile on the agony

Published: Saturday, April 13, 2002, 7:08 [IST]
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Georgetown: India was buried under an avalanche of runs from Carl Hooper and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul who registered their career-best scores to put West Indies in a commanding position on the second day of the first cricket Test here on Friday. Hooper cracked a masterly 203 and added 297 runs with Chanderpaul, a record for the fifth wicket against India, as West Indies reached 454 for five at tea.

Indian bowlers toiled hard but their lone success came only minutes ahead of the tea break when Zaheer Khan trapped Chanderpaul leg before wicket for 140, which included 23 fours. Hooper, who scored his first Test double-hundred, was still there to torment the Indian bowlers. The other not out batsman Junior Murray was yet to open his account. It was frustrating day for the Indians who went without a wicket for almost four hours though they bowled much better than they did on Thursday. Both the West Indian batsmen were in complete control of the proceedings and did not offer any chances to the Indians.

The closest the visitors came to getting a wicket was when Chanderpaul edged an Anil Kumble delivery that flew just wide off V V S Laxman at first slip when the batsman was on 94. Chanderpaul quickly reached his hundred, his third Test century, and went on to improve on his previous best of 137 that also came against India. Hooper also bettered his previous highest score of 178 and has so far hit 27 fours and one six in his marathon near ten-hour knock.

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