Port of Spain: India's advantage of a 94-run first innings lead seemed to have been neutralised as it slumped to 77 for four in its second innings by tea on third day of the second cricket Test against West Indies here on Sunday. India lost three wickets, including those of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, within a space of two runs to be forced on the back foot after it had seized the initiative in the morning by bowling out West Indies for 245.
The first innings lead ensured that India was 171 runs ahead at tea but with only two recognised batsmen remaining, both at the crease, it is going to be an uphill task for the visitors to set a competitive total. Skipper Sourav Ganguly was batting on 17 and V V S Laxman on six at tea. India's opening pair once again failed to lay a good foundation with Shiv Sunder out for nought. Sanjay Bangar and Dravid added 48 for the second wicket before disaster struck the Indians. Bangar, who played a lot more confidently than in the first innings, was caught behind for 16 off Adam Sanford. Two balls later, Dravid, who looked in ominous touch, tried to glide Cameron Cuffy down to fine leg but snicked to wicket-keeper Junior Murray to be out for 36. Dravid hit six fours during his 62-ball knock.
First innings centurion Tendulkar gave a big blow to the tourists' hopes when he was trapped leg before wicket to Sanford after just two runs had been added. Earlier, West Indies first innings folded with the addition of 48 runs to its overnight total of 197 for six with skipper Carl Hooper scoring exactly 50 runs.