India suffers early blows, needs another 351

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 5:18 [IST]
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Kingston (Jamaica): Chasing 408 for a highly improbable victory, India suffered early setbacks to be placed at 57 for two at lunch on the penultimate day of the fifth and final cricket Test against West Indies here on Tuesday.

India claimed the remaining three wickets of the West Indian innings in the first 45 minutes of play to bowl out the hosts for 197 in its second innings. But with the cushion of 210-run first innings lead, the West Indies ensured India was set a target that has never been successfully chased before. Incidentally, the biggest ever successful fourth innings chase has been scripted by India against West Indies, the 406 for four in Port of Spain in 1971 being a world record till now. Indian openers Shiv Sunder Das and Wasim Jaffer failed to provide the foundation needed for such a huge chase and both were back in pavilion with just 25 runs on the board.

Both wickets were claimed by left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins who earlier in the day had frustrated the Indians with the bat too, scoring a career-best 24. It was left to Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, two of India's most prolific scorers on foreign soil, to wage a grim battle and it had so far added 32 runs for the third wicket. Dravid was batting on 26 while Tendulkar was on seven when lunch break was taken.

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