Match reduced to mere formality, WI 591/6 at tea

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 6:48 [IST]
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St John's (Antigua): With all interest lost, the fourth cricket Test between India and West Indies was reduced to a formality with both teams reconciled to playing out a draw.

Ridley Jacobs became the third centurion for the West Indies in the match, and the fifth overall, as the hosts reached 591 for six by tea on the fifth and final day here on Tuesday. Jacobs' 118 came off 206 balls including 11 fours and five sixes and followed centuries by skipper Carl Hooper (136) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who was still batting on 125. Jacobs finally fell to Rahul Dravid as every Indian player except wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra tried his hands at bowling. The career-best knock by Jacobs, his second hundred, marked the first time in the history of Test cricket that wicket-keepers of both the teams had scored a century in the same match.

Ratra had scored his maiden Test hundred earlier, remaining unbeaten on 115 in India's first innings. Jacobs and Chanderpaul added 166 runs for the sixth wicket which saw West Indies going past the Indian first innings score of 513 for nine declared. In sharp contrast to the flamboyant knock of Jacobs, Chanderpaul, who has been at the crease for nearly ten hours now, played a dour innings and was content at padding away the deliveries towards the latter part of his knock. Mervyn Dillon tried to bring some entertainment into otherwise dull proceedings, hitting four fours and two mighty sixes in his unbeaten 31.

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