India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 5th day November 26, 2011

Only the second draw with scores level

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India 482 (Ashwin 103, Tendulkar 94, Dravid 82) and 242 for 9 (Kohli 63, Sehwag 60) drew with West Indies 590 (Bravo 166, K Edwards 86, Powell 81) and 134 (Ojha 6-47, Ashwin 4-34)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The draw was the predicted result at the start of the final day at the Wankhede. It was a draw alright, but instead of the widely expected bore, India and West Indies served up one of the most extraordinary days of Test cricket, with the match ending with the scores level for only the second time in history.

R Ashwin was the Man of the Match and Man of the Series, but wasn't the man of the moment for India when they needed two off the final delivery - he took a single, but didn't set off immediately for the tight second that could have sealed the win, and the clean sweep for India. Ashwin was run out, ending an hour of almost unbearable tension that showcased Test cricket's slow-burn thrills. Fidel Edwards, a man renowned for securing nail-biting draws with the bat, had done the job with the ball in the final over this time.

A comatose Test had sprung to life on the final morning in Mumbai, as Pragyan Ojha and Ashwin ran through the West Indian line-up courtesy a combination of quality spin and atrocious shot selection. That left India a tricky 243 to get in 64 overs. Virender Sehwag then concocted another brisk half-century to set the early pace, before Virat Kohli forged his second Test fifty in two days to seal his place at No. 6 for the Boxing Day Test and keep India's pursuit on course.

With ten overs to go, India were well in control - 42 away with Kohli and Ashwin at the crease, both youngsters brimming with confidence after making plenty of runs on the fourth day, and having their places for the tour of Australia confirmed earlier on the fifth. The pair took India within 19 runs of the target, and victory seemed a formality. That was when Kohli top-edged a catch to a hobbling Darren Sammy at gully.

That put Ashwin in the spotlight. He revelled under responsibility all series, but the biggest test of his temperament had just arrived, as the required-rate increasingly gained significance. He was remarkably composed, often counselling the tailenders as the match wound its way to an impossibly tense finish. The most common chant in Indian grounds is the "Sachin, Sachin" mantra - the first word stretched out, the second short and sharp. A similar chant went around the Wankhede, only Sachin was replaced by Ashwin.

As the light faded, so too did the West Indian fielding. They missed several direct hits, including two off successive deliveries in the penultimate over. One precise throw could have been a match-turner. Ishant Sharma began with a classic off-drive for four, and then scraped singles with Ashwin to bring it down to four runs needed off eight, with two wickets remaining.

Ravi Rampaul then got reward for his give-it-everything burst, getting a ball to swerve past Ishant's bat and take out leg stump. The debutant Varun Aaron walked out, under far more pressure than he would have ever faced in his fledgling career. He inside-edged a single to keep strike for the final over. Three needed.

Edwards bowled with a packed in-field, with only third man and fine leg deep to prevent any edged boundaries. His first ball was too quick for Aaron, the second was sharply fielded at cover, and third was a tailenders' mow that connected with nothing. A take-it-easy mid-pitch conversation followed. Rather than the batsman, it was the West Indian fielding that took it easy though, as yet another misfield provided an opening, with Marlon Samuels conceding a single to bring Ashwin on strike.

Two off two then. Ashwin edged the penultimate ball onto the pad. No run, but with two wickets in hand, an India defeat had now been taken out of the equation. He pummelled the final delivery to long-on, and though Aaron was haring back to the non-striker's end, Ashwin was slow to turn around for the second, giving more time for a run-out at the wicketkeeper's end. When it mattered, the throw was spot on, Ashwin was run out with the scores level.

The drama at the death made the topsy-turvy events of the morning seem humdrum. It had taken India nearly six sessions to get eight West Indian wickets in the first innings, but the same feat required little more than an hour on the final morning. The difference between West Indies' totals was 456, the fourth-largest in Test history, yet again highlighting their inability to put together two solid innings.

Ojha sparked the collapse by removing West Indies' best batsman of the series, Darren Bravo, and their most experienced, Samuels, in one over. He snared the first five wickets of the innings, before Ashwin joined the party, and the two were in a race to top the series' wickets chart. It ended Ashwin 22, Ojha 20.

While one Caribbean meltdown a Test is almost the norm, it was expected that even if India lost a few early wickets, the stalwarts in the middle order would at least hold out for a safety-first draw - especially against an attack that was missing Sammy, troubled by a leg injury. Devendra Bishoo was also hampered by a thigh injury. Sehwag made the most of three dropped catches, and though it wasn't his usual blast-from-the-start innings, there was plenty of typical audacity as he powered India along at five an over.

It was all India as they motored past 100, before the twist duly arrived. Sehwag, the great entertainer, found an unusual way to get out - top-edging a full toss outside leg to short fine leg after attempting an insouciant reverse-paddle. Samuels then made up for the eyesore of a stroke he attempted earlier in the day, by wheedling out the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

India still had the iron-clad guarantee of VVS Laxman, perhaps the finest final-innings player around. For once, he couldn't stay till the end, and when another famous finisher, MS Dhoni, followed him soon after, it was down to the new boys, Kohli and Ashwin. They might not have taken India over the line, but were instrumental in one of the most dramatic denouements in Test history.

If Test cricket's obituarists hadn't been daunted by Zimbabwe's brave but failed chase in Bulawayo, or the twists-and-turns of the South Africa v Australia series, this match should certainly keep them at bay.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | November 28, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    For all the work that the Indian spinners put in (with bat and ball) they deserved a win. Ashwin may not be the best athlete in the Indian team, but a whole hearted desire to win the game would have helped him run faster, rather than being satisfied with a draw. Recall the last ball six by Miandad against Chetan Sharma in Sharjah! What many won't know was how Tauseef Ahmed stole a single off the penultimate ball by tapping it in front of Azhar at cover to give Miandad the strike. Azhar who was one of the safest fielders, missed an easy direct throw at the non-striker's end which saw Tauseef complete the run. Folks, a killer instinct is necessary for India to become No. 1 again. BTW, I am a Sehwag admirer, bcoz he seems to have it!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    India must have won it because the series was already won 2-0 so they would have gone for the win in the last over.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | November 28, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Although I love my Dancing Girls and totally ridiculous amount of boundaries and wickets in twenty20 cricket, and I'm a HUGE ODI fan too, I've got to admit that this must be the year for GREAT Test matches. After the brilliant SA vs Aus Series, this Test was just as pleasing to watch. Great Test Match. Even a draw can be nail-biting and tremendous entertaining. I just love Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | November 28, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    So many cricket fans unfortunately don't understand the difference between the draw and a tie. THIS WAS A DRAW. A draw is when there is not enough time to determine a winner. A tie is when it has been determined that the scores are level. This normally means the chasing team has to be all out. India weren't all out. If there was one more ball they could have scored the final run so how can it be a tie? Time/balls ran out. That is a draw.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Ashwin,Ohja,Kohli are undoubtedly the stars of this game. Dravid,Gauti,Viru,SRT,VVS chipped in with useful knocks too. MSD is absolute failure with the bat in both innings. We cant ask more from those who contributed enough. Kohli proved himself with 115 in 2 innings( his previous 5 innigs fetched only 76 though). Ashwin's century & 9 wkts, Ohja's brillant 6 wkt haul in 2nd innings. You want Ashwin to win the game with the bat after he picked 9 wkts in the match & scored 103 in 1st innings??? Absoulte rubbish to blame the tail enders for not going for a win... Its the responsiblity of MSD who failed in 1st innings to stay till end and see India home with a win and not blame others for losing thier wickets!!!

  • POSTED BY yabbra on | November 28, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    @Anil Kumar Bohara, get it right mate. It's only a tie if the Windies took the final wicket. A draw is the correct result of the match

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | November 28, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    It was test match Cricket that was the greatest winner .This game proved the superiority of the test match game to any other format.The twist in the tale reminded one of a Hollywood film with a most unexpected climax.India came close to launching one of cricket's most sensational wins in game certain to be heading for a draw while the West Indies showed great resilience defending the run chase,capturing important wickets at crucial junctures when India appeared cruising home to the target..In the end no team deserved to lose and it was a fitting result.A certain draw was converted into a moral result .

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    No point to blame Ashwin, the poor shot selection of Laxman & Kohli in a crucial juncture were responsible for this draw. Ashwin should have not allowed to take that single in the last ball of penultimate over, however, he has made sure that India haven't lost this match...

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | November 27, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    @Francis Chu... you don't remember very well then... because the England coach then was Bumble.... David Lloyd...

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    I remember the other occasion this happened - primarily for then England coach David Adams' "we flippin' murdered 'em" comments about Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | November 28, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    For all the work that the Indian spinners put in (with bat and ball) they deserved a win. Ashwin may not be the best athlete in the Indian team, but a whole hearted desire to win the game would have helped him run faster, rather than being satisfied with a draw. Recall the last ball six by Miandad against Chetan Sharma in Sharjah! What many won't know was how Tauseef Ahmed stole a single off the penultimate ball by tapping it in front of Azhar at cover to give Miandad the strike. Azhar who was one of the safest fielders, missed an easy direct throw at the non-striker's end which saw Tauseef complete the run. Folks, a killer instinct is necessary for India to become No. 1 again. BTW, I am a Sehwag admirer, bcoz he seems to have it!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    India must have won it because the series was already won 2-0 so they would have gone for the win in the last over.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | November 28, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Although I love my Dancing Girls and totally ridiculous amount of boundaries and wickets in twenty20 cricket, and I'm a HUGE ODI fan too, I've got to admit that this must be the year for GREAT Test matches. After the brilliant SA vs Aus Series, this Test was just as pleasing to watch. Great Test Match. Even a draw can be nail-biting and tremendous entertaining. I just love Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | November 28, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    So many cricket fans unfortunately don't understand the difference between the draw and a tie. THIS WAS A DRAW. A draw is when there is not enough time to determine a winner. A tie is when it has been determined that the scores are level. This normally means the chasing team has to be all out. India weren't all out. If there was one more ball they could have scored the final run so how can it be a tie? Time/balls ran out. That is a draw.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Ashwin,Ohja,Kohli are undoubtedly the stars of this game. Dravid,Gauti,Viru,SRT,VVS chipped in with useful knocks too. MSD is absolute failure with the bat in both innings. We cant ask more from those who contributed enough. Kohli proved himself with 115 in 2 innings( his previous 5 innigs fetched only 76 though). Ashwin's century & 9 wkts, Ohja's brillant 6 wkt haul in 2nd innings. You want Ashwin to win the game with the bat after he picked 9 wkts in the match & scored 103 in 1st innings??? Absoulte rubbish to blame the tail enders for not going for a win... Its the responsiblity of MSD who failed in 1st innings to stay till end and see India home with a win and not blame others for losing thier wickets!!!

  • POSTED BY yabbra on | November 28, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    @Anil Kumar Bohara, get it right mate. It's only a tie if the Windies took the final wicket. A draw is the correct result of the match

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | November 28, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    It was test match Cricket that was the greatest winner .This game proved the superiority of the test match game to any other format.The twist in the tale reminded one of a Hollywood film with a most unexpected climax.India came close to launching one of cricket's most sensational wins in game certain to be heading for a draw while the West Indies showed great resilience defending the run chase,capturing important wickets at crucial junctures when India appeared cruising home to the target..In the end no team deserved to lose and it was a fitting result.A certain draw was converted into a moral result .

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    No point to blame Ashwin, the poor shot selection of Laxman & Kohli in a crucial juncture were responsible for this draw. Ashwin should have not allowed to take that single in the last ball of penultimate over, however, he has made sure that India haven't lost this match...

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | November 27, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    @Francis Chu... you don't remember very well then... because the England coach then was Bumble.... David Lloyd...

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    I remember the other occasion this happened - primarily for then England coach David Adams' "we flippin' murdered 'em" comments about Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Venkatinusa on | November 27, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    I completely disagree with some of the comments, India is supposed to loose this game, after the WI first innings score.Its only Kohli and Ashwin took this game in different dimension, they are the one who took the indian innings beyond follow-on point. In the second innings, both the spinners bowled brilliantly to get to the chasable total, during the chase Shewag, kohli and ashwin, who took the innings from draw to really close to the winning state.Ideally we should be happy with the result not blaming them..Assume that last over 2 wickets 4 runs chase... and tail enders on play.... suppose the last over turn down to WI side.. which will disaster, rather ashwin really played the game with mind ball, to make sure we are not loosing.....Remember, we are not playing T20/50 over game.. converting one format to another during the play is not easy, it requires extraodinary effort, but expecting to change this play from tail enders is a Joke...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    And why just blame one or two players for anything? A team as a whole is responssible for not winning! If that was the case, Players like Dravid, Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara would play alone against 11 players! So, its not fair commenting on one or two players for not performing. You don't know anything about the pressure situation on the ground when you're expected to reach a magical figure and whole cricket world is behind you for it. And people who consider the Indian pitches as "dead", "flat" pitches...Is it really fair calling performance on these pitches nothing and Green tops as good? A good batsman can play anywhere, barring a few bad performances. Same goes for a bowler! I'd say WI performed really well. As it is said, a battle is not won by the strongest, but by the one who doesn't give up until the end. Hats off to Sammy! He is indeed a great leader

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    People who blame sachin "failing to deliver" in the second innings should first see how he got out? It was because of the odd ball bouncing off the pitch and Kirk Edwards took a very well judged diving catch. And Well. WI lost 8 wickets for runs fewer than 243 on final day. Had India gone for a finish and lost the match, everyone would've blamed batsmen for poor show. What Ashwin did was well justified. He eliminated the possibility of 2-1 result. Just because he scored a century doesn't make him a batsman who can handle the pressure situation everytime. So chill!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    It was a shame for India not to win the test match. We have a team where the total number of runs scored by the top 6 s around 45000 runs (i think the whole of caribbean players runs as of now wont come to that sum)and still cant win a home game. For me West indies won. If test matches are to made interesting the results should be made mandatory. The option to draw a test match should be taken. In case of test matches without results series should be given points and the team which takes lead in the first innings should be given some points at that stage so the second innings doesnt become a dead rubber. Also it encourages the countries to prepare lively wickets. All this can be done if ICC alone thinks in the best interest of the game not in the BCCI which runs the ICC

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Dhoni was disappointing throughout the entire series. He really did not help the Indian cause. Ashwin, Ojha and Kohli truly performed well. Rahul Dravid was spectacular as usual. :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    please it is not draw it is tie match correct your reporting

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 27, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    @Satvinder Gill So a completely impartial view with no hint of regionalism in your comment.

  • POSTED BY miltonabdh on | November 27, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Players of the calibre of Sachin and Sehwag are destined to fail in 'crunch' situations. They have not learnt to secure a hard-fought draw/win. 'Struggle' is not in them. They only know how to transform a precarious situation into a placid one, thus depriving themselves of the credit to lift the team out of hopelessness. When they are on the crease, India is never thought to be in trouble. Had Sachin got a decent score, India would have won the match easily like the way it did in the 1st test when he scored 76 on 4th innings. This match would not have boiled down to that last over jinx. For those clamouring against Sachin's paltry score of 3 in the 2nd innings of this test, please follow this link: http://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Sachin-Tendulkar-has-been-a-colossus-in-the-4th-innings-of-Tests-since-2007/7798

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 27, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur Ashwin and Ohja have only played tests in the subcontinent so how do you conclude that they can take wickets anywhere in the world. I would have thought it's only possible to say this once they have actually taken wickets anywhere in the world. Of the pace bowlers, Ishant has shown on the last Aus and WI tours and that he has what it takes. The jury's out on Aaron and Yadav, in particular the latter whose radar is all over the place at the moment. Yet again Dravid has been the only batsmen who shown his class consistently throughout this series whlist the others have been greatly assisted by helpful batting pitches so no the Indian batting line is not back to its best yet but is an improvement on the Eng tour.

  • POSTED BY RKMarkan on | November 27, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Ashwin the hero - and sad to say the one found wanting at the very end. He has done India proud, but it must be stated, he disappointed when needed most - the last ball. Aaron turned out the better thinker. There was just no question of not attempting two runs on the last ball because India just could not have lost. He should have been charging down the pitch for both the runs. He will internally remain "hounded" by this mistake - but should try to forget it as quickly as possible. It was stupid mistake, but cannot be undone. A great career awaits Ashwin. Best of luck 'Down Under'.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Good signs for the recovery of WI cricket in this series. Some of the young batters really stood-up, and with a battery of good pace men plus the spin of Bishoo/Ramnarine (if considered as he should be) it's looking like a well balanced side. Vital because a competitive WI side adds a lot to the Test scene.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Why are people talking about the non-existent run off the LAST ball? The question is who asked Ashwin to wait till the last ball? Ashwin's brain-freeze started just after Kohli got out. For the last 4 overs, he did not take responsibility for the chase, by keeping off strike for all but 4 deliveries. He turned over strike in the first balls of two consecutive overs. And allowed Varun Aaron to take a run off the last ball of the penultimate over, and thereby retain strike. He said in the presentation ceremony he 'felt' Ishant and the rest had better chance of squeezing out a boundary. Of course, tail-enders do get some lucky edges, but they could also have got OUT in the meanwhile. By leaving it all to chance, Ashwin, after having produced some stellar performances earlier, abdicated his responsibility towards the team, whatever the failures of the top order batsmen might have been. In short, the culprit in the end is Ashwin not for the last ball but for the last 4 overs.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | November 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    What a match? A 3 test old Ashwin nearly did it for us. What a calm head on his shoulder? After 24 wickets and a century, it is amazing that people still debate about Harbhajan's inclusion in the team. Cant figure out what goes on in people's mind.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    A classic test match , No one would ever tell Test cricket is boring after watching that game . But slightly got a feeling that the Indians were happy with a Draw . Anyways it was a teriffic series , The west indies too played well .

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    For those with doubts the match ended as a draw with the scores level. For the Indian fans who seem to be blaming Ashwin for the draw, they seem to not realize that india could have actually lost the test match. It is true he was timid and preferred to not lose than to win. But to lose this match would have been disastrous for India. Just imagine if Fidel had knocked over Ashwin, then the last man would have had loads of pressure. Does he keep out the last ball or go for the victory? It is only in the WI that one understands the relentless pressure that Sammy is under.He was meticulous in his field placings, made the batsman wait(contributed to VK dismissal), used bowlers well(used the quicks to finnish off instead of spinners).Even with less than 10 runs the guys refused to give up. Reminds me of the Aus/SA WC semi(99 I think) where Aus refused to throw in the towel. I guess Indians can now truly apreciate who DS really is rather than listen to the anti-Sammy garbage

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    SHAME OF TENDULKAR HES STILL FAILED ??? HOW MANY TIME HE FAILED IN CRUNCH MATCHES DO U CALL HIM MASTER BLASTER I DONT AGREE I DO AGREE HES GREAT PLAYER BUT NOT WORLD CLASS A WORLD CLASS PLAYER WRAP UP THE MATCH SIMPLY HES SO SELFISH ALWAYS PLAY FOR CENTURY AND HIS CENTURY ALWAYS USELESS FOR INDIAN TEAM SO PLZ TENDULKAR GIVE UR SPACE TO ANOTHER YOUNG TALENT LIKE ONE OF MY FAV PLAYER KOHLI HES GREAT PLAYER SO DOHNI U DONT NEED TO KEEP FINGER ON UR LIPS I KNOW UR ALSO MATCH WINNING PLAYER FOR INDIA

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Just a single run was the difference, wow! The match was played in the true spirit of the game. Congratulations to both teams. The result was true reflection of the series. WI needs to apply themselves in the fourth innings, like they did in the 2nd Test. But hopefully, this result will instill the confidence that is needed for the one-dayers. India too played well to win the series and much is expected from them in the current WI series and of course in Australia( especially after the debacle in England.)

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 27, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Sachin failure in the 2nd innings, surprise surprise. Same will happen here in Oz. Ashwin looks like a star in the making too.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 27, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Great end to a test which seemed to be heading nowhere. Without Ashwin's heroics India wouldn't have had a sniff of winning the game. Having said that Indian fans will be extremely disappointed that the one day specialists couldn't get them over the line when it looked nailed on. Ashwin reminded me of Donald's rabbit in the headlights moments for SA in a world cup vs Australia

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | November 27, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Why aren't people blaming Dhoni? Everyone seems to be blaming Ashwin, the man who gave us a chance in the first place along with Ohja. Dhoni scored 13 of 35 balls and he is a recognised bat!

  • POSTED BY honestno2 on | November 27, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    India cant even white washed the amateur windies team.......at home....but when they toured the got white washed easily....why ??? explain please

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    well,india is currently 2nd in icc test list and west indies is 7th, there was no MATCH in standards of the 2 sides in any field of the game,yet full marks to india for making one.they made a perfect batting pitch to begin with for tendulkar to get his hundredth international hundred,some of the others got hundreds but tendulkar failed not once but twice on his home ground to do so.

  • POSTED BY peterss on | November 27, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Deserving Man of the Match and Series for Ashwin. The highest scorer for India in this test and the highest number of wickets. What more can u ask for? Now the challenge is Aus!

  • POSTED BY fazaian on | November 27, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    nice finish and outstanding match. Hard luck for tendulkar again for missing his century

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | November 27, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    It's very hard to swallow seeing the west Indies of the 80's and the millennium WI.. Darren Sammy saw this thru with the help of Rampaul, Castro, Samuels & Bishoo.. I like the way Ravi & Fidel fight with the ball.. WI has a long way to go- it's not about scoring runs- it's about how you play cricket... you can't DROP CATCHES, MISS RUN OUTS, OR LAZY MISFIELDING... if WI had converted all their opportunities, like they get in every game, they could be the noisiest boys in town, but because they are WI and they have hard time adopting to cricket and play it like cricket... I am not a fan of WI but I can't watch patiently how Sammy fails to deploy "game tactics" and play situational cricket when things get out of hands... no, they'll not change despite they pretend.. no excuse for letting Ashwin score a century- WI never approached the tailenders like tailenders- let 'em off the hook..

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    It was a thrilling draw for the WI only. The Indians were disconsolate. Every Indian would feel disillusioned and crassly let down. Those few runs at the tail end were eminently gettable. The way it went, it looked we were determined not to win (or even lose). Its a huge heartbreak pass for batsmen like Sehwag and Virat Kohli who bled for a win.

    Now every Indian knows that but for Sehwag's presence in the team, even the situation wouldn't have arisen. Kohli strove hard and almost lived out Sehwag's and every Indian's dream, but it was destined not to be.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Test cricket is far frm Dying..wat a TEST matches we r witnessing recently..IND-W.IND, Aus-S.AFR,NZ-ZIM,Pak-SRI,BD-W.IND, u just name it..may be not all thru the series but seriously, Loving TEST cricket mor now..good..and keep it up and keep it Alive n Bright :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Vow ! What a test match, having all the ingredients of the limited overs' matches. Had anyone won the impact wouldn't have been this much thrilling. What a finish !

  • POSTED BY JontyFan on | November 27, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @Test_Match_Fan: So all the runs scored by Sachin have come when it didn't matter. Could you explain when do runs not matter?

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | November 27, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Both teams deserved to win this match. Great match and a Great result. Nice to see the west Indies players and supporters celebrate. India and WI have always been great friends.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    @Satvinder Gill: U gotta be kidding. Seriously? Bhajji might have won the match in the scenario in the last 5 overs or so but surely this scenario would not have been there if Bhajji was playin. Who would have taken those 9 wickets instead?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    India's victories at home are meaningless - the pitches are totally flat when india bats and then start cracking when India bowls.

    When India go to real competitive areas like England, look what happens to them.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    @Satwinder Gill If Bhajji had played instead of Ashwin West Indies would still be playing their first innings, how can you forget that Ash took 10 wkts plus the hundred. How many wkts do you think Bhajji wud have taken??? Wake up man, Bhajji has ahd his run and let him fight his way back by taking wickets. Or is that too tall an order for him?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I dont think we deserve to draw the match. and the thinking of ashiwin that we should not loose the match and defence the second last ball was not acceptable after making a century in first inning, he should have tried to hit the ball for four or six, and even if he get out. there was ojha to defend the last ball. this is he diffrence between Herbhajan and Ashwin . ashiwin may be a good player for future but he cannot compare to herbhajan in any way. this match was drawn just because of stupidness of ashiwn. after a year or two i dont think aswin will be there in our indian team. and because of this kind of players we will always make our winning position into a draw or lose the match, we need a positive attitude which teams like england , southafrica and austrialia has. Even a team like kenay, zimbabwe, bangladesh must have won the match in this condition....we dont deserve to be no.1 after making this winning postion into a draw....

  • POSTED BY CricNostalgia_70s on | November 27, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Hi Jonathonjosephs - here is my understanding why it is not called a tie. For a match to be a tie it should finish before the time alloted for it and with the scores level. That would happen only if the team batting last has completed it's innings with scores level. In this case the match ended because there was no more time left. The team batting last - in this case India - still had wickets in hand !

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    nice finish... a tie is only achieved had India lost all 10 wickets and the teams ended up on the same score.. they had 9 down so a draw.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    This one will go down amongst the most memorable Test Matches !

    Both India and WI almost made it ...........

    Ashwin , certainly is the find of this seies for India and I would like to think the same about Yadav too. Perhaps Ashwin is the all rounder India is looking for in Tests and ODI.

    WI too have been a revelatoin in this series !

    Twice in he 3 Test match series WI took a first innings lead over India (despite our batting legends being in good form) on Indian wickets.

    With more experience and exposure players like Bravo,Samuels, Braithwaite, Edwards, Rampaul , Bishoo may perhaps help WI regaining their past position in Tests.

    MSD is right in his comments about not taking WI as a team with leser strength.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | November 27, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Indian fans are perhaps the most hardest fans to please. If tendulkar gets anything short of a century, they are disappointed. Tendulkar could make 90 runs off 30 balls, and Indian Fans would still be disappointed. Now, the man of the match (series), made a century and a 5wicket haul is criticized for not running hard, when he was run out a second after he made the 1st run?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    @Lindan Wale....I agree with you on that. Besides, SRT is now playing only for his 100th International century. He knew that he could never go for 100 in the 2nd innings due to less number of runs required to win the match and the remaining time left in the match. And for this particular reason, he did not try to prolong his stay at the crease. I respect SRT for his top class cricket career and I am sure Sachin needs no further achievement to prove that he is the best of all, Cricket has ever produced. I think retirement at this stage would certainly earn him more respect in the rest of the cricketing world. Indian fans should not take him as the only source of pride for India, Indians have a lot of other things to be proud of. If they really love Sachin, they should let him free from this mounting pressure which might hurt him psychologically. Take it easy, Indians...please give him some breathing space, he is just a human after all.

  • POSTED BY hvijay.1985 on | November 27, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    @Satvinder Gill : Right, Harbhajan would've scored a century in the first innings, got 9 wickets in the test and been not out at the end to carry the team through. Long shot, appreciate what Ashwin has done.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I think the Indian team is well and truely back with a bang and have lots of positives in the bowling department to brag about....

    India has un-earthed two spinners who can win you matches on any pitch and two tear away fast bowlers...

    World's greatest batting line-up is back to its scoring ways and all eyes will be on the greatest batsman of all time to score the 100th 100.......

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Is there any greats got MoM or MoS on their debue series? As long as I have seen, those who got this never last long.

  • POSTED BY Genmaximus28 on | November 27, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs This is not a tie, since India weren't all out. They still had 2 wickets in hand.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - correct, - this is a tie, - not a draw, good that someone here recognises the significance....

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | November 27, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    The title should have been 'Thrilling last ball win for India' had Ashwin showed little more presence of mind in trying to steal a second run. By putting pressure on the fielder, he could have maybe caused a fumble!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Its not a bad thing that west indies drew this match and this is going to be a base from where westindies can go up which is what world cricket needs at the moment.india would have gained nothing by winning this match yes they might have felt good about it that they won 3-0 but with this draw west indis will gain more than what india would have gained with a win. So west indies keep working hard and I believe that your team have the capability to break into top 5.can't wait for the australian tour to start bring it on....

  • POSTED BY siddhuiitb on | November 27, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    @ Nitin Sivakumar: This is not a tie. The result is 'Draw with scores level' and there is only 1 test match before this match which has ended in draw with scores level.

  • POSTED BY MastQalandar on | November 27, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    To all those who are wondering why this result is not being called a Draw and not a Tie - this is because though the scores were level at the end, India had not lost all their wickets. If India had lost the last man with the scores tied it would have been called a Tie.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    can't get it !! some of guys !! blaming sachin or sehwag for what ?? for scoring 90's in(sachin ) first inng ? or for playing aggressively the way he plays (sehwag ).. and to those who has mentioned ashwin is bowler not batsman ,ahh!! he got 100 by fluke ?? aron is pure bowler not ashwin !! he should have applied cricketing brains knwing last over will be bowled by edwards so he should have played 1 or 2 risky shots in 2 nd last or 3 rd last over !!! nevertheless we have found great test player in form of ashwin ,always had d talent so with raina and rohit sharma but he delivered d goods when matter most !!!

  • POSTED BY siddhuiitb on | November 27, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: Tie = the sum of scores of 2 innings of both teams are equal + All the 40 wickets have fallen. Draw = match ended without 20 wickets being fallen of any of the sides or both the sides and team chasing in the last has scored (summing the scores of their 1st innings as well) < sum of scores of 2 innings of the other team. Draw with scores level = Neither a Tie (scores level but 40 wickets have not been fallen) nor a draw (because scores are level).

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | November 27, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @Vinchester- FYI and for all those who are confused as to why this wasn't a tie,for a match to be deemed a tie in TEST matches,a team should be ALL OUT with SCORES LEVEL.Since Ind were only 9 down,this becomes a draw.In ODI's one need not be bowled out as long as scores are level at the end of 50 overs for a tie.

  • POSTED BY monisammy on | November 27, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    WHY BLAME ASHWIN ALONE???? YA VERY TRUE HE NEEDS MORE MATCH FITNESS AND NEEDS TO GET MORE ATHLETIC.. BUT WHAT WAS OURMOST HYPED MIDDLE ORDER'S CONTRIBUTION?? DHONI HAS TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE(LIKE HE IS IN SHORTER VERSIONS OF THE GAME). SACHIN NEEDS TO PROVE HIS WORTH BEING IN THE TEAM BY PLAYING A MATCH WINNING KNOCK UNDER PRESSURE(NOT NECESSARILY A CENTURY). RAHUL SHOULD CHECK HIS SHORT BEFORE PLAYING THEM(HE JUST SAW SACHIN GETTING OUT TO A SIMILAR SHOT AGAINST THE SAME BOWLER). LAXMAN HAS TOO PLAY THE SHOTS THAT HE IS COMFORTABLE WITH(HAS GOT OUT MANY TIMES IN SIMILAR FASHION OFF LATE). HONESTLY FEEL THAT GAMBHIR HAS TO PAVE WAY FOR SOME ONE LIKE RAHANE, MUKUND, DINESH(WHO EVER CAN DO A DECENT OPENING JOB)..

  • POSTED BY ian_ghose on | November 27, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Hats off to the other 21 players for turning the match from a Sachin Tendulkar benefit match into a real test match! Bravo!!

    @bouncer3459 - considering how ordinary India was in England, I'm not sure England would want to play 'minnows' like India either.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Most Indian cricket fans can never be satisfied. Though Ashwin dint push for the second run, he wouldnt have made it even if he had. Not even the best runners would have as the throw was spot on. And after the wicket of Ishant, Ashwin really dint have the option to take a risk. It would have been terrible to lose the match after all this. He was right to defend the penultimate ball. Come on people. He is the only indian to score a century in the match and that to0 at a such a high strike rate. FOR PEOPLE ASKING WHY IT IS NOT A TIE: It is not a tie because Ind was 9 down while the scores were level. For a tie, the scores should be level and all wickets gone

  • POSTED BY WhenDWestwas1 on | November 27, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Before this test series started I predicted India will dominate the WI. But the 3 matches was evenly contested and India was the home side. This series was very confusing how a team like India which is one of the best teams in the world, could not finish the tourist. Must commend the WI they showed india that they were on the same level with them. WI entered this series as boys and will leave India as men they played against one of the most experience test side and did well. WI seem to have a good group of young players, expecting them to climb up the ranking soon.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    I don't know what people think of the test match, but I personally think India lost out. WI were a better side for 4 and a half day but still I think India lost out. Not being very critical of Ashwin, but may be he should have tried to heave it to the leg side on the penultimate ball, it was straight one and mid wicket could have been a option. And the last run was a disaster, Ashwin should have run blind. But all praise to WI team, they held on to their nerves and I guess the world of cricket will be happy place if WI can demonstrate the same amount of courage and presence of mind more regularly in the cricket field.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Feel lucky that I've witnessed it. Who said test cricket is dead???!!!

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 27, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    The first tie drawn Test in Brisbane in 1961 is when the West Indies showed the world what they could be if led properly without any feelings of players hailing from one island or the other. That was the time when West Indian cricket became a brand all too loved and all too synonymous with the game. I feel that this Test is going to make this West Indies side develop into the great one that they are meant to be. Just imagine a team comprising Gayle,Barath,Darren Bravo,Shiv Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels, Baugh,Kemar Roach,Jerome Taylor,Ravi Rampaul,Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo, and you can see my point. They have it in them to take on any team anywhere in the world. They lost in India but they were more than just competitive. With some luck, they could have won yesterday. The difference in the teams was very narrow. And this while playing in India shows what this team can go on to achieve. History will probably show Sammy as a captain who brought back the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    A tie was a disgraceful result and in spite of Ashwin's good performance I hold him responsible for India not winning...Safety...Safety...Sorry that's not a winner's attitude. In Fact, his comments and handling of the last few overs reminded me of the horrible Indian teams in the 90's. Extremely disappointed

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | November 27, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    @Satvinder Gill, If H Singh was playing in place of Ashwin, India would have lost the match like in Sydney 2008. Can you remember how Indian lower order surrender to M Clarke, and had H Singh played India would have lost by an Innings perhaps.

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | November 27, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    @jonathanjoseph Because India had two wickets left. It would have been a tie had the Indian was ALL OUT at 242. For me personally, This performance by a very low ranked and very weak WI is as good as victory.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    I was gutted to see Ashwin was not as desperate to win as his counterpart and whole of the crowd... who cares if he was out..atleast he could have tried for a 2nd run the throw cud have been wide..the keeper might have missed under pressure.... being calm doesn't mean u can't be desperate for win.. he can learn it from Dhoni.. on paper it might be a draw..but it is definately a lose for India ...

  • POSTED BY vertical on | November 27, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    @jonathanjoseph because they ran out of overs(5 days complete) so its a draw.If they were all out then it would have been a tie.get it!!

  • POSTED BY Anwaar-Sandhu on | November 27, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    people asking for a TIE??? coz india may still have won it provided some more time. but IF INDIA ALSO LOST 10TH WICKET AT SCORES LEVEL, then it would have been called a tie................ so people please understand. but dont get disapointed foe not winning, just cherish the fact that your teams were involved in one of the greatest thrillers in history of cricket. i would not have been as dissappointed on not watching odi or t20 tie, but i feel i should have watched last hour of this match live, it would have been great.... congrats to both teams for putting u a great show. ANWAAR from PAKISTAN

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    what a test match,congrats west indies, good set of talented bowlers and batsmen . need more exposure and fielding to improve. India to rethink your selection of test players and as for sachin, u should be more determee than ever before to get that 100 of 100 and create history and play more aggresively and freely. wish u the best and better luck.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | November 27, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    It's not a tie because India had one wicket left. If they had lost their last wicket with the scores level then that would have been a tie.

  • POSTED BY DR.JAY on | November 27, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN WEST INDIES PLAYED AUSTRALIA IN BRISBANE 1960-61 THE TEST MATCH TO THE BEST OF RECOLLECTION ENDED UP WITH THE SCORES LEVEL.I AM SURE ABOUT IT.IF I AM CORRECT THEN THIS IS GOING TO BE THIRD TIME NOT THE SECOND TIME .PLEASE LET THE CRICKET FANS HAVE THIS INFORMATION .THANKS (DR) HAAMID JAVAID

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | November 27, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Haven't seen Day 5 better than this. Ordinary batting by WI in second innings. India must give credit to Sehwag who gave them swashbuckling start & set the tone for result. Otherwise Indians are not known to chase such aggressive targets of 4th innings.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | November 27, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Agree with sundoo,Sehwag's wicket gave them belief that they can win the match from a hopeless one sided canter,enough of this 'oh thats the way he plays' .He is now a veteran nearing 100 test matches and must not be irresponsible and callous,this behavior was precisely why we couldn't win,and whats with team management,why not Ojha ahead of Aaron,even they are answerable for such a disappointing result.We never learn and will just soak in a so called 'thriller' of a match while a below-par Australia made an epic chase in SA,that is called 'killer instinct' which sadly us indians lack!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Tendulkar fails as usual when he is asked to deliver. About time to retire him.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 27, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I am sorry,blamingAshwin is not the answer. When batsmen like Tendulkar, Gambhir and Dhoni fail to deliver why blame a #8 batsman? It was Ashwin who gave some backbone to the indian batting with his magnificient century after taking 5 wickets. He was again a star in the second inn9ings when he got 4 wickets even after Dhoni blundered by not bringing him on earlier on a spinners' wicket. Seamers Ishant & Aaron from one end on a spinners wicket!. India lost at least 25 runs unnecessarily.It was Ashwin & Ojha who gave India a winning chance in the first place from 112 for 3 to 134 all out. I expected more from 3 of top 6 batsmen. Sehwag played irresponsible shot. Why show off with reverse sweep instead of normal shots? Even Kohli after getting set & knowing that he was the last batsman, should have been more careful. It was poor batting by top 6 bats.They had a duty & responsibilty to score the runs between tham - not leave it to Ashwin to lead them for the 4th time in 4 innings!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    India and the Windiesw should both consider this a lost

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 27, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Indian fans must be sick to death of Sachin's continual second innings failures when the team needs him. I for one hope he remains in the team because it will only add to their woes in Aus. The biggest worry of course will be the greatest Indian batsman of all time, Draivd. The wall will be the only thing holding back the flood that is Australia at home, where India have NEVER, i repeat, NEVER, won a test series. Having said that at least they finally dropped the deadweight Harbhajan. Ohja and Ashwin look great. Expect 4-0 to Oz though.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | November 27, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Another fabulous example of why the ICC got their decision NOT to have a test championship so WRONG - this is the best format of the game and needs to be supported. The ICC are the most useless management board of any international sport on the planet. They are single handedly wrecking test cricket, whilst T20 back handers fill their pockets.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Well very well fought out game, heads up to Indian player for trying best to win it, but it happens in cricket. they fought unlike pakistan had they gotten score to chase like this, they would have played for a draw from first ball. good luck team India in Aust.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Ever so often the WI team put up what seems to be a good show, comments are made to the effect that they are back on track. When last have any West Indian player put togethet two decent scores in the same test? Brovo proved the only exception this time, but he allowed himself to be dominated too much. Did you notice that Ashwin dominated while he batted in the 1st inning. West Indies batsmen need to learn to play against a spin attack. Maybe its good Sammy couldn't bowl. I doubt it would have been a draw, and I doubt it would have been a win for WI.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    One still wonders as to why Ashwin was looking at the throw instead of sprinting for the second run. Even if was out running for the second, as it happened, it would not have changed the result. The rookie Aaron knew that but sadly Ashwin was not. I fell his inexperience cost India , a possible victory. Again, why not Ojha, the ore experienced ahead of the debut ant Aaron, who will be having buttefilies. Dhoni seemed o be found wanting here

  • POSTED BY VEXXZ on | November 27, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    The West Indies selectors and coach must take a good hard look at the position Sammy holds in the team . When you look at Roach, Shillingford and Russell all sitting on the side line and the team need that extra strength , it makes you wonder .Its only the TEST matches here, the other "night-out-with-the-boys" style 20/20 and 50 over cricket , who cares .Test Cricket is what real men are made of , and will always rule .

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 27, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    @bouncer3459 When was the last time a "real test team" won a test series India. We have vanquished all who came to our turf. When your "real team" does get here we will give them a sound "SPANKING" and send them home!

  • POSTED BY mudit14june on | November 27, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    i dont think it is a drawn test match....india make it to be drawn....when india needed a runrate of 3 in last seven over with 4 wickets in hand ....in all three version t20,one day and test matches ..all team except india should try to win in before last over..but it never look like accelaratering runrate. they are going 3 runs in each over not even trying some boudries or improvement of runrate..

  • POSTED BY Bobby614 on | November 26, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    this was how Indian team was before 2000.. always looking for a draw first.. had it been a T20 match these batsman will throw their bat at anything that comes.. what silly excuses.. u cant even take risks against minnows and call yourself world champs.. Scoring centuries when there is relatively less pressure is no big deal.. when u cant play a proper 4th innings why play for records sake.. entire tour of England was a failure.. at-least with minnows play aggressively..

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    celebrating draws like victories is what west indies have come to i guess. we could have won this series 2-1 with a more tactically aware captain. The selectors declined to make use of the experience ,aggressive batting & better slip catching Gayle & Sarwan would have brought to the team. With all that + the variety they would have added to the spin bowling we would have stood an even better chance. However in the next 3 or so years After Sehwag Sachin Tendulkar Dravid & Laxman retire we should be able to beat India in the West Indies. hopefully Bharat , Bravo Edwards Powell Roach Bishoo and Brathwait will be more prepared by then. All The batting collapses against spin, missed run outs, dropped catches & wickets off no balls aside it was not too bad of a series . West Indies can be given a 5.5 out of 10

  • POSTED BY NairUSA on | November 26, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Kudos to both Team India and WI for really battling it out. While India had a good opportunity to win, WI showed that any match can be turned around with the right attitude. All said, a very good entertainment!

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Hope Ramdhin does not come back to average the same 22 runs in test cricket like he did before he was dropped. If so we might as well start looking elsewhere fore a wicket keeper BATSMAN.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    @ bouncer3459. Amen my friend. Even on Pre-prepared dust bowls the mighty India could not defeat WI. I would imagine this is the reason they do not play proper oppenents at home: fear of losing! I can't wait to see them get a hiding in Oz by a medicore Austraian side. Even Mitch Johnson will take wickets against these guys!

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    @ Riad Hosein. I thought Sammy was WI leading wicket taker for the tour. Hardly a 'club player' or what ever it wasyou called him. May not have the traditional pace of other Windies greats but he does well. Plus, he is the captain who has got a drawand two other favourably results... would another captain have achieved this? The bloke deserves more credit than he gets.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Posted by Jairam Goud on (November 26 2011, 14:27 PM GMT) Why wasnt another over bowled because batsman had no problem playing one more over

    Or indeed a day... o, yes, timeless tests were stopped for a reason.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 26, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    It reminded me of Alan Donald being stuck like a rabbit in the headlights when he was in with Zulu in the WC match against Australia after Zulu did all the hard work to get them to the brink of victory. The one thing you will say is that if it wasn't for Ashwin's heroics with both bat and ball India wouldn't have had a sniff of winning. Just a shame he seemed to freeze as it looked as though there were 2 runs there. Credit the WI bowlers too

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    As irritated as I was by a West Indian collapse, I was encouraged by their skill... They can bat and reasonably bowl. If they get their heads straight (and a better wicket-keeper batsman), in two years they will be force to reckon with...

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | November 26, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    I just checked out Aaron's batting stats for his domestic career and while I can see how that would have influenced Dhoni's decision but I still think the man to send in was Ojha instead of Aaron. Aaron was still playing his first test and there was tremendous pressure to take runs at that point, Ojha had gone through the very same situation a year back in Mohali and managed to survive the drama there to take India home. Mentally, he was probably better suited to accompanying Ashwin in the end in this match. So stop blaming poor Ashwin, focus on the fact that it was a lot of unfortunate decisions that lead to a draw instead of a win.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Maybe sachin will retire on the threshold of this milestone, bradman did so too

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | November 26, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    @bouncer3459 west indies have been rebuilding for a long time now. I can see you wasn't please with this result, Australia is waiting in the wings could be more disappointments. I think you would realised that India have already played England before this series where they lost their No.1 ranking status. West Indiesis on the upwards with lots of talent. when Sachin, Laxman and Dravid goes hope someone in line to stand up?

  • POSTED BY lakx on | November 26, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    CoreDump blames "Ashwin...for not winning"

    Watch the last ball carefully and you will find that Aaron was 4-5 yards down the pitch before Ashwin completed the shot but still had not reached the non-striker's end when the keeper takes off the bail at the strikers end. How do you expect Ashwin to complete the shot and then run and complete 2 runs before a faster Aaron.

    The fact is even if Ashwin had sprinted like Aaron or even Rajnikanth he would never have completed the second run as there was no second run.

    On the other hand it is due to Ashwin India did not lose the match and had a chance to win.

    And then since when a no.8 batsman(tailender) became resposible for scoring runs. There were 7 batsmen before him who failed, twice and if no.8 can be blamed then why not blame no.10 for wasting 4 deliveries to score 1.

    Its like your father, mother etc lost their job and your kid brother breaks his piggy bank to get you food to survive and you are upset that he did not get you biryani.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    What an amazing match! And I don't think people should be too hard on Ashwin. At the end of the day, he is a bowler, not a batsman. A lot of people seem to have forgotten that in the last 10 hours!

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    WEST INDIES could have and should have beat India. Next Time we meet, it must be Windies to the world. Barbados forever. Happy Independence Barbados, West Indies did well on this tour. Lets go from strength to strength.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | November 26, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    bouncer3459 what a horrible thing to say. England must of said the same thing when India toured them. "We whitewashed India 5-0 in Tests. Maybe we should stop playing minnows like India and start playing real times like West Indies". How can you call West Indies a minnow?

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | November 26, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    And can someone tell me why this doesn't classify as a Tie?

  • POSTED BY zshanto on | November 26, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Well done west indies . All credit goes to west indies team . If they did not miss two run out at the end match could have in their hand now . Tight and competition match had today in test cricket . west indies are on their way to back in real action. And it's a sign for others that they are strong competator as well . In one day series I must say west indies will show some more of their development to the world cricket from 29th nov. welcome to all Indian supporter to watch the one day series . In one day series west indies must find a way to bat on against Ashwin & praven kumar . At the other hand bowler should keep target to shewag , kholi , gambhir , Raina and rohit . I can't wait till start 1st ODI . For Indians mark on Samuels , bravo , Simmons , Polard and russel , Barath .

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 26, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Sehwag should be reprimanded for getting out playing an unconventional high risk shot when the going was good and the destination was so far away.

  • POSTED BY Test_Match_Fan on | November 26, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Sorry Tendulkar fans. He could not score when it mattered........yet again. Great career, but time has come he retires gracefully and does not go to Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    If it was Bhajji playing in place of Ashwin, India would have won the match. Ashwin is really good player and might be a better bowler than him right now, but he needs to step up his batting in situations like this to be better than Bhajji. Good luck to him for future matches, and hopefully we will win matches like these in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Sad to draw from winning position, India No.1 in ICC ranking some time ago could not force the issue when it mattered that too against the Panicking WI in recent times. Or Ranking is farce to an extent. Invincible teams like AUS (1990-2005) and W.Indies of 80's only deserve it.

    Had Aswin won this match, he would have been the real Man of Series award, sorry bloke too early for that. Too much hype on Sachin is mistake of our media and his followers, leave him free of all this he would serve better for the country.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    to all those who crow and crib and cry about sachin failing in a pressure situation, it's only when sachin gets out the pressure is created.... where is the usual second innings savior who usually fails in first innings??

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Good article, although it should be pointed out that this is not just the second instance of a test match ending in a tie, and not the first for India at that. The Aus vs WI match in Brisbane in 1960 and the Aus vs India match in Chennai 1986 also ended in ties.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    No one is righteous to blame ashwin..coz he is a tailender who saved the match instead of unexpected freaking loss. I think our top order batsmen in the way they got out is very irresponsible. West Indies got wickets of contribution of bad shots from indians. If we still continue the same batting in Australia, we will be thrashed.......

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | November 26, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    @ I so agree with you. I like Sammy and he have shown alot of sprite leading the team, unfortunely he lack Talent in batting and bowling, thats all everything else he is good at. But to be honest I would perfer having Ramdin As the next West Indies TEST Captain, Sammy cna remain my ODI and T20 captain, having Ramdin as the Captain, we could play around with some of our All rounder like Dywane Bravo, K Pollard, A Russel, C Brathwaite, etc to find one Great allrounder to fill in Sammy spot. even If Ramdin Fail, we can also Drop him and Use Darren Bravo as a Full time keeper, he is a part time keeper, this would give us more Option for 2 All rounders in the side. Just something to think about, Since Gayle, Sarwan and Nash seems to be history in Test Cricket, plus Chanderpaul got like another 2 - 3 years career, got to build on the middle order. so far West Indies got. Barath, Brathwaite, K edwards and D BRavo along with chander, just need two more Strong batsmens.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Someone tell me why this game is not a tie ??

  • POSTED BY Etrnlwanderer on | November 26, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Any other country but India would have won this match , given the scoreline in the last 5 overs.

  • POSTED BY groundreality on | November 26, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    I would blame Ashwin, Dhoni, Sachin for not winning this (in the same order). Ashwin for not running more aggressively. Dhoni for not scoring bit more quickly (I think he was trying to draw when he came to bat). Sachin as usual not getting runs in high pressure situation.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 26, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    I learn from cricinfo commentary which I quote here: >>>>Ashwin has tweeted this: "Can anyone tell what differently cud have been done??instead of saying cud have run the 2...moment I completed 1 the throw was over my head."<<<<<

    My reply to him: "the throw was over my head" , eh?? Why did you look at the ball or the fielder or whatever? You had no business to do ANYTHING OTHER THAN RUNNING TWO. Sorry, no excuses. I am your big fan. But I am a much bigger fan of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Until the penultimate delivery ,it was India who were in control who could even ensure that a Indian Defeat is ruled out. After this ,a risky shot would have been the ideal choice which could fetch a four or even a two. Even a dismissal would not have cost India anything, result would still be a draw, India lacked adventure when it mattered the most and that too when no risk of losing was already ensured.Could not really understand the hesitancy looking for the second run.A draw was not bad ,could have been definitely better when a first innings centurion was still around.A killer instinct is definitely required when you are touring Australia where the even the tailenders do not give up easily ,the last match between Australia and South Africa is a good example.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | November 26, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Looks like 1st inning tiger disappeared again in the 2nd inning. No.100 has to wait til Australia now. Will someone tell him to either retire already or get it done with so a billion people can sleep peacefully?

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Both Gambhir and Sehwag should be severely reprimanded for the way they got out. Particularly Sehwag. His attempt at a reverse sweep was merely playing to the gallery.Sehwag has done this before .He should play for India-not Sehwag

  • POSTED BY bouncer3459 on | November 26, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    India should stop playing 3 test series with Minnows and start playing with some "real Teams" like e.g England. Too Scary hmmm. There is no point in trying to beat teams like West Indies. Again when it matters the Great Master couldnot cope with the pressure and got out to another Paltry Score. I am not sure whether he will be able to get to another hundred. May be BCCI and ICC have to give Bermuda the Test Status and Arrange a series on Flat tracks for the Little Master to Muster up his hundred.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Given Ashwin was not the hero that the crowd wanted him to be, whatever happened to our infamous middle order collapse in the fourth innings? Something that Duncan Fletcher needs to address before the Australia tour.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Craig 7/10 wonderful find so unwest indian in your art EXACTLY WHAT WEST INDIES TEST TEAM NEED STABLITY AT THE TOP. Adrian 6/10 getting back to match fitness will get better. kirk 7.5/ 10 i'm glad i was wrong about you. D Bravo 8.5/10 . marlon 2/10 rubbish should be dropped permanently soft mentality. Chanders 9/10. powell 4.5/10 needs more work play in A team a bit more not ready yet. baugh -1/10 where are your runs they drop ramdin because of runs he's a better gloveman than you! consider this your last game. FIDEL 4/10 whats going on with you speed swing and eyes of the tiger has gone! Ravi 8/10 you have been outstanding getting pace swing movement off the pitch in unhelpful conditions. Bishoo 6/10 you been disappointing but you are a match winner and a work in progress. Sammy your still a club players Ramdin is the next captain and keeper.

  • POSTED BY RickyPontingTheGreat on | November 26, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Now, Sachin baba is the lowest scorer when India needed him to score for a win and avoid defeat. He should be given bharat ratna immediately.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    What a match! I thought they had surely given it away, but these young boys have heart old stalwarts like Sarwan and Gayle haven't displayed in years. Keep going, boys, you have no where to end but up! They are the world number one after all, and there's no shame in having them kick your ass. There's only shame in letting it slip away without a fight.

  • POSTED BY pulirajeev on | November 26, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Lost in this exciting draw is the undeniable and unarguable fact that our accumulator of most runs, once again, choked himself out of runs when the team absolutely needed it the most. He succumbed to his own pressure in the first innings and couldn't accumulate another individual milestone and succumbed in the second innings when he could've carried the team.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 26, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Fair result and now fair pitch. Congratulations to India for the series win. If India wins a series in Australia then for all practical purposes, it will be #1 test team for me. England will now have to work hard to keep its ranking at top and nothing less than winning future series will keep England #1.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Kudos to team india for chasing the target rather than going for a draw...

  • POSTED BY Leddih on | November 26, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Same old West Indies. Why is Sammy always pleased? What is he so happy about? He should not be captain, his threshold of satisfaction is too low.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Kohli should have been there to seal the win ..... and Ashwin surely needed to be quick on his feet , he could have easily taken the final run

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    a picturesque description of the wankhade of day 5. the article is more than enough to understand the twists and turns of the 3rd Test.

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | November 26, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    What a match! undoubtedly the greatest one I have ever watched.When decent batsmen like bravo,kirk,marlon,barath,powell,baugh struggled against the spin duo of ashwin and ojha what will happen to inferior ones like ponting,hussey,khwaja,hughes,clarke and haddin.Spelling doom for aussies.Perfect time for a 4-0 in our favour. Go and whitewash them! :)

  • POSTED BY Anwaar-Sandhu on | November 26, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    um feeling sooo sad!!!! last hour deserved watching more than any other match..... unfortunately i was away and could not see. :-( but amazing result, hugely surprised to read cricinfo saying, "thrilling draw with SCORES LEVEL", this shows that when test cricket is at its best, it is faaarrrr more worth watching than any other form. i may not have been as disappointed on missing out on watching an odi or t20 tie... but i would have loved to watch this. Don't worry indians or west indians either, coz win would not have made this match as memorable as this tie result with 9 wickets down... wow!!! just cherish that you were involved in one of the mosstt memorable finishes of cricket history... *Anwaar from Pakistan*

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Super India CHOKED at the death. A match they should have won

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Cracking, for days that looked like it was heading for a bore draw. And what a draw it was. Credit to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    I am not able to understand one thing. It is written in this report that 'the match ending with the scores level for only the second time in history'.. Scores level means it is a TIE, and we already have probably two or three tied matches, then why it is not termed as TIED??

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    ojha might come @ 10 biggest mistake is last over when aaron wasted first 3balls n putting pressure on ashwin . anyway these things must help them to play good cricket in future . superb cricket match. test cricket definitely need team like west indies to play with passion n fighting spirit. now we have a settled team with positive attitude for the AUS series . I cant wait to see the teams playing in the boxing day test match.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Superb match... Aswin made mistake... Otherwise India won

  • POSTED BY premclement on | November 26, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    India should have won this match easily, given their powerful batting line up. However, this was a good advertisement for test match.

  • POSTED BY Manush on | November 26, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Though WI collapse in the Second innings was not a surprise, The Indian second knock which looked very comfortable when Sehwag and Dravid were playing suddenly took a reverse turn. It is a fair result at the end. WI fought back well to defend the small total with its inexperienced team. Fine exciting cricket.!!

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | November 26, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    This was a special test match and it ended the way it should (a tie) both teams showed much fight and Spirit,1ST Innings won by W.I and 2ND Innings won by India which made things Even... you gotto love Ashwin and Bravo, Congrats to both of them...I love the respect these two teams has for each other...Looking forward for the one days....

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Draw not acceptable. Whatever explanations/justification Dhoni gives not acceptable. Why did the team wait to score the winning runs till last ball? 1 wicket was still left so they should have taken chances at the beginning of the last over instead waiting for the last ball. In sports there is only WINNERS ; draw / loss doesn't count. Since SRT didn't get his 100th 100 atleast winning the test and clean sweep of the series would have been better. somewhere i feel there was fear of losing the test so didn't try to win!!! (totally individual perception)

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | November 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    WHAT A GREAT TEST MATCH FINISH WE HAD! AFTER LOOKING LIKE A DULL DRAW FOR 4 DAYS -THE MATCH JUST TURNED AMAZINGLY INTO ONE OF THE GREAT ALL TIME MATCHES-CREDIT TO BOTH INDIA AND WINDIES-INDIA FOR PURSUING THE STIFF TARGET ON A FINAL DAY POST-LUNCH PITCH AND FOR THE WEST INDIES FOR FIGHTING TILL THE LAST BALL TO DENY INDIA A 3-0 RESULT AFTER THE GREAT TEST MATCH FINISH IN JO BURG-THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO BOOST THE AURA OF TEST MATCHES-AS AN INDIAN FAN IAM HAPPY THAT THE TEST MATCH FORMAT IS ALIVE AND KICKING{GOOD IT WAS 2-0 AND A TIE INSTEAD OF A 3-0 RESULT}

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Had been following the updates but hadn't watched any of the match till I switched on the final session. So glad I tuned in to see that! After the recent aus sa tests recently I was craving some more test cricket dramatics and I got it.

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | November 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    V.Sehwag should be held responsible for the irresponsible shot he attempted when the going was great and the opponents shoulders had started drooping

    Also Ashwin mind went blank at the crucial moment.

    There is nothing for India to be happy about the 'Thrilling' draw. Time n again they have shown that their batting is not as strong as it is made out to be. Sehwag should be dropped for a few ODI's to send the strong message..

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | November 26, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    well that makes a change. this wicket should be the norm. good batting from both teams in 1st innings, then the spinners coming into the game. well played w,i indian like us all would have said 3 - 0. dpk

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Very well-written descriptive article. You couldn't say it any better. One of the greatest test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    What a Game of Cricket we have today. The last Four Days were boring and one dimension way as the Batters all the way on Bowlers and 1 single last day even out by the Thriller provided today.But still Hats off to the West Indies,They came with relatively inexperience and probably the weakest team ever to tour India.Every one here had predicted Series will dominate by India by handling out 3-0 defeat to the men from Carribeans.The 2-0 score line not completely picturised India anhhilated West Indies but Indians were made to earn their wins .In the First Test they stunned India by taking Vital 95 runs lead but simply thrown away by their consistency in reckless batting in the second inning,In Second test they collapsed in first Inning but made India toil hard in their second attempt and In the Third test they could have won the match too had they have been much Sharper in the Field.Still Well won INDIA and equally well Played WEST INDIES

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Why wasnt another over bowled because batsman had no problem playing one more over

  • POSTED BY vinchester on | November 26, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Shouldnt the match be called a tie?

  • POSTED BY DILEEPMJOHN on | November 26, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    amazing test match.. aswin ojha did well to bring us back in the game..243 of 64 was getabl if batsman plays well against spinners.Sehwag was out in a strange manner but that was ok..thats the way he plays.. he has done a decent job.. sachin got a bad bounce but disappointed to see laxman and dhoni trying unnecessary shots and giving their wickets.Ashwin displayed tremendous presence of mind by defending 2nd last ball making sure Inida wont lose(had he got out rying to finish d match oja could get out last ball as well to hand WI a victory) Aswin tried to score a 4 of the last ball but he couldnt place the ball better.He should hav pressed for the 2 immediately but that doesnt cost us anything as even the fastest of runners would hav found short as there was never 2 in it.But i was surprised he was hesistant to run the second.. had there been a misdirected throw or fumble by keeper he cpould hav got in.anywys ashwin is still the hero :)

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  • POSTED BY DILEEPMJOHN on | November 26, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    amazing test match.. aswin ojha did well to bring us back in the game..243 of 64 was getabl if batsman plays well against spinners.Sehwag was out in a strange manner but that was ok..thats the way he plays.. he has done a decent job.. sachin got a bad bounce but disappointed to see laxman and dhoni trying unnecessary shots and giving their wickets.Ashwin displayed tremendous presence of mind by defending 2nd last ball making sure Inida wont lose(had he got out rying to finish d match oja could get out last ball as well to hand WI a victory) Aswin tried to score a 4 of the last ball but he couldnt place the ball better.He should hav pressed for the 2 immediately but that doesnt cost us anything as even the fastest of runners would hav found short as there was never 2 in it.But i was surprised he was hesistant to run the second.. had there been a misdirected throw or fumble by keeper he cpould hav got in.anywys ashwin is still the hero :)

  • POSTED BY vinchester on | November 26, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Shouldnt the match be called a tie?

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Why wasnt another over bowled because batsman had no problem playing one more over

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    What a Game of Cricket we have today. The last Four Days were boring and one dimension way as the Batters all the way on Bowlers and 1 single last day even out by the Thriller provided today.But still Hats off to the West Indies,They came with relatively inexperience and probably the weakest team ever to tour India.Every one here had predicted Series will dominate by India by handling out 3-0 defeat to the men from Carribeans.The 2-0 score line not completely picturised India anhhilated West Indies but Indians were made to earn their wins .In the First Test they stunned India by taking Vital 95 runs lead but simply thrown away by their consistency in reckless batting in the second inning,In Second test they collapsed in first Inning but made India toil hard in their second attempt and In the Third test they could have won the match too had they have been much Sharper in the Field.Still Well won INDIA and equally well Played WEST INDIES

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Very well-written descriptive article. You couldn't say it any better. One of the greatest test matches.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | November 26, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    well that makes a change. this wicket should be the norm. good batting from both teams in 1st innings, then the spinners coming into the game. well played w,i indian like us all would have said 3 - 0. dpk

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | November 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    V.Sehwag should be held responsible for the irresponsible shot he attempted when the going was great and the opponents shoulders had started drooping

    Also Ashwin mind went blank at the crucial moment.

    There is nothing for India to be happy about the 'Thrilling' draw. Time n again they have shown that their batting is not as strong as it is made out to be. Sehwag should be dropped for a few ODI's to send the strong message..

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Had been following the updates but hadn't watched any of the match till I switched on the final session. So glad I tuned in to see that! After the recent aus sa tests recently I was craving some more test cricket dramatics and I got it.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | November 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    WHAT A GREAT TEST MATCH FINISH WE HAD! AFTER LOOKING LIKE A DULL DRAW FOR 4 DAYS -THE MATCH JUST TURNED AMAZINGLY INTO ONE OF THE GREAT ALL TIME MATCHES-CREDIT TO BOTH INDIA AND WINDIES-INDIA FOR PURSUING THE STIFF TARGET ON A FINAL DAY POST-LUNCH PITCH AND FOR THE WEST INDIES FOR FIGHTING TILL THE LAST BALL TO DENY INDIA A 3-0 RESULT AFTER THE GREAT TEST MATCH FINISH IN JO BURG-THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO BOOST THE AURA OF TEST MATCHES-AS AN INDIAN FAN IAM HAPPY THAT THE TEST MATCH FORMAT IS ALIVE AND KICKING{GOOD IT WAS 2-0 AND A TIE INSTEAD OF A 3-0 RESULT}

  • POSTED BY on | November 26, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Draw not acceptable. Whatever explanations/justification Dhoni gives not acceptable. Why did the team wait to score the winning runs till last ball? 1 wicket was still left so they should have taken chances at the beginning of the last over instead waiting for the last ball. In sports there is only WINNERS ; draw / loss doesn't count. Since SRT didn't get his 100th 100 atleast winning the test and clean sweep of the series would have been better. somewhere i feel there was fear of losing the test so didn't try to win!!! (totally individual perception)