Srinath helps India take control, WI 197/6
Published: Sunday, April 21, 2002, 9:45 [IST]
West Indies fights back, restricts India to 339
India picks up a couple after early WI flourish
Scorecard of Day 2
After being dismissed for the addition of just 77 runs this morning (339 all out), India bounced back strongly to reduce the West Indies to 197 for six at the end of the second day of the second Test match being played at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain. Skipper Carl Hooper on 30 and Mervyn Dillon (6) were at the crease at the draw of stumps. Indians, now, are in with a real chance of getting a favourable result in this match if they can come in on Sunday and polish off the tail. India's good showing is a result of a combined effort of some good bowling, some careless batting by the home team and some poor umpiring. After a shoddy start, where the West Indian openers slapped the Indians around for quick runs, the Indian bowlers did very well to work their way up; with Srinath playing the lead role. Srinath struck the first blow for India when he and his skipper worked out Gayle to the waiting hands of Shiv Sunder Das at short covers. Then it was the turn of Harbhajan to dent further into the West Indian order when he snapped up the rampaging Stuart Williams - caught at forward short (West Indies 80 for two). Although the West Indies top got starts - especially in terms of partnerships - it did not go on to make it a big one, which might see it paying a big price. Lara and Sarwan put on 56 for the third wicket and when things looked steady Sarwan went for a drive wide off the off stump only to see the ball sail into Dravid's hand at first slip and open up things for India (West Indies 136 for three) -Nehra picking up his first wicket Lara having got to his fifty was looking good for more and in the company of Hooper was all set to take West Indies closer to India's target. However, 33 runs later the big wicket came India's way when Zaheer Khan induced Lara to nick one behind - this was due to some good bowling. This opened the floodgates and West Indies was soon reduced to 180 for six - Srinath picking up Chanderpaul and Murray cheaply (Chanderpaul falling to a rank bad umpiring decision by Harper). Earlier in the day, India would have ideally liked to have added much more than it eventually did but a spirited bowling effort by the host saw India shot out for much less. Major credit for West Indies' bowling success on the second day rests with Cameron Cuffy who had bowled his heart out on the first day but without much luck. This morning he was back working hard, choking up runs by maintaining a fine line and length. He reaped immediate reward for his effort by trapping Sachin Tendulkar (117) for just the addition of four runs to his overnight score. He then induced Ratra to edge behind to pick up his second wicket. After that the tail did not wag for long, except for a valuable ninth wicket partnership (44) between Laxman and Srinath. Laxman picked up his second half century and remained unbeaten on 69.