India's Caribbean Adventure - India seizes initiative on third day

Published: Monday, April 22, 2002, 3:35 [IST]
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Port of Spain: It took close to two hours for Indian bowlers to claim the last four West Indian wickets but the visitors managed to take what could turn out to be a crucial 94-run first innings lead on the third day of the second cricket Test here on Sunday.West Indies progressed from its overnight 197 for six to 245 before being all out half an hour before the lunch break.India, who had scored 339 in its first innings, was 15 for one in its second knock at lunch with Rahul Dravid batting on eight and Sanjay Bangar on six. Opener Shiv Sunder Das was dismissed for nought. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra broke through early in the day when he trapped overnight batsman Mervyn Dillon (9) after West Indies had added just four runs this morning. But the last three tail enders defied the Indian attack long enough for skipper Carl Hooper to keep pushing the score into the 230s.Hooper, who was 30 not out on Saturday, took his individual score to 50 before being the penultimate batsman to be dismissed. Realising that he was running out of partners, Hooper tried to go for the big shots after completing his half-century but faltered at his very first attempt when he holed out to his Indian counterpart Saurav Ganguly at covers.Hooper batted for more than three hours for his 50, which included four hits to the fence. PTI

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