~~First-ball dismissal was just the start WI needed~~

Published: Friday, May 3, 2002, 21:42 [IST]
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Bridgetown: West Indies fast bowler Mervyn Dillon said on Thursday a wicket off the first ball was just the start his team had needed to put pressure on India in the third Test.

"Its the first time I've got a wicket with the first ball in Tests," said Dillon, who dismissed opener Shiv Das with his first delivery of the day to finish with an impressive four for 41 off 11 overs. "Things just went on from there. We were always on the target after that. It was exactly the start we needed, especially after being 1-0 down in the five-match series." Dillon was well-supported by fellow-pacemen Adam Sanford (three for 20), Cameron Cuffy (one for 17) and Pedro Collins (one for 24) as India was shot out for 102 despite a fighting 48 by skipper Saurav Ganguly. Dillon also ended the innings on a spectacular note, taking an acrobatic catch at the third-man boundary to account for the Indian skipper. "I did a bit of break dancing at a young age," he said. "I misjudged the ball early and then saw it was quite close, but somehow I managed to keep myself off the rope." The 27-year-old said he was not worried over missing out on a five-wicket haul for the second successive time as his aim was to see his team level the series here. "I'm not too worried about not getting five wickets, though its always good to get a five," said Dillon, who grabbed four for 42 in the second innings of the second Test at Port-of-Spain. He has only once taken five or more wickets in a Test innings. "Hopefully I'll get it once before the series is over or maybe twice. The goal is to help the West Indies win the series. I've also thought of taking my 100th Test wicket in this series," said the fast bowler, who is 14 short of the three-figure mark. Dillon said he was confident his team would be able to capitalise on the opening and square the series here. "Its still a good batting wicket if you get set," he said. "I'm sure well post a big total and go on to win the match. It was a good bowling performance as we got them out for 102. We wanted to put them in a difficult position and this was what he did." Dillon said all the bowlers were determined to take advantage of the pacy and bouncy pitch early in the innings. "We were focussed. We played with four seamers and wanted to get a shot at them early. Knowing the Barbados wicket, we knew it would help quicks. There was quite a bit of pace and bounce in it. "We're quite happy batting last. We had a plan to put them in and get them out early and that's worked well for us. We've set ourselves up nicely in the match."

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