Unbeaten Chanderpaul holds Windies innings, 261/5

Published: Friday, November 1, 2002, 19:00 [IST]
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Kolkata: Left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra and leg spinner Anil Kumble shared two wickets to put pressure on the West Indies in the third and final Test against India here on Friday.

The West Indies lost opener Chris Gayle (88) and skipper Carl Hooper before reaching 261 for five in its first innings at lunch on the third day in reply to India's 358. Left-handed Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 42 with Marlon Samuels on one. The West Indies batsmen could never score freely against the Indian spinners and seamers as they added 72 to their overnight total of 189 for three in the extended morning session, losing two big wickets in the process. Left-handed Gayle was the first to go, caught off his gloves by Virender Sehwag at short-leg in Kumble's second over of the day. He added just eight to his overnight score of 80, hitting one six and 15 fours in the 229-ball knock. Chanderpaul and Hooper appeared to have steadied the innings before Nehra struck in his first over with the second new ball, taken after 100 overs. Nehra found the edge of Hooper's bat with one that moved away from the right-hander and young wicket- keeper Parthiv Patel dived to his right to bring off a splendid low catch. The West Indies captain faced 74 balls for his 19. India skipper Saurav Ganguly pressed his spin duo of Kumble and Harbhajan Singh into the attack after just a few overs of pace in the morning to keep the pressure on the batsmen on a slow turning wicket. Kumble and Harbhajan never gave the West Indian batsmen freedom to play shots as they maintained a tidy line and length. Chanderpaul took no risks against the disciplined spinners, relying more on singles and twos. He has so far struck just three boundaries in his 104-ball knock.

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