At Port of Spain, January 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28. Drawn. Batsmen generally maintained a supremacy over bowlers on an easy-paced matting pitch and, apart from a period on the fifth day, there seldom seemed any prospect of a definite result. Despite the negative outcome, India found cause for satisfaction in the return to form of those who disappointed in England the previous summer. True, Mankad, one of the few successes of that tour, went cheaply after India won the toss, but Ramchand, promoted to number three, made many pleasing strokes during a second wicket stand of 94 with Apte. Subsequently, Umrigar drove with great power and reached 100 in four hours thirty-five minutes. Gaekwad helped in a sixth-wicket partnership of 118 which might have been less productive against better fielding.
West Indies, too, made an unpromising start before 22,000 spectators, the largest crowd ever to attend a cricket match in the Caribbean, but Weekes set them on the way to a substantial reply. Surviving a chance of stumping when 19 off Mankad, he mastered all the bowling, and though India fielded superbly they could not check his flow of strokes. Weekes completed a double hundred, and Pairaudeau, who took part in a fifth-wicket partnership of 219, drove fluently while reaching three figures in his first Test match. Although the conditions offered him little encouragement, Gupte, the India leg-spin bowler, gave the ball plenty of air and was quick enough not to be punished severely. He also disguised his googly cleverly and took seven of the nine wickets which fell to the bowlers.
Batting again 21 behind, India lost four men for 106 and for a time it looked as though West Indies might succeed. Umrigar and Phadkar dispelled any such possibility in a fifth-wicket stand of 131 during which Umrigar took sixteen off an over from Gomez. Eventually West Indies were set to get 274 in 170 minutes, a task which they obviously regarded as beyond their capabilities.