Bridgetown: Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for a rare second successive duck as India made a disastrous start to the third Test against the West Indies here on Thursday.
Fast bowlers Mervyn Dillon grabbed 2 for 17 and Pedro Collins 1 for 6 as India struggled to reach 35 for 3 at lunch on the opening day after being put in to bat on a lively Kensington Oval pitch. Rahul Dravid was batting on 17 and skipper Saurav Ganguly on five when rain stopped play after just 11.3 overs. West Indies skipper Carl Hooper's decision to field first on a bouncy track produced instant results as Dillon bowled opener Shiv Das with the first delivery of the match to continue his poor run with the bat. Das, who made 10 and 0 in the second Test, was beaten by sheer pace as he was unable to bring his bat down to a delivery that cut in sharply off the pitch. The big wicket came in the eighth over when left-arm seamer Collins had Tendulkar caught by wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs with an angled delivery, much to the delight of his teammates. Tendulkar, out for nought in the second innings of the second Test, faced just two balls to leave his team tottering at 27 for 3. Opener Wasim Jaffer, playing his first Test in two years, executed a few handsome shots in the opening hour before being done in by the speed and bounce of a Dillon delivery. He steered, cut and square-drove paceman Cameron Cuffy for three boundaries before being caught behind. Dravid began impressively, driving Dillon past mid-on for his first four and then continued to bat steadily against the incisive West Indian pace bowling attack.
Hooper opts to field; Jaffer replaces Bangar