India won the first test match convincingly and looked in a great position to win the second test match but bad weather on the fourth day and a spirited performance from the West Indian batsmen helped them secure a draw and keep the series alive.
India had to get only six wickets on the final day and with bright sunshine forecasted were expected to run through the West Indian line-up and notch up their second win of the tour. However Roston Chase had a fantastic game taking five wickets in India’s first innings and then went on to score his first century and remained unbeaten on 137. He received good support from J Blackwood who scored 63 out of just 54 balls and captain J Holder who remained unbeaten on 64.
In a statement, Virat Kohli, the Indian captain said “Testing day. That’s what Test cricket is all about. Pity we lost most of yesterday. That’s no excuse, credit to the way West Indies played today. When you lose a Test and behind in the second, it takes something special to save the match. Our bowlers tried our best, we created some chances, but they didn’t go to hand. The first four days the wicket was very active.”
Captain Kohli and coach Anil Kumble will be disappointed with the result and will most likely have a word with the bowlers who seemed to lack intensity on the final day. Ishant Sharma, the most experienced of all the bowlers was disappointing with his line and length. He started the 5th day, bowling wide outside the off-stump and never tested the batsman. Kohli was also cross with R Ashwin for not going for a catch off his own bowling as the ball was hammered back to him.
India will have to make a couple of interesting selection decisions before the start of the third test. If M Vijay is fit, then India will have to drop either S Dhawan or C Pujara as K Rahul has to be included after an impressive 158. Given the performance of A Mishra in the second test, Kohli might be tempted to bring in R Jadeja.
Chase ended up receiving the man of the match award for his performance with both bat and ball. The West Indies will take a lot from this draw and look to square the series in the third test which begins on the 9th of August in St. Lucia.