May 24, 2000

Barbados Test ends in a tame draw

Bridgetown (Barbados), May 23: If not for 'safety first' tactics a decision would have been possible on the final day of the second Test at the Kensington Oval but as it turned out to be, the match ended in a tame draw here on Monday with both Pakistan and West Indies sharing the honours.

Pakistan, having resumed the fifth day's play at 345 for seven in their second innings, left it a bit too late to force a result as they allowed their innings to drag on till 20 minutes after lunch when they declared their second innings closed at 419 for nine. That left West Indies a formidable 275 to save the match in the remaining 57 overs.

West Indies started their second innings shakily as they lost openers Adrian Griffith and Sherwin Campbell with only 15 runs on the board.

And when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was also dismissed for 16, it seemed that Pakistan could still force a win but Wavell Hinds and captain Jimmy Adams pulled the West Indies innings together to share a partnership of 72 for the fourth wicket and take their side to safety.

With seven overs still remaining in the last hour, play was finally called off by the two umpires with the consent of both skippers.

In the fifth over of the innings, Griffith (5) was adjudged leg before by umpire Eddie Nicholls when a delivery from Waqar Younis struck the batsman quite high.

Campbell (8) then fended a lifting delivery from Wasim Akram to substitute Shahid Afridi in the gulley.

With Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed bowling in tandem from the ninth over things were difficult to manage for the batsmen on a pitch that had deep foot marks.

Chanderpaul, not sure about Mushtaq's spin, dashed down the wicket to hit him but found the ball in the hands of Mohammad Wasim at silly mid-off. The third wicket falling at 41.

However, from 58 for three at tea, the West Indies recovered to take the score to 113 before Pakistan picked up the wicket of Wavell Hinds, who played at a widish ball from Mushtaq and was caught at the wicket for 52. He hit eight fours.

Hinds, the 23-year-old left-hander from Jamaica playing only in his fourth Test, was deservedly declared the Man-of-the-Match for his 165 in the first innings and another brilliant effort in the second knock.

The Pakistani bowlers failed to dislodge either Adams or young Ramnaresh Sarwan. As it was, Adams remained unbeaten with 34 and debutant Sarwan followed his impressive 84 not out in the first innings with 11, including two wonderful drives to the long-off boundary off Mushtaq in the final over of the Test.

Both teams now head off to Recreation Ground in St John's (Antigua) for the third and final Test, starting on Thursday, with everything to play for.