Kingston (Jamaica): Despite an early success, India continued to be tormented by the West Indian batsmen who put their team in a commanding position on the second day of the fifth and final cricket Test here on Sunday.
India's delight at the dismissal of West Indian skipper Carl Hooper early in the day was short-lived as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ridley Jacobs plundered runs at will to place their team at 381 for five at lunch. Chanderpaul was batting on 38 while Jacobs made an attacking 51, the two having added 89 runs for the unfinished sixth wicket. India got the big wicket of Hooper when just five runs had been added to the overnight score of 287 for four. Hooper could not decide whether to hook a bouncer from Javagal Srinath or let it go and ended up tapping it gently over the wicket- keeper where Rahul Dravid ran from first slip to take an easy catch.
Hooper, the top-scorer in this series with three centuries including a double hundred, failed for the first time, having been dismissed for 17. But that was the only happy moment for the Indians as Jacobs started clobbering the attack soon after coming at the crease. With confidence oozing from the century knock in the previous match, Jacobs hammered six fours and two sixes as he notched up his half century.