West Indies frustrate England to draw Test

Published: Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:52 [IST]
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Windies defy England to earn draw

Antigua: West Indies drew with England on a thrilling last day of the third test at Antigua Recreation Ground on Thursday.

West Indies, set an improbable 503 for victory, finished at 370-9 but the tailenders held out the English for the entire last session, and in fading light for the last half-hour.

Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 106 before the last wicket pair of Daren Powell (22 not out) and Fidel Edwards (5 not out) defied England for 35 minutes to ensure West Indies kept their 1-0 series lead in tact.

The result sparked celebrations among the partisan spectators who had watched hope fade with West Indies struggling at 353 for nine.

West Indies were undermined by seamer Stuart Broad who grabbed three for 92 including the key wickets of Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, as England started their march to victory in the wake of their humiliating loss in the first Test in Jamaica nearly two weeks ago.

Broad was supported by fellow pacer Jimmy Anderson who claimed two for 68 and off-spinner Graeme Swann who snatched three for 92

West Indies appeared on course to save the match easily when Sarwan shared a 148-run, fourth wicket stand with Chanderpaul who hit a typically defiant 55.

Resuming at 143 for three after a late start because of rain, West Indies safely navigated the first session with Sarwan and Chanderpaul denying England's bowlers any success.

Sarwan was outstanding, facing 196 balls in an innings that spawned 247 minutes, and included 12 fours.

When he was bowled by Broad after lunch after completing his 13th Test century, wickets fell steadily before Powell and Edwards saved the day.


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