West Indies hits back to devastate Indian batting
Published: Friday, May 3, 2002, 8:08 [IST]
India off to a disastrous start, 35/3 at lunch
Bridgetown: West Indies hit back following its loss in the second Test by bowling India out for 102 in its first innings on the first day of the third Test here on Thursday. The Indians, who lead the series 1-0, never recovered from losing opener Shiv Das to the first ball of the innings, bowled by Mervyn Dillon, who was the best of the home bowlers returning 4 for 41. The hosts wrapped up the innings when Dillon brilliantly caught captain Saurav Ganguly, who top scored with 48, on the boundary off Adam Sanford. The West Indies pacemen kept pressure on the famed Indian middle-order, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman and Ganguly, during their disciplined spells. Master batsman Tendulkar was dismissed by left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins for a rare second successive duck. Dravid was run out for 17, while Laxman misjudged the line of a Cameron Cuffy delivery and was bowled off-stump for just one. Hosts skipper Carl Hooper's decision to put India in to bat on a lively track produced an instant result as Dillon bowled Das. Das was beaten by sheer pace as he was unable to bring his bat down to a delivery that cut in sharply off the pitch. This was his third consecutive failure, having scored 10 and nought in the second Test at Port-of-Spain. The big wicket came in the eighth over when 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 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 pace and bounce of a Dillon delivery. He steered, cut and square-drove Cuffy for three boundaries before being caught behind for 12. Wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra did not last long after being dropped by Hooper at second slip when on one. He was eventually caught by Jacobs to become Dillon's third victim of the innings. Harbhajan Singh (13) chanced his arms, hitting a couple of fours before hooking Sanford straight to Dillon. Zaheer Khan was caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan at forward short-leg while fending a lifter from Sanford.