Windies crawls to 45 for one as spin test begins

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2002, 18:02 [IST]
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Chennai: The West Indies made a slow start in the second Test against India as it reached 45 for one at lunch on the opening day at the Chidambaram Stadium here on Thursday. Left-handed Wavell Hinds was batting on 18 with Ramnaresh Sarwan (4) after the tourists elected to bat on a newly-laid pitch that had neither bounce for seamers nor turn for spinners. Off spinner Harbhajan Singh provided the breakthrough in the first session of extremely cautious batting as he had left-handed Chris Gayle caught by Sachin Tendulkar in the 25th over. Gayle fell just when he had begun playing strokes, caught at point while attempting an ambitious on-drive off Harbhajan. He hit five fours in his 75-ball knock and shared a 40-run stand with Hinds. India skipper Saurav Ganguly needed just nine overs of pace to realise that there was little in the wicket for new-ball bowlers Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan. Srinath and Zaheer also wasted the new ball as they hardly made the batsmen play, often pitching outside the off stump and waiting for the openers to make mistakes. With Gayle and Hinds taking no risks, the run-rate remained slow throughout the two- hour morning session. Gayle broke the monotony in a rare show of aggression when he steered seamer Sanjay Bangar for a four before pulling and cutting for two more boundaries in the same over. Hinds on-drove Harbhajan and then lofted him over mid-off for two fours in an over, but attacking shots were rare. He has so far hit three fours in his 86-ball knock.

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