Lara~~s knock denied India Victory, says Dravid

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Lucia: Held to another frustrating draw by the West Indies, Team India captain Rahul Dravid said bad luck and hosts' skipper Brian Lara's brilliant 120-run knock denied his side a victory despite dominating most part of the second Test here.

''Luck didn't favour us in this match as we lost 90 overs of fourth day. But we can't do anything about this as it is not in our control. But we are happy that we played good cricket and dominated the whole test,'' Dravid said after the match.

The Indian skipper was also all praise for his West Indian counterpart and said Lara's defiant hundred made all the difference on the last day here.

''Lara was brilliant today. He showed why he is so special. He can bat according to the situation and I thought the way he played Anil was brilliant. He was the difference between us wrapping the game today. He has got ability to play in different tracks, no wonder he is a genius,'' he said, praising Lara.

India were on the brink of winning in the first Test in Antigua as well but the West Indies' lower order defended resolutely to save the Test by one wicket. In the second Test here, India failed to take nine wickets on the last day but Dravid rejected suggestions that his team lacked killer instincts.

''I won't say that we are not able to give finishing touch. We took 17 wickets in around 200 overs and scored 500 plus runs on a slow and low track. There was spin but no bounce so the edges weren't carrying. It was not an easy track to take wickets but our bowlers bowled very well. I congratulate them, very commendable effort to bring us to the brink of victory in four days,'' said the Indian captain.

There was some ordinary close-in fielding by the Indians and quiet a few half chances went begging and Dravid admitted that his team needs to improve in this department.

''We had some sharp chances towards the end but these catches in low and slow wickets are tricky. The fielders were doing a good job, may be one or two half chances taken would have given the result,'' Dravid added.

Dravid also said the result was not disappointing as his side dominated throughout and is hoping to win in the next two matches.

''Team is very confident to do well in the series. Anyways, it was a four-day Test match. We have a reputation of being poor travelers, but in these two Tests we have showed we can play well outside. If we keep doing this we will get the result sooner than later,'' he said

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