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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sarwan take West Indies to a draw

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan scored a patient and determined 128 on Tuesday to take his team to a draw on the final day of the second Test against Australia.
Australia, now 1-0 up in the three-match series, retained the Frank Worrell Trophy.
After Ricky Ponting declared his secong inning before the start of play on the overnight score , setting West Indies an unlikely victory target of 372 on the last day, the hosts were struggling at 95 for three at lunch but recovered soon thanks to a very good partnership in the pressure from Sarwan and fellow Guyanese batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The pair added 143 for the fourth wicket before Sarwan was caught off Mitchell Johnson with the first delivery of the new ball.
When Dwayne Bravo (1) quickly followed, Australia felt they had a chance of victory but Denesh Ramdin joined Chanderpaul to see the innings through until five overs from the scheduled close.
Chanderpaul, who scored 107 not out in the first innings, was unbeaten on 77.
Australia had been on top throughout all five days of the Test and will now look back with disappointment on the four hours lost after rain on the third day. West Indies will get boost for the final Test in Barbados on June 12.
Brett Lee, who took five wickets for only five runs in a superb spell of swing bowling on Monday, also got the early breakthrough with just four runs on the board as Devon Smith (0) chopped a rising delivery to Mike Hussey at gulley.
Then the other West Indies opener, Xavier Marshall, also depart soon to leave the team tumbled to 19 for two.
Sarwan and Runako Morton try to steady the innings but it was Lee again in his second spell who trapped Morton lbw for 14.
Then Chanderpaul joined Sarwan before lunch and the pair batted with few scares until tea although Sarwan survived an appeal to the third umpire for a stumping off MacGill.
The new ball was Australia's last weapon and it brought an instant result also when Sarwan edged to Mike Hussey at gulley on Jonson and Hussey makes no mistake to take the catch.
Bravo was then caught by substitute Brad Hodge at point, as he got a leading edge trying to turn Lee to the onside, and suddenly there were nerves among another paltry home crowd.
But wicketkeeper Ramdin (21 not out), who has looked shaky in this series, kept his nerve and West Indies held out for the draw.

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