West Indies grinds India to a drab draw

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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You couldn't have asked for a more boring day of cricket than the fifth day's play of the fourth Test being played at St John's, Antigua. West Indies ground India to a tame draw on Tuesday and in the process squeezed life out of the Indians.

West Indies piled up 629 runs for the loss of 9 wickets before both captains decided that every one has had enough. It was mere formality that was being enacted at the Antigua Recreation Club with the West Indians making sure that they made the Indians exert themselves to the hilt. The two bright spots of the day were Chanderpaul's third century (136 not out) of the series and Jacobs's entertaining ton. Jacobs clobbered every Indian bowler in typical West Indian style, carting them over the boundary ropes with great elan. On the other hand Chanderpaul, in stark contrast, refused to feed himself to some easy runs.

Instead, he chose not to throw his wicket away and in the process collected runs at a snails pace. 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. Jacobs' 118 came off 206 balls including 11 fours and five sixes. Jacobs finally fell to Rahul Dravid. 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. For India's part, every player tried his hands at bowling (all 11). Mervyn Dillon tried to bring some entertainment into otherwise dull proceedings, hitting six fours and two mighty sixes in his knock of 43. Man-of-the-match: Ajay Ratra.

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