Fifth day's play abandoned, Test ends in draw

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 1:59 [IST]
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Georgetown (Guyana): The first cricket Test between India and West Indies ended in a tame draw with heavy overnight rains forcing the fifth and final day's play on Monday to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. It rained heavily throughout the night on Sunday and there were pools of water all over the ground. With drainage of all water on time for play to resume looking highly unlikely and more showers predicted during the day, the two umpires, Daryl Harper of Australia and Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka, decided to call off the match.

Not even a single innings was completed in the rain-interrupted match with only the opening day seeing its full quota of 90 overs being bowled.When rains had forced the premature end of the fourth day's play on Sunday, with 52 overs still to be bowled, India was 395 for seven in reply to West Indies' first innings score of 501. Vice-captain Rahul Dravid was batting on 144, while Sharandeep Singh was on 39, their eighth wicket association fetching India a record 120 runs.

Their efforts pulled the team out of trouble after three quick wickets in the morning had raised fears that India might stop short of their follow on mark of 301.

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