We gave up chase after Dhoni dismissal: Dravid

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Basseterre, St Kitts:Rahul Dravid admitted that Team India gave up the chase in the third Test here after the fall of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket but insisted that the visitors held the psychological edge going in to the final Test in Jamaica.

''History would say that chasing four and half runs per over on the last day is impossible. If they would have given us 350, it would have been a more realistic target to chase. Still we went for it, maybe there was a dip in the afternoon. But after Dhoni was out we left the chase,'' said Dravid about the match in which India were set a 392-run target but held on for a draw ending the day 298 for four.

''I don't think the momentum is with the West Indies. Even in this match we were having some chance of winning on the last day.

When the opposition captain leaves you four and half runs an over to chase, I think it is a back hand compliment for us. It shows how high they rate our batsmen,'' he added.

Neither India nor West Indies have managed to force a result in the Test series so far but despite his logic defying and defensive move of not enforcing the follow on in the match, Brian Lara also claimed to have the psychological edge going in to the Jamaica Test.

''In the first two matches India had the upper hand but we came back good in this match. But overall performance in the ODI and Test matches show that we are better than India. Going in the last Test match, I think we have a slight psychological advantage,'' claimed Lara.

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid broke into a slight chuckle in the post-match conference when asked to respond to the West Indies skipper's comments.

While the loss of one day's play due to rain impeded any chance of a result in the second Test, both the teams had some chance of a win in the third Test here.

But both Lara and Dravid didn't exactly press for a victory.

While Lara looked defensive in not enforcing the follow on, the Indian team gave up the chase too soon in the last session.

India needed 119 runs from the last 15 overs with six wickets remaining and could have taken a shot at victory from there.

Dravid said the line West Indies bowlers were bowling was not easy to score off at a fast rate.

''When the ball was pitched up we went for it. But when it was pitched short, it was slow and not easy to play a cut shot. They were bowling short length wide outside off stump. This was a slow wicket where scoring wide of off stump was not easy,'' said Dravid.

The scene now shifts to the last Test in Sabina Park, Jamaica, which has a reputation of being a fast pitch and Lara said he was looking forward to clinch a victory there.

''Jamaica has green pitches but I am not going to ask for anything, we would play on whatever surface provided. I would love to see a result, possibly for West Indies. It would be a huge disappointment if all the four Tests end in draws. We have played month and a half of Test cricket and you want to see a winner,'' said Lara.

''To produce a result a right combination is needed for us. This match we played seven batsmen and scored 581. But we didn't have the fire power to take wickets. This is the area we have to look at in Jamaica. The selectors have a good headache and I hope they take care of it,'' he added.

Dravid also hoped that Jamaica pitch will offer something for the bowlers.

''I am looking forward to a good Test wicket that has some bounce and helps the spinners too. We need a Wicket that produces result,'' said Dravid.

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