Windies completes formality in 39 minutes on 5th day

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2002, 17:17 [IST]
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Kingston (Jamaica): West Indies required just 39 minutes to complete an emphatic 155- run victory over India on the last day of the fifth and final Test at Sabina Park on Wednesday. The hosts clinched the five-match series 2-1 with this win, having already beaten India by 10 wickets in the second Test at Bridgetown. India won the second Test by 37 runs at Port of Spain, while the opening match at Georgetown and the fourth at Antigua were drawn. West Indies virtually wrapped up the match on Tuesday when it reduced India to 237 for seven after setting a record 408-run target. India was all out for 252, adding just 15 to its overnight total to lose the Test and series. West Indies required just 8.3 overs in the morning to take the remaining three Indian wickets and complete a formality, with fast bowler Cameron Cuffy taking two and Mervyn Dillon one. India's hopes of saving the match depended on the weather as heavy overnight rain and early-morning showers threatened to wash out the last day's play. The rain, however, ceased just on time to allow the West Indies a few overs to make short work of the Indian tail. Cuffy trapped wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra leg before in his second over after the batsman had added just three runs to his overnight score of 16. He then bowled Javagal Srinath middle stump for four, the tailender having no clue to the one that pitched on the off and cut in sharply. Dillon finished the match with the wicket of Zaheer Khan, who was caught by Pedro Collins at mid-off for 12. He finished one short of his 100th Test victim. This was the first big win for the West Indies under Carl Hooper's captaincy after losing a home series against South Africa last year and suffering a 0-3 defeat in Sri Lanka and a 0-2 rout against Pakistan at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

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