Windies cool with draw at Kensington
Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies left Kensington Oval on Saturday satisfied with the draw they earned in the Second Digicel Test match against India.
India's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a sporting declaration in the morning session and asked the home side to make 281 to win in a little over five hours. They reached 202 for seven when bad light ended the contest 10.2 overs early. WIndies skipper Darren Sammy said his side went in pursuit of the target but were content with the final result.
“A draw. We will take that. As long as we didn’t lose today, I’m quite happy. We had a plan, even down to the last 15 overs we were on course but we lost too many wickets. We were doing quite well and Bravo and Baugh played well for us close to the end. A repetition of the first Test, we bowled them out cheaply and still we finished the first innings behind,” said Sammy.
“I can’t fault the effort of the bowlers in this series, Rampaul bowled well, Fidel got eight wickets. It was also nice to see young Bravo score runs, and also Baugh who has been under some pressure. We have to go all out to win and level the Test series.”
India got three early wickets, forcing before Darren Bravo (73) and Carlton Baugh (46 not out) took matters into their own hands and threatened to change the momentum of the match. Bravo batted for more than four-and-a-half hours before he fell when the light was fading fast, while Baugh was in an attacking mode facing just 61 balls and hitting five fours and a six.
Dhoni said: “I’m disappointed to some extent, the last session was a well-placed game, it was evenly poised. My plan was ruined because of the rain, we got a couple of wickets that were needed but bad light spoiled the party.”
The teams travel to Dominica on Sunday for the Third and final Digicel Test match which bowls off on Wednesday at Windsor Park.