It's not over yet, we still need to get 6 wickets

Published: Sunday, May 5, 2002, 20:02 [IST]
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Bridgetown: West Indies skipper Carl Hooper on Saturday warned teammates they had yet to complete the job despite putting India under pressure in the third Test at the Kensington Oval.

"It's not over yet," said Hooper. "Obviously, we'd try and take the remaining wickets as early as possible tomorrow. This is cricket and you should be prepared for everything." India was tottering at 169 for four in its second innings at stumps on the third day after conceding a lead of 292, with skipper Saurav Ganguly (15) and Venkat Sai Laxman (30) at the crease. The tourists lead 1-0 in the five-match series following their 37-run victory in the second Test at Port-of-Spain. "Who knows they might come out and bat the whole day," said Hooper. "We've to keep working. We can't take it for granted that it's already in the bag. We must try and chip away at the Indians. There are still six wickets to get." Hooper said his team would not like to chase many runs in the fourth innings as batting had been becoming difficult with each session on this pitch.

"It's not an easy wicket to bat on," he said. "If they start getting more runs then it'll be a worry for us because you don't want to chase too many runs in the fourth innings. "You want to see the back of batsmen. You don't want anyone to hang around. The thing to remember is that today's the third day and this track is deteriorating. "The ball is stopping a bit and there are a lot of worn areas. So it's a bit difficult." Hooper said his 215-run stand for the fifth wicket with Shivnaraine Chanderpaul played a vital role in putting his team in a strong position.

The West Indies skipper cracked 115 and Chanderpaul an unbeaten 101 to help their team score 394 in reply to India's 102. "I'm happy to get a hundred here," he said. "It was important for us to continue with our partnership this morning. The wicket played really well. We wanted to be 300 in front to put the Indians under pressure. "I think we bowled well in the first innings. In fact, the wicket surprised all of us a little. It seamed a little more than we expected. It was much quicker than I expected.

It was an important toss to win." The West Indies collapsed after Hooper's dismissal, losing their last six wickets for 18 runs. "The lower-order batting collapse remains a worry, but I guess in this match it can be forgiven," he said. "If everyday we get 400 and the boys come out and bowl like they did this evening, I'd be happy because we'd win more and lose less. It's not often we find ourselves in this position... 300 in front and three days to go. So I think we were a little bit excited and tried too hard, but we pulled back after tea."

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