Early wickets put Windies under pressure in first Test

Published: Friday, October 11, 2002, 17:49 [IST]
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Mumbai: India grabbed two early wickets to put the West Indies in trouble in the opening cricket Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

The tourists were 91 for 4 at lunch on the third day after resuming at 33 for 2, still needing 167 more runs to avoid a follow on. India was all out for 457 in its first innings. Left-handed Shivnarine Chanderpaul (18) and skipper Carl Hooper (17) were at the crease. 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 on a slow turning pitch. 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's delivery that kept a bit low. Nightwatchman 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 one that cut in sharply off the pitch to reduce the tourists to 59 for 4. Indian seamers and spinners did not allow even Chanderpaul and Hooper to take liberties in the morning session, which yielded 58 runs. Srinath kept the batsmen silent in his opening five-over spell, conceding just three runs for one wicket. Hooper played a couple of attacking shots in the closing overs of the first session, pulling left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan for a four and then lofting off spinner Harbhajan Singh over mid-wicket for another boundary.

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