Snail-paced West Indies reaches 118 for 4 at tea
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2002, 20:50 [IST]
Windies crawls to 45 for one as spin test begins
Chennai: India grabbed three wickets in the afternoon session to put a defensive West Indies under pressure in the second Test on Thursday. The tourists squandered an advantage of batting first after winning the toss with their extremely slow batting, reaching 118 for four at tea on the opening day at the Chidambaram Stadium. Shivnaraine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 21 and Ryan Hinds on one as the West Indies made hardly any attempt to seize the initiative in the first two sessions. Chris Gayle (23), Wavell Hinds (18), Ramnaresh Sarwan (19) and skipper Carl Hooper (35) all spent more than an hour at the crease, but failed to play a long innings on a newly laid pitch that favoured neither seamers nor spinners. India cashed in on the West Indian batsmen's reluctance to play shots as Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan shared four wickets on a slow track. The West Indies scored just 45 in the two-hour morning session, with neither Gayle nor Wavell Hinds going for strokes. Hooper played some attacking shots in the afternoon in order to ease the pressure, square-cutting seamer Sanjay Bangar for two fours in an over after three wickets had fallen for 62. His flourish, however, did not last long as he uppishly drove left-arm seamer Zaheer straight to skipper Saurav Ganguly in the covers after adding 55 for the fourth wicket with Chanderpaul. Off spinner Harbhajan provided the breakthrough in the morning when he had left- handed Gayle caught by Sachin Tendulkar in the 25th over. The left-hander fell just when he had begun playing strokes, caught at point while attempting an ambitious on- drive off Harbhajan. Wavell Hinds offered no stroke to a Kumble delivery and was adjudged leg before after batting more than two hours, while Sarwan inside-edged a Srinath ball on to his stumps.