Sehwag saves blushes; West Indies contains India
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2002, 0:08 [IST]
Sehwag slams brisk half-ton, India 134/2 at tea
Thatscricket Special: West Indies Quest of India
Chennai: Veteran fast bowler Mervyn Dillon and debutant Jermaine Lawson shared four wickets to lead a West Indies fight back in the second Test against India on Friday. India was strongly placed at 93 for no loss before slipping to 190 for five at stumps on the second day in reply to the West Indies' first innings total of 167 at the Chidambaram Stadium. V V S Laxman (18 not out) sustained India's hopes of gaining a sizeable lead on a slow pitch of variable bounce where batting is likely to become more difficult as the match progresses. Parthiv Patel was unbeaten on one. Dillon (2 for 17) and Lawson (2 for 37) did well to restrict India after opener Virender Sehwag had smashed a 65-ball 61 with the help of three sixes and eight fours to put the host in a strong position. Dillon dismissed stubborn opener Sanjay Bangar (40) and skipper Saurav Ganguly (nought) off successive deliveries, while Lawson got rid of in-form Rahul Dravid (11) and subdued Sachin Tendulkar (43). Their brilliant efforts also did not allow India to make the most the West Indies' fielding lapses after three catches had been dropped. Tendulkar was on eight in a total of 118 when he mistimed a pull off Carl Hooper, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul dropped a running catch at wide mid-on after having got his hands to it. Sehwag was let off on 41 and 47, first by first slip Chris Gayle off Dillon and then by Wavell Hinds at forward short leg off debutant off spinner Gareth Breese. Trinidadian paceman Dillon ended Bangar's 227-minute vigil at the crease when he had the batsman caught by Hooper at lone slip. Bangar, virtually strokeless during his 171-ball knock, hit just two boundaries but provided valuable support in a 93-run stand for the opening wicket with Sehwag. Ganguly was unlucky to given out leg before by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva off the next delivery as the TV replays showed the ball hit the bat and then the pad. Jamaican fast bowler Lawson dismissed Tendulkar, who inside-edged a ball on to his stumps in the extended last session under lights to make up for the morning session, washed out due to a wet outfield following overnight rain. Tendulkar hardly went for shots in the closing session, adding just 22 in more than an hour. Lawson had earlier bowled Dravid with the one that cut in sharply off the pitch for his maiden Test wicket. Dravid, looking for his fifth hundred in successive innings to equal West Indian Everton Weekes's world record, contributed only 11. The 150-minute afternoon session belonged to Sehwag, who had scored a career-best 147 in the opening Test at Bombay. Sehwag did not curb his strokes despite getting two 'lives' and hoisted Breese over wide long-on for two sixes in one over, completing his half-century with the second shot. His third six also came off Breese in the same direction. The West Indians, however, did not have to pay dearly for their shoddy catching as left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins bowled Sehwag off stump.