St John's (Antigua): India once again got stuck with Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul and saw its third day gains being negated as West Indies swiftly marched towards avoiding the follow-on on the fourth day of the fourth cricket Test here on Monday.
The inspirational Anil Kumble was unable to take the field on Monday- he later left for home to get his jaw fracture operated upon - and in his absence West Indies progressed from its overnight 187 for three to 266 for four at lunch. The only wicket to fall in the morning session was that of Ramnaresh Sarwan who once again failed to convert his fifty into a century. Zaheer Khan trapped him leg before wicket after he had scored 51 with six fours from his more than three hours stay at the crease. The wicket came only in the third over of the day but it was Hooper and Chanderpaul all the way after that as they stitched together another profitable partnership.
At the break, Hooper was batting on 72 while Chanderpaul was on 28, the two having already added 68 runs for the fifth wicket. Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar began the proceedings for India on Monday and both of them were able to trouble the batsmen on a few occasions. Hooper, who was let off thrice on Sunday, began with a flourish this morning and cut Zaheer Khan for two boundaries in the very first over of the day.