India loses early wickets, 41/2 at lunch

Published: Sunday, April 14, 2002, 4:34 [IST]
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Georgetown, Replying to a huge West Indian total, India had a shaky start as it lost two early wickets to be placed at 41 for two at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test here on Saturday.

Opener Deep Dasgupta and skipper Saurav Ganguly were dismissed cheaply as India slumped to 21 for two in the seventh over after it had wiped off the remaining three West Indian wickets early in the morning. Shiv Sunder Das was batting on seven while Sachin Tendulkar was on 18 when lunch break was taken. Earlier, all-rounder Sanjay Bangar, who claimed his first Test wicket, and leg spinner Anil Kumble hastened the end of West Indian first innings with quick blows after the home team resumed at its overnight 494 for seven.

West Indies could add just seven runs this morning before being bowled out for 501. To compensate for the time lost to rains on Friday, play was to begin half an hour early on Saturday but it was not possible due to overcast conditions in the morning. Bangar, who had to stop midway through his 25th over on Friday, struck with his third ball of the morning when he came to complete that over. He hit overnight batsman Mervyn Dillon (0) on the pads and umpire Asoka de Silva had no hesitation in raising his finger.

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