Fourth Test Match

India v West Indies

At Madras, January 21, 22, 24, 25, 26. West Indies won by 295 runs and with this third victory in succession made sure of winning the rubber. Once more they were by far the stronger team all round, with Butcher, Kanhai and Holt the leading batsmen.

Butcher, staying five hours thirty-five minutes and hitting ten 4's, made his second successive century in Test innings and Kanhai followed his 256 in Calcutta with a splendid 99. Holt scored 63 and 81 not out.

India, facing the formidable total of 500, never looked like saving the game. They might well have lost by an innings margin for the second Test running had Alexander enforced the follow-on. Instead, he elected to bat again, leaving India to score 447 in seven and a quarter hours to win.

Hall and Gilchrist soon broke through and their pace proved too much for the batsmen on the last day, when India resumed at 48 for three wickets. West Indies won with over two hours to spare.

Because of illness, Mankad could not take part in the final stages. He led India on his first appearance of the series as Umrigar, following a difference with the selectors over the composition of the side, resigned the leadership shortly before the match was due to start.

© John Wisden & Co