West Indies 202-7 draw 2nd Test against India

West Indies 202-7 draw 2nd Test against India

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Published on: Jul 04, 2011

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Bad light had the final say in the second Test between West Indies and India at the Kensington Oval which ended in a draw with India three wickets away from snatching a dramatic victory.

Bad light had the final say in the second Test between West Indies and India at the Kensington Oval which ended in a draw with India three wickets away from snatching a dramatic victory.

Chasing a 281-run target set by India, when they declared their innings at 270/6, West Indies reached 202-7 when umpires decided to call off the match due to bad light.

Carlton Baugh (46) and Ravi Rampaul (0) remained unbeaten at the end, while Ishant Sharma was pick of the Indian bowlers with the overall figures of 10/108.

India thus lead the three-match series 1-0 owing to their victory in the first Test in Kingston.

Earlier, India started their innings from 229/3 and their quest for a victory met a disastrous start when they lost the wickets of their overnight not out batsmen - VVS Laxman (87) and Virat Kohli (27) - and skipper Dhoni (6) inside the first hour of play.

West Indies' decision to opt for a available new ball paid dividends immediately as Edwards got the ball moving from the second over itself.

The pacer first accounted for Kohli, who looked off colour from ball one and could add just one run to his overnight score of 26 before giving a simple catch to Sammy in the second slip.

Laxman and Kohli shared a 78-run fourth-wicket stand and extended India's lead.

VVS Laxman, too, played a lose stroke when he poked at a swinging delivery outside the off stump and gave Sammy his second catch of the morning.

Edwards completed his five-wicket haul with the wicket of Dhoni who gave a straight forward catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-off.

Suresh Raina (12) and Harbhajan Singh (6) were at the crease when the Indian skipper produced a bold declaration.

It left West Indies to chase 281 runs with well over two session left in the day's play.

India got off to the best possible start while defending a 280-run total as the visitors took two early Windies' wickets.

The visitors were provided the first breakthrough by last innings' hero Sharma who got Lendl Simmons caught at first slip to Rahul Dravid.

Ramnaresh Sarwan started his innings with a four off Praveen Kumar but the bowler got his revenge in his next over as the right-handed batsman couldn't control a delivery leaving him and gave a catch to Suresh Raina in the second slip.

West Indies reached 51/2 at lunch, still 230 runs behind, with Adrian Barath (23) and Bravo (5) at the crease.

Ishant raised India's hopes of winning by picking up Barath (27) immediately after lunch.

Barath opened the face of his bat while negotiating Sharma's rising delivery that eventually went into Raina's hands in the second slip. The right-hander struck three fours and a six in his knock.

But the visitors were unable to get any more breakthrough as Bravo and Chanderpaul played with grit to keep India at bay in the afternoon session and take West Indies to 108/3 at tea.

Bravo was the more adventurous of the two left-handers, striking seven fours in an unbeaten 45 off 110 balls, while Chanderpaul was typically obdurate in compiling 12 not out off 83 deliveries without a boundary.

Bravo reached to his fifty in 120 balls and kept the West Indies' hopes alive of at least saving the match.

But an umpiring error cost West Indies the wicket of their key batsman Chanderpaul (12), who was judged leg before the wicket off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh.

The left hander tried to cut a well-pitched Harbhajan's delivery that seemed to be missing the off-stump. But the umpire Ian Gould thought otherwise and raised his finger, thus leaving Windies at 109/4, 172 runs behind India's total.

Ishant then struck again when he trapped Marlon Samuels (9) with his in-swinging delivery.

Incoming batsman Carlton Baugh played his part as he made full use of the missed chance he got when Dhoni dropped his catch off the baowling of Harbhajan.

The wicketkeeper batsman played strokes and gave his side an outside chance to go on for a victory.

But a drizzle halted the play for half an hour and a draw looked imminent at that point of time but play resumed and both teams once again pressed for victory.

Wickets of well-set Bravo and Sammy created flutters in the West Indies' camp as they were still behind by 79 runs at that point of time.

Bravo was dismissed by Abhimanyu Mithun while Ishant completed his 10-wicket haul in the match.

But the fading light ensured West Indies a draw with last match to start from July 6 in Dominica.

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