India's Caribbean Adventure - Jaffer steadies India after early blow in 4th Test

Published: Saturday, May 11, 2002, 4:18 [IST]
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St John's (Antigua): Opener Wasim Jaffer hit an impressive 48 not out to help India recover from an early blow in the fourth Test against the West Indies here on Friday.

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Jaffer put on 60 for the unfinished second-wicket stand with Rahul Dravid (21 not out) as India reached 73 for 1 at lunch on the opening day at the Antigua Recreation Ground.West Indies skipper Carl Hooper put India in to bat for the third successive Test, but his four fast bowlers rarely troubled the batsmen on a wicket that had neither bounce nor pace. Jaffer and Dravid batted steadily to deny the West Indies success after opener Shiv Das's dismissal in the eighth over.Left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins provided the breakthrough in his opening over when he bowled Das, who inside-edged the ball on to his stumps after contributing just three.

Jaffer played some exciting strokes off the back-foot in the morning session, driving fluently through the covers and square of the wicket to slam seven fours in his 75-ball knock.He looked in fine form right from the opening over, driving pacemen Cameron Cuffy and Collins through the covers for a couple of boundaries. Dravid also began impressively as he drove Collins through the vacant mid-on area for his first four.The West Indies made one change from the team that won the third Test by 10 wickets to square the five-match series 1-1, including opener Wavell Hinds in place of Stuart Williams.India replaced off spinner Harbhajan Singh with leg spinner Anil Kumble.

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