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!
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.
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ripped that one full, on the middle stump, leans forward and blocks it away .
fullish on the middle and leg stump line, pushed back down the track. That's it game saved!
googly pitched on the middle and leg, broke away, pushed to the short-leg
fullish on the middle and leg, turned to short leg
slow leg break on the middle and off stump line, pushed to the silly point
fullish on the leg stump line, hit on the pads but going down
Last over of the day!
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.
delivered from wide of the crease, fullish, on the middle stump, pushed out to silly mid-on.
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!
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.!
back over the wicket
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.
again from round the wickets, full and on the off stump line, pushed to silly point
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
slightly shorter, outside the off stump, punched past covers but they dont take the run.
legbreak outside the off stump, pushes at it, it turns away, gets the outside edge runs to gully
slider on the middle stump line, Ramdin goes back, punches it back down the track
slider on the off stump line, pushed to cover
Another 10 minutes of play left in the day!
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...
|Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||4-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test 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 days||10,11,12,13,14 June 2006 - day (5-day match)|