Chanderpaul salvages draw, but India takes series

Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 8:43 [IST]
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Chanderpaul ensures draw,Ind take series

Roseau, July 11: In a rare throwback to his heyday, West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul finally came up with an innings that counted, salvaging a tough draw against India. He batted out over 500 minutes in his side's second innings and faced 343 balls for his unbeaten 116, thus leaving India just 32 overs to make the target of 180. But India was not quite upto the task, reaching a mere 94/3 with Rahul Dravid not out on 34 and VVS Laxman on 3 (scorecard).

Thus, the third and final Test of India's tour of the Caribbean came to an end with India 85 runs short of victory. Nevertheless, India won the series 1-0 with Ishant Sharma named Man of the series with a haul of 22 wickets.

Resuming on their precarious overnight score of 224/6, the Windies resumed their fight back against India with Darren Sammy smashing two fours of paceman Ishant Sharma in the first over itself. The Windies captain and Shivnarine Chanderpaul then took the hosts' score to over 250 in the 90th over. But just two overs later, Harbhajan Singh had Sammy snapped up at short leg for 17 as the score now read 255/7. Then later in the over, Ravi Rampaul was run out, leaving his side at 256/8.

The end to the Windies innings seemed imminent, but Chanderpaul and Edwards pressed on defiantly. Before the Indians knew what had hit them, the batting duo had reached 300/8 in the 121st over. With India's front-line bowlers toiling in vain to polish off the tail, it took a special from part-time spinner Suresh Raina to have Fidel Edwards caught at long off for a valiant 30 off 106 balls. A couple of overs later, Raina struck again to remove Devendra Bishoo for 1off 8 balls. The Windes had folded for 322 with the lead at 179.

India would have momentarily fancied blazing away to the target, but Fidel Edwards had the visitors on the defensive from the first ball itself when he trapped Abhinav Mukund in front for a golden duck. Murali Vijay and one-down batsman Rahul Dravid played cautiously thereafter to reach 50/1 in 17 overs. Vijay had finally found some form, making 45 before Rampaul had him caught at deep mid on. India were 73/1 in 24 overs.

Shortly afterward, Rampaul caught and bowled Raina for 8, reducing India to 86/3. Then Dravid and VVS Laxman played out the last few overs of the match, taking the score to 94/3 and sealing a draw.

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