2nd Test, Gros Islet, Jun 10 - 14 2006, India tour of West Indies
(f/o) 215 & 294/7
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
180, 3/33 & 1/48
• The Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Lara helps Windies cling on to a draw

Brian Lara scored his second Test century against India, his fourth slowest innings ever for a score of 20 or more, to help salvage a draw for the West Indies

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Scorecard summary
India588/8(148.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Virender Sehwag180 (190)
Mohammad Kaif*148 (243)
Pedro Collins4/116(28)
Chris Gayle1/52(21)
West Indies215/10(85.1 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies294/7(119 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 1193 runs
WI: 294/7CRR: 2.47 
Denesh Ramdin19 (62)
Jerome Taylor0 (3)
Anil Kumble 42-10-98-3
Munaf Patel 21-7-50-2

A defiant Brian Lara batted almost throughout the day to steer West Indies to a thrilling draw. He started off cautiously and proceeded to erect, brick by brick, a wall between India and a win. India were on top, West Indies top-order was wobbling when the champion batsmen strode out at no 3, ahead of Sarwan, to face the challenge square-on. Taking the cue from Sehwag, the man-of-the-match, Lara stood outside the crease, and the famous high back-lift was raised throughout his innings but came down not for violence, as it usually does, but to caress the red cherry. This was his fourth-slowest Test innings, among all innings of 20 or more.

There was a time in the middle, when Sehwag, bowling round the wickets, got it to drift in, land on the rough outside the off stump and turn it away and Lara edged a few short of the waiting palms as he tried to stretch out in defense. The master decided to unfurl his famous whiplash square-drives and proceeded to impose himself on the proceedings. Sehwag went over to create an acute angle if Lara decides to drive square, Lara drove straight. The mini-crisis had blown over and Lara once again started to slow down.

Couple of times in this series he had been trapped in front, stretching his front foot too much across. Here, he arrested that forward movement, stayed beside the line of the ball to steer his side to safety.

An umpiring error sent him back to the pavilion, opening a crack in the wall that he had carefully erected and India did their best to widen that crack but the West Indian tail hung on for dear life, steering their side to safety as eventually India ran out of time.

This is Sriram Veera, along with Binoy George signing off. The third Test starts on June 22nd at St. Kitts. Join us then, till then .... ta!

Kumble to Ramdin, 2 runs

short and outside the off stump, Ramdin goes back and punches it past covers and so West Indies once again hold out for a thrilling draw!

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

ripped that one full, on the middle stump, leans forward and blocks it away .

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

fullish on the middle and leg stump line, pushed back down the track. That's it game saved!

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

googly pitched on the middle and leg, broke away, pushed to the short-leg

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

fullish on the middle and leg, turned to short leg

Kumble to Ramdin, (no ball)

slow leg break on the middle and off stump line, pushed to the silly point

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

fullish on the leg stump line, hit on the pads but going down

Last over of the day!

end of over 118Wicket maiden
WI: 291/7CRR: 2.46 
Jerome Taylor0 (3)
Denesh Ramdin17 (55)
Munaf Patel 21-7-50-2
Anil Kumble 41-10-95-3
Patel to Taylor, no run

oh! very good delivery and well kept out by Taylor., It was fullish, on the off and middle line, swung in late towards the middle stump, Taylor arrested his front foot movement, got his bat down quickly and played that out.

Patel to Taylor, no run

delivered from wide of the crease, fullish, on the middle stump, pushed out to silly mid-on.

Patel to Taylor, no run

short of length, on the middle and off stump line, Taylor went back and pushed it back down the track

Wonderful bit of bowling from Munaf, showing maturity beyond his age. Sticking to line and length, and at the stumps. Bradshaw was playing well, showing not much nerves. it was a vital wicket

Three wickets to go for India and four minutes left for West Indian tail to hold out!

Patel to Bradshaw, OUT

Munaf strikes for India! It pitched on a length, on the middle and leg stump line, straightened and it beat the forward prod of Bradshaw, who was caught bit at the crease, neither forward nor back, and hit him on the kneeroll and would have crashed into the middle and leg stump.!

Ian Bradshaw lbw b Patel 1 (38m 40b 0x4 0x6) SR: 2.5

back over the wicket

Patel to Bradshaw, no run

a good-length delivery, on the off stump line, coming in with the angle, Bradshaw shuffles across, offers the full face of the bat in defense.

Patel to Bradshaw, no run

again from round the wickets, full and on the off stump line, pushed to silly point

end of over 117Maiden
WI: 291/6CRR: 2.48 
Denesh Ramdin17 (55)
Ian Bradshaw1 (37)
Anil Kumble 41-10-95-3
Munaf Patel 20-6-50-1
Kumble to Ramdin, no run

slow looping delivery, from round the wickets, on the leg stump line, Ramdin came forward, it dipped, and he took it on full, pushed it back to Kumble

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

slightly shorter, outside the off stump, punched past covers but they dont take the run.

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

legbreak outside the off stump, pushes at it, it turns away, gets the outside edge runs to gully

Kumble to Ramdin, no run

slider on the middle stump line, Ramdin goes back, punches it back down the track

Kumble to Ramdin, no run
Kumble to Ramdin, no run

slider on the off stump line, pushed to cover

Another 10 minutes of play left in the day!

end of over 1161 run
WI: 291/6CRR: 2.50 
Ian Bradshaw1 (37)
Denesh Ramdin17 (49)
Munaf Patel 20-6-50-1
Anil Kumble 40-9-95-3
Patel to Bradshaw, no run

appeal for lbw! It was full, from round the wickets, hits him on the pads, as he is beaten on the forward prod but going down the leg side probably, replays suggest it would have hit the inside of the leg stump.! Oh that was close...

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Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
180 runs (190)
20 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
56 runs
5 fours
1 six
Mohammad Kaif portrait
148 runs (243)
12 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
48 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Anil Kumble, portrait photo
A Kumble INDIA
Match details
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag
Series result4-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1806
Hours of play (local time)first session 10:00, lunch 12:00, second session 12:40, tea 14:40, third session 15:00, stumps 17:00
Match days10,11,12,13,14 June 2006 - day (5-day match)
Pakistan Image
Asad Rauf
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe