May 20, 2000

Wavell and wine

It was time to 'jump and wave'.

Inspired by audacious and authoritative batting from young left-hander Wavell Hinds, West Indies dominated the second day of the second Cable and Wireless Test against Pakistan at Kensington Oval yesterday.

In contrast to the first day when the atmosphere was somewhat low-keyed, the estimated crowd of 7 000 cheered at every boundary.

Some shouted, danced, jumped in delight, and waved signs and placards as each shot rocketed off the bat of the talented Jamaican and his counterparts.

And when Hinds walked off the ground after his dismissal, he was given a standing ovation.

At the close, the Windies, replying to Pakistan's first innings total of 253, were 283 for five, thanks mainly to Hinds who confidently hit a career-best 165.

The 23-year-old Hinds, playing in only his fourth Test, drove and pulled with authority as he flayed Pakistan's varied pace and spin bowling attack to all parts of the field.

Displaying immense concentration, he skilfully mixed aggression with defence during his 234-ball knock which spanned 351 minutes and was embellished with 24 fours.

Hinds fell just before the close, miscuing a pull shot off pacer Waqar Younis.

Along the way, he received valuable support from opener Sherwin Campbell and debutant Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Campbell, who made 58 with four fours and three sixes, featured in a second-wicket stand of 133 with Hinds, who put on 67 for the fifth wicket with Sarwan.

The 19-year-old Sarwan was unbeaten on 28 at the close.