Fifth Test Match

INDIA v. WEST INDIES

India, under the leadership of the 39-years-old Adhikari, gave their best performance of the series, yet only lack of time prevented West Indies from gaining their fourth victory. Fine batting by Borde was the outstanding feature of the match, and he failed by only four runs to equal the feat of V. Hazare, the only previous batsman to score centuries in each innings of a Test match for India. After a fine stand of 137 by Contractor and Umrigar, Borde stayed for four hours, hitting sixteen 4's and sharing a partnership of 134 with Adhikari. When West Indies batted, Umrigar and Manjrekar were absent from the field because of injuries, and Borde, too, was unable to bowl on the third day. Holt was overshadowed in a bright opening stand with Hunte, but went on to his first century of the series, paving the way for invigorating displays by the later batsmen. Holt took four and a quarter hours for his century, but Smith and Solomon reached three figures in less than three hours. West Indies declared with a lead of 229, but their drive for victory was interrupted by injuries which at various times prevented Hall, Sobers and Atkinson from bowling. Gaekwad and Roy shared a useful stand of 93 and then Borde and Adhikari steered India clear of defeat with their second century partnership of the match. Borde stayed three and a half hours before hitting his wicket in the last possible over. So West Indies, wanting only 47 to win, were denied the chance of hitting off the runs.

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