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Tame draw

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DOMINICANS came out in their thousands and celebrated the climax of their country’s first taste of Test cricket in carnival-like fashion at Windsor Park yesterday as their newest “citizen” Shivnarine Chanderpaul compiled his 23rd Test century.
The biggest crowd of the series – around 8 500 – cheered, clapped, played musical instruments, sang and did the Mexican Wave in whole-hearted support of the West Indies who earned a commendable if not anticlimactic draw against India on the final day of the third Digicel cricket Test.
After conceding a first innings lead of 147 runs and starting the last day on 224 for six – only 81 runs on – that the West Indies managed to set India a challenging victory target of 180 in 47 overs, was due to a critical 65-run ninth-wicket stand in 37 overs between Chanderpaul (116 not out) and fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who made a career-best 30.
Edwards returned to grab the wicket of opener Abhinav Mukund for a first-ball “duck” and greeted Rahul Dravid (34 not out) with a brutish outswinging bouncer. (EZS)