India picks up a couple after early WI flourish

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2002, 6:56 [IST]
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Port of Spain: India struck twice in the post lunch session to restrict a rampaging West Indies who began its first innings with a flourish on the second day of the second cricket Test here on Saturday.

Replying to India's first innings score of 339, West Indies was off to a flying start, with openers Chris Gayle and Stuart Williams unleashing a flurry of boundaries before the Indian bowlers hit back. Javagal Srinath sent back Gayle for 13 and Harbhajan Singh dismissed Williams off the last ball before tea for a well-made 43. At tea, West Indies was 80 for two from 20 overs with Ramnaresh Sarwan batting on 13. Both Gayle and Williams traded in boundaries after surviving a few close leg before decisions in the initial overs. They brought up the 50 of the team in just the tenth over after which Gayle was out, caught by Das at short mid-on. The scoring dipped after the dismissal of Gayle though Williams looked in an attacking mood. Williams hit Zaheer Khan for two pulled boundaries in an over before perishing to Harbhajan Singh in the next over. His 43 contained eight hits to the fence. PTI

West Indies fights back, restricts India to 339

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