West Indies v SA, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 4th day June 21, 2010

Draw looms after Windies adopt go-slow tactics

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South Africa 543 for 6 dec and 23 for 0 lead West Indies 546 (Chanderpaul 166, Nash 114, Deonarine 65, Bravo 53) by 20 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

It took a bit of struggle and a lot of waiting but West Indies finally succeeded in matching South Africa's total of 543 in what was largely an excruciatingly slow day of Test cricket. The hosts were well-set at the end of the third day to press forward and possibly gain a lead of 100-150 to set up a sporting declaration. But the overnight pair of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo instead settled for negative and defensive tactics, the kind which would give Test-cricket bashers a field day.

The result was a slender three-run first innings lead which gave West Indies a moral victory. But such is the state of West Indies cricket right now that even a draw is considered as good as a win. Clearly, they were not willing to throw anything away and instead focussed on tiring out the South Africans. The play-safe approach, combined with the unhelpful pitch, made this game a poor advertisement for Test cricket. The 90-minute rain delay after tea was more a welcome break than an interruption.

West Indies' tactics in the morning were mysterious. Trailing by 119 runs, the well-set Bravo and Chanderpaul batted like they were injected with tranquilisers. They played out the session without being separated but added just 39 runs - one less than their output after two hours of play yesterday. The attritional cricket spilled over to the afternoon session before Paul Harris, who did his bit in contributing to the dullness with negative tactics, got rid of the pair.

The stodgy resistance by Chanderpaul and Bravo drew parallels with the only other Test at this venue, four years ago. Coincidentally, Chanderpaul was at the forefront then and viewers, commentators and the opposition, India, were all equally baffled at the tactics. West Indies had set themselves up for an unassailable first-innings score, but Chanderpaul and his partner Marlon Samuels batted for almost an entire session like they had resigned themselves to a draw. Not surprisingly, the game had no result.

While Chanderpaul has been known to switch off and play the waiting game, it was unusual seeing Bravo so subdued. Like Samuels did four years ago, Bravo was singing from the same hymn sheet as Chanderpaul, refusing to indulge in any kind of risk.

The bowlers kept it simple, maintained a consistent line outside the off stump, and at times threw the bait with fuller deliveries, inviting the drive. Harris didn't make scoring any easier with his negative line from over the wicket, hoping to get some turn from the rough outside leg stump, but Bravo was happy to pad them away.

In one over, Harris bowled three wides down the leg side, unheard of in Test cricket. There were four men close to the bat - a slip, forward short leg, silly mid-off and short fine leg - but they were made redundant. At one point, Chanderpaul had three fielders deep on the on side, but he too regularly went forward to smother the spin or defend with soft hands. The pace of the game prompted Jeff Dujon to joke on commentary: "Oh boy, two runs off the over. They're hammering it."

Though there were boundary balls on offer, only two boundaries were scored in the morning session, both by Bravo off Dale Steyn. He spanked Lonwabo Tsotsobe past point after lunch to bring up one of his slower half-centuries, off 176 balls. Chanderpaul added only 15 to his overnight score, off 93 balls, when he spooned a catch back to Harris. The muted reception was in contrast to the previous evening when he reached three figures.

Bravo's marathon ended with a thin edge to the wicketkeeper off Harris. A sudden spurt of wickets enlivened the proceedings, and the smattering of spectators who showed up were treated to some entertainment from Ravi Rampaul and Sulieman Benn, who carted the third new ball around with some spanking shots through the off side. They weren't afraid to make room and punch the ball through the covers and carve it over the slips. Morne Morkel, who suffered the most in that brief surge, claimed both with rising deliveries. Mark Boucher in the process added to his illustrious tally by claiming his 500th dismissal.

The South African openers came out in fading light to put on 23 without incident. With the pitch good enough to last another five days, the only thing left to gain on the final day is batting practice. Unless something dramatic happens, a draw seems certain.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on June 23, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    People who are equating 'attractive cricket' to rapid pace in scoring are taking a one-dimensional perspective of Test cricket. Test cricket has many more dimensions and nuances. Michael Atherton defying Allan Donald or Garry Sobers (~70) in the company of Charlie Griffith (~40) defying Indian spin in a Chennai Test in 1966 are savored stories even today. Test cricket is a rainbow. If we focus only one color we miss the essence of its allure.

  • delastbastion on June 22, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Never mind the detractors..... I think see wher Otis Gibson is going with this.... this test match represents a watershed in WI cricket..... the poor results and bad beatings stop here... wipe the slate clean.. stop the rot.... I agree with this , this draw represents the new direction of wi cricket.. we will no longer be whipping boys for anybody... no matter who... if we cant win u will not win either... I've heard that an english PM once said that he'd rather lose a battle ship than to lose a test match... maybe it's time we put some value on our test matches and by extension our wickets.... well done guys keep fighting.

  • moneague on June 22, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Time to stop singing for the return of Ganga. Look at the mans average. That is not even enough to make his national team. If we are looking for a captain with consistency then let us look at the Jamaican captain Lambert with an average of 30 in first class cricket, who has led the winning team for the last three years sweeping competition in the Caribbean. Speaking of Gayle he has one of the best all time averages of any West Indian opener including Hunte, Walcott, Haynes etc. He is playing with a second eleven that is given to him by a selection panel that seems to be always out to lunch!! He also has most of his front line players injured!! Give us a break and face reality, Ganga will never again make WI team...he is just a club PLayer.

  • moneague on June 22, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    With SA posting 450 there can only be a draw or a loss for WI. Good decision from the skipper. Remember that after Brave there are no other batsmen on the team as we saw in the collapse afterward . Ridiculing of Gayle wont help he can only play the team he is given. He played with a lot of restrain in the opening slot to provide a solid lead. Not sure who is responsible for picking the final 11 but some changes have to be made for the last match. Dowlin is not ready, also so is Rampaul. Ramdin has got to go unless his godfather is still one of the selectors. Time to bring in Baugh , Bernard ( allrounder), Tonge (can do better than Rampaul), and give young Bravo a shot. Best of luck for the next game as this game will end in a tame draw.

  • CampBreeze on June 22, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    On that pitch with those bowlers there was no way the West Indies were going to be able to bowl out South Africa. What West Indies did on Day 4 was the smart play, to avoid the possibility of another loss, the only realistic outcome besides the draw. I applaud their effort on Day 3 and 4.

    And it is ironic with the usual criticism of the West Indies that they are rash, impatient, and do not use good judgment that they are also criticized when they show the opposite qualities.

    Now prove me wrong fellas and bowl out SA before Tea!

  • Dreadlocks on June 22, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I have a SOLUTION to these boring test matches. Here it is: Each side will be allowed to bat only 80 overs per innings, if a side is bowled out before their alloted 80 overs ( lets say in 60 overs) the remaining 20 overs is given to the fielding side so they will have 100 overs to bat in their second innings. By doing this you will ensure a result ( unless there is rain) and make it more interesting.

  • on June 22, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    good to see the performance of west indies as in last test they do not played well .happy to see the performance of chandarpaul as in this age they are also playing good cricket.i think only one best cricketer of W I i.e. chandarpaul

  • jupiterlaw on June 22, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    With a couple exceptions (Dowlin & Ramdin), that was a good overall batting performance by the Windies. Through all these dismal years, I have never doubted the talent on the Windies team; what was frustrating was the inconsistency with which that talent expressed itself. There has always been that nagging feeling that they were punching below their weight, which is why a lot of teams above in the rankings are fearful of them in a way that they are not fearful of NZ, ZM and BANG. Windies when fully fit, have the talent to take out the best teams.

  • pratadd on June 22, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    tests like these totally ruin the future of cricket. i'm a fan of test cricket, but then just looking at the defensive play is so "disturbing". when CA is looking towards implementing a split 50 over ODI, matches like these are the final nails in the coffin of "cricket"..t20 isn't cricket at all...just bad baseball with a fancy term. really hopw to see very few games such as these.

  • StaalBurgher on June 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    I am very sorry, but that pitch is just not good enough for a Test match. There needs to be something in it for the bowlers. Why even play the Test if a draw is inevitable unless a team collapses. If a team collapses the game can end on day 3 or 4 but on a decent pitch with 40/60 bowl/bat the game should end on day 5 after a decent contest between the teams. When will hosts be fined for unacceptably flat pitches?

  • on June 23, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    People who are equating 'attractive cricket' to rapid pace in scoring are taking a one-dimensional perspective of Test cricket. Test cricket has many more dimensions and nuances. Michael Atherton defying Allan Donald or Garry Sobers (~70) in the company of Charlie Griffith (~40) defying Indian spin in a Chennai Test in 1966 are savored stories even today. Test cricket is a rainbow. If we focus only one color we miss the essence of its allure.

  • delastbastion on June 22, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Never mind the detractors..... I think see wher Otis Gibson is going with this.... this test match represents a watershed in WI cricket..... the poor results and bad beatings stop here... wipe the slate clean.. stop the rot.... I agree with this , this draw represents the new direction of wi cricket.. we will no longer be whipping boys for anybody... no matter who... if we cant win u will not win either... I've heard that an english PM once said that he'd rather lose a battle ship than to lose a test match... maybe it's time we put some value on our test matches and by extension our wickets.... well done guys keep fighting.

  • moneague on June 22, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Time to stop singing for the return of Ganga. Look at the mans average. That is not even enough to make his national team. If we are looking for a captain with consistency then let us look at the Jamaican captain Lambert with an average of 30 in first class cricket, who has led the winning team for the last three years sweeping competition in the Caribbean. Speaking of Gayle he has one of the best all time averages of any West Indian opener including Hunte, Walcott, Haynes etc. He is playing with a second eleven that is given to him by a selection panel that seems to be always out to lunch!! He also has most of his front line players injured!! Give us a break and face reality, Ganga will never again make WI team...he is just a club PLayer.

  • moneague on June 22, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    With SA posting 450 there can only be a draw or a loss for WI. Good decision from the skipper. Remember that after Brave there are no other batsmen on the team as we saw in the collapse afterward . Ridiculing of Gayle wont help he can only play the team he is given. He played with a lot of restrain in the opening slot to provide a solid lead. Not sure who is responsible for picking the final 11 but some changes have to be made for the last match. Dowlin is not ready, also so is Rampaul. Ramdin has got to go unless his godfather is still one of the selectors. Time to bring in Baugh , Bernard ( allrounder), Tonge (can do better than Rampaul), and give young Bravo a shot. Best of luck for the next game as this game will end in a tame draw.

  • CampBreeze on June 22, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    On that pitch with those bowlers there was no way the West Indies were going to be able to bowl out South Africa. What West Indies did on Day 4 was the smart play, to avoid the possibility of another loss, the only realistic outcome besides the draw. I applaud their effort on Day 3 and 4.

    And it is ironic with the usual criticism of the West Indies that they are rash, impatient, and do not use good judgment that they are also criticized when they show the opposite qualities.

    Now prove me wrong fellas and bowl out SA before Tea!

  • Dreadlocks on June 22, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I have a SOLUTION to these boring test matches. Here it is: Each side will be allowed to bat only 80 overs per innings, if a side is bowled out before their alloted 80 overs ( lets say in 60 overs) the remaining 20 overs is given to the fielding side so they will have 100 overs to bat in their second innings. By doing this you will ensure a result ( unless there is rain) and make it more interesting.

  • on June 22, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    good to see the performance of west indies as in last test they do not played well .happy to see the performance of chandarpaul as in this age they are also playing good cricket.i think only one best cricketer of W I i.e. chandarpaul

  • jupiterlaw on June 22, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    With a couple exceptions (Dowlin & Ramdin), that was a good overall batting performance by the Windies. Through all these dismal years, I have never doubted the talent on the Windies team; what was frustrating was the inconsistency with which that talent expressed itself. There has always been that nagging feeling that they were punching below their weight, which is why a lot of teams above in the rankings are fearful of them in a way that they are not fearful of NZ, ZM and BANG. Windies when fully fit, have the talent to take out the best teams.

  • pratadd on June 22, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    tests like these totally ruin the future of cricket. i'm a fan of test cricket, but then just looking at the defensive play is so "disturbing". when CA is looking towards implementing a split 50 over ODI, matches like these are the final nails in the coffin of "cricket"..t20 isn't cricket at all...just bad baseball with a fancy term. really hopw to see very few games such as these.

  • StaalBurgher on June 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    I am very sorry, but that pitch is just not good enough for a Test match. There needs to be something in it for the bowlers. Why even play the Test if a draw is inevitable unless a team collapses. If a team collapses the game can end on day 3 or 4 but on a decent pitch with 40/60 bowl/bat the game should end on day 5 after a decent contest between the teams. When will hosts be fined for unacceptably flat pitches?

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    The England tour there 18 months ago was the worst test cricket I have ever seen. Windies came out on top, and probably deserved to be winners - but that changes nothing. The games were dull dull dull.

    While some sides are helping to make test cricket a decent spectacle, the Windies playing at home are doing their darndest to kill it off with the most turgid and unresponsive matches and pitches.

    Yeuch

  • on June 22, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    west indies were never champions until players from the leewards and windwards were eventually selected we have forgotten that we have been losing since 1992 look at the current team one player from dominica look at his performance players from the smaller islands are tougher mentally play as a team and want to win selecters please be impartial and select our boys then we can start winning games darren sammy lionel baker devon smith why are they been ignored

  • on June 22, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    I think so it's a good tactics by windies to play slow at a runrate of 2 an over if windies tried hitting fast they would have lost quick wickets within end of first session itself and it is right decision by windies to use it's defensive tactics and a draw will be a moral boost for the fast improving windies side and congrats chanderpaul for his great knock helping windies score 546 and by the way India too used these kind of tactics before.Many can say chanderpaul should have made quick runs but the fact is if they had hit it fast windies would have been collapsed within 450 to 500.

  • crashbang on June 22, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Well i say good on the Windies for showing some guts and determination, after the last test it did not look good,so now they show a bit of heart give them credit, i say BRAVO

  • on June 22, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    But you see, while it may be a 'moral victory' for W.I ... lets be honest. Taking 39 runs off a session of 28 overs or so (so therefore, less than 2 an over) is not exactly something to be proud of. And modelling a teams performance 'improvement' based on standing at the crease and blocking is not a measurement of success. It's different if it's the last day and W.I are 9 wickets down with a session to go and they're playing to save the test match. That is heroic, and they would be proud. But no ... it's day 4, and it's your first innings.

    Honestly, a despicable performance by Windies ... and not helped by an under-aggressive SA. However, SA have no pressure on them either, they're one up in the series. Not a good advert for test cricket. Congratulations to the Windies for knowing how to block out a day's play. Bangladesh and Zim would be embarrassed to play cricket like that.

  • Sungupta on June 22, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Why is it that every time a test or one day match is not down to the wire that the pundits start holding up the doomsday card? There is no sport where every encounter is top class or heart stopping exciting. The greatest spectacle currently on in South Africa has already had some very forgettable matches. Cricket is no different. I think that we must all take every contest in the right spirit as true followers of the game. In this case, the fightback by the Windies is to be appreciated.

  • everfaithful77 on June 22, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    It was sad to see WI stonewalling like this on Monday. These tactics had CHRIS GAYLE's thinking written all over it. This is not the first time. He did it in the last series against England in the Caribbean and again in Australia last year, when instead of pressing to gain a good lead and sending the Aussies in late on the 4th day Gayle chose to be negative and the match ended in a tame draw. I can understand those who rather WI draw than lose, but are we in it to win it ? SA were on the back foot after WI brilliant batting on 3rd day hence their bowling tactics, their bowlers were tired so this was the right time for WI to press home the advantage without much risks. WI only got to 400 odd on the 3rd day by their positive batting so why chicken out and become negative early on the 4th before loosing any wickets. None of the commentators thought this tactic made any sense. It's disappointing that a fearless batsman like Gayle takes a cowardly approach in tactics as a captain.

  • Vindaliew on June 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    I disagree that the WI were "well-set at the end of the third day to press forward and possibly gain a lead of 100-150 to set up a sporting declaration". they had arguably their last pair of recognised batsmen at the crease (given Ramdin's poor form) and a deficit of around 100 runs. A couple of errors and the tail could easily have been relied upon to fold, giving the South Africans ample time to blast a quick 200 runs and put the West Indians under tremendous pressure. The game was no longer winnable after the mammoth total set by the South Africans, and the ease with which the runs were pillaged would create a huge dent in whatever confidence remains in the WI camp. The best strategy would have been to at least match the SA first inning score at all costs, and write off the test as one in which it's impossible to bowl on. It's tiresome watching, especially for the commentators, but risking a loss here would be a bad move, especially after the great work by Chanderpaul and Nash.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on June 22, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    I'd say a moral victory for Windies all right...considering what is happening with them these days..they wanted to eat as much time they can...so that they don't have to bat last...leave alone the placid pitch...they know they can get out like pack of cards...

  • on June 22, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    many posts here have hit the main point here and there. lets back off and analyse the situation and make suggestions and then it will be upto ICC to implement the suggestions and beyond. first and foremost a playing field has to be catered to be neutral in any sport. If thats right then why do we have MAJOR VARIATIONS on the playing field(in cricket its the PITCH), the job of an international body is to make sure the PLAYING FIELD IS EQUAL. they do not have to bend to shorter version of the game as long as the shoter version also has a EVEN PLAYING FIELD. Test cricket the olympic of cricket or the kentucky derby with its current status cannot afford any bias, with modern technology and materials available or be shipped around the world, why CANNOT THEY BE A AT LEAST LIMITED STANDARD REQUIREMENT OF A CRICKET PITCH TO PLAY INTERNATIONAL MATCHES. SECOND there has to be an implementation of a system that all teams playing in a TEST series be able to play 5 days @ the highest level.

  • on June 22, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    South Africans model their cricket after the English. Paul Harris did just what Ashley Giles did to Tendulkar at the behest of Nasser Hussain - bowl a negative, wide-of-leg-stump line from around the wicket. When in trouble go negative seems to be the tactics in Test cricket.

    Given that I still sympathize with the team tactics given the mettle of WI team currently. Had Bravo gone bang bang and WI collapsed a 100 runs short, critics wd have pounced upon them for not playing out to first secure safety. At this point this West Indian team is in a position of 'heads I lose, tails you win' relative to critics.

  • NikhilNair on June 22, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I agree with those who say that this hurts cricket.. especially test cricket and helps those who say test is useless now.. but if we think from the W.I team prespective.. it was a huge improvement for them to score 500+ and get a lead against S.A even though it was just by 3.. I hope to see such improving performances from them.. maybe a bit faster.. about 3.5 runrate would be good.. it must be tough for a W.I fan to see the slump in their performances compared to '90s and earlier.. and I wish them luck in standing up to the people's hopes in future :P

  • on June 22, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    "pitch good enough to last another five days" so are u trying to blame pitches for all the dismal performances of Windies in recent past??? They being Windies, another collapse might be just round the corner....If SA make >250 runs(not in Bravo pace!!)..i will say they can try to force a result...

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 22, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    its really sad to see that SA cannot completely whitewash the WI after their successful odi and t20 washes. an moral victory for WI. there is nothing great in commenting when nothing is happening dramatically.

  • on June 22, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Chanders was correct ....the pitch was not suitable for test cricket .

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 22, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    crap pitch=increased chances for a crap match (unless a Sehwag or a Dilshan score a quick hundred, leaving a ridiculous amt. of time left in a match). Still it is very heartening to see W.I. bat with discipline and did not cave under the weight of scoreboard pressure (even though they scored terribly slowly). These are still positive signs for them and I admire them for doing so with several of their key players out injured. Paul Harris did bowl negatively and it was bad yes BUT if u get a crap pitch like that, its pretty much an invitation to do such things.

  • mrchs on June 22, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Chanders is still the pillar of WI batting in Test matches. He should be regarded highly for his presence in the weak WI team for a decade.. Atlast, WI have scored more than SA. Congrats..

  • proteasfan99 on June 22, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    i am a proteas fan...but i appreciate the fight by the windies...at least the series was becoming extremely boring...though it was a flat wicket to come back like that takes a lot of guts...well done..

  • Professor_king44 on June 22, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    After the overnight score, both batsmen were told that the first session of day 4 was the most crucial period, and that they must survive it for West Indies not to lose the game. They did that! They survived! They did what they were instructed to do.If they had gone out bashing and lost their wickets, then you will hear how silly they were. Anyways, I hate the dead game playing, and the truth is, W.I is so accustomed to losing that the players prefer the safer option of a draw than the risk of forcing a win.

  • on June 21, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    ABOUT TIME!!!

    let me explain what was going to happen in this match...

    west indies 119 behind, try to put on the 150 lead...

    all out conceding an 80 run lead.

    SA bat torrentially... set 300 for victory on last day... flat pitch.. so its... a carrot dangling

    west indies all out for 87

    i can remember there being like 2 occasions where i thought " WHY DON"T THEY START BATTING FOR A DRAW!!" like they did today... they always wait too late to start saving the match!

    this time they were sensible..and started early!

    negative yes... but in the grand scheme of things.. it is better to kill a pinch of test cricket now, and to repay it later in the next match... which will have everything to play for... and a west indies team "RELATIVELY" confident/able.. to execute a victory...

  • thewayitwas on June 21, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    seems windies cant win... if they implode like normal people roar for more patience, they show that today and everyone is chastising them... they are not the kind of team with confidence or ability to beat SA, had they tried to push on against SA attack chances are theyd be bundled out 60odd behind.. u cant expect this team with its quality to gain 100run lead against a team as good as SA have to lower expectations.. instead investigate why such a pitch was curated... introduce harsh fines for any pitch-related high scoring draws and watch standards increase

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  • thewayitwas on June 21, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    seems windies cant win... if they implode like normal people roar for more patience, they show that today and everyone is chastising them... they are not the kind of team with confidence or ability to beat SA, had they tried to push on against SA attack chances are theyd be bundled out 60odd behind.. u cant expect this team with its quality to gain 100run lead against a team as good as SA have to lower expectations.. instead investigate why such a pitch was curated... introduce harsh fines for any pitch-related high scoring draws and watch standards increase

  • on June 21, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    ABOUT TIME!!!

    let me explain what was going to happen in this match...

    west indies 119 behind, try to put on the 150 lead...

    all out conceding an 80 run lead.

    SA bat torrentially... set 300 for victory on last day... flat pitch.. so its... a carrot dangling

    west indies all out for 87

    i can remember there being like 2 occasions where i thought " WHY DON"T THEY START BATTING FOR A DRAW!!" like they did today... they always wait too late to start saving the match!

    this time they were sensible..and started early!

    negative yes... but in the grand scheme of things.. it is better to kill a pinch of test cricket now, and to repay it later in the next match... which will have everything to play for... and a west indies team "RELATIVELY" confident/able.. to execute a victory...

  • Professor_king44 on June 22, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    After the overnight score, both batsmen were told that the first session of day 4 was the most crucial period, and that they must survive it for West Indies not to lose the game. They did that! They survived! They did what they were instructed to do.If they had gone out bashing and lost their wickets, then you will hear how silly they were. Anyways, I hate the dead game playing, and the truth is, W.I is so accustomed to losing that the players prefer the safer option of a draw than the risk of forcing a win.

  • proteasfan99 on June 22, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    i am a proteas fan...but i appreciate the fight by the windies...at least the series was becoming extremely boring...though it was a flat wicket to come back like that takes a lot of guts...well done..

  • mrchs on June 22, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Chanders is still the pillar of WI batting in Test matches. He should be regarded highly for his presence in the weak WI team for a decade.. Atlast, WI have scored more than SA. Congrats..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 22, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    crap pitch=increased chances for a crap match (unless a Sehwag or a Dilshan score a quick hundred, leaving a ridiculous amt. of time left in a match). Still it is very heartening to see W.I. bat with discipline and did not cave under the weight of scoreboard pressure (even though they scored terribly slowly). These are still positive signs for them and I admire them for doing so with several of their key players out injured. Paul Harris did bowl negatively and it was bad yes BUT if u get a crap pitch like that, its pretty much an invitation to do such things.

  • on June 22, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Chanders was correct ....the pitch was not suitable for test cricket .

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 22, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    its really sad to see that SA cannot completely whitewash the WI after their successful odi and t20 washes. an moral victory for WI. there is nothing great in commenting when nothing is happening dramatically.

  • on June 22, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    "pitch good enough to last another five days" so are u trying to blame pitches for all the dismal performances of Windies in recent past??? They being Windies, another collapse might be just round the corner....If SA make >250 runs(not in Bravo pace!!)..i will say they can try to force a result...

  • NikhilNair on June 22, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I agree with those who say that this hurts cricket.. especially test cricket and helps those who say test is useless now.. but if we think from the W.I team prespective.. it was a huge improvement for them to score 500+ and get a lead against S.A even though it was just by 3.. I hope to see such improving performances from them.. maybe a bit faster.. about 3.5 runrate would be good.. it must be tough for a W.I fan to see the slump in their performances compared to '90s and earlier.. and I wish them luck in standing up to the people's hopes in future :P