Zaheer, Kumble spark WI collapse, to follow on

Published: Friday, October 11, 2002, 20:51 [IST]
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Mumbai: West Indies was bowled out for 157, shortly after tea, on the third day of the first Test against India at Wankhede Stadium. West Indies follows on requiring 301 runs to put India to bat again and avoid innings defeat.

Kumble picked four wickets for 51 runs. Shivnaraine Chanderpaul was the last man out and fought a lone battle scoring 54 runs before giving a return catch to Anil Kumble. Earlier, Left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan bagged three wickets in four overs to trigger a West Indies collapse in the post lunch session. The West Indies was 145-8 at tea on the third day in reply to India's 457, still requiring 113 more runs with two wickets in hand to avoid follow-on. Shivnarine Chanderpaul alone gave a good account of himself in a brittle batting display, defying the Indian attack for more than a session to remain unbeaten with 47. Zaheer, 24, began the West Indies slide in his third over after lunch when he removed skipper Carl Hooper and then went on to dismiss Ryan Hinds and Ridley Jacobs in an impressive display of seam bowling on a slow pitch. Hooper, playing his 100th Test, pulled straight to Sanjay Bangar at square-leg after contributing 23 off 49 balls with three boundaries. Hinds was trapped leg before for nine, while Jacobs was caught by a diving Saurav Ganguly in the covers for no score. Zaheer's three wickets came for just 20 runs in his first seven-over spell after lunch bringing his total so far to 4-35, just a victim away from his maiden five- wicket haul in 21 Tests. Barring left-handed Chanderpaul, none of the West Indian batsmen could apply himself against a disciplined Indian pace-spin attack after the tourists had resumed at 33-2. India started the day with a double-spin attack and got a vital wicket in the eighth over to put the West Indies under pressure. Ramnaresh Sarwan, a consistent run- getter, added just two to his overnight score of 20 before being trapped leg before on the back foot by leg spinner Anil Kumble. Night watchman Mervyn Dillon survived against spin, but fell against pace in overcast conditions after hitting a straight-six off Kumble and one four in his 56- ball 21. Javagal Srinath, returning to Test cricket after announcing his retirement in June, bowled Dillon with the one that cut in sharply off the pitch to reduce the tourists to 59-4. Indian seamers and spinners did not allow even Chanderpaul and Hooper to take liberties in the morning session, which yielded 58 runs. Hooper played a couple of attacking shots in the closing overs of the first session, pulling Zaheer for a four and then lofting off spinner Harbhajan Singh over mid-wicket for another boundary. Zaheer had the last laugh when he removed the West Indies captain in the second session to help his team seize the initiative. Kumble took 2-46, including that of Mahendra Nagamootoo (9) who was brilliantly caught by Harbhajan at fine-leg on the stroke of tea.

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