Reluctant India wraps series 1-0

Dominica. After Kirk Edwards’ ton, Veteran batsman Shivnarain Chandrapaul smashed another second inning century to deny India a 2-0 series victory. The visitors still managed to win the series by virtue of their 63-run triumph inside four days in Jamaica.

After Chandrapaul and the West Indian tail frustrated India for more than half of the day, the Indian batsman were set to chase 180 in the fourth inning, India finished on 94 for three, deciding to bring the match to a close with the statutory final 15 overs remaining on the last day of the third test of the series.

Chandrapaul and company ensured that India don’t run away with a 2-0 series victory but couldn’t prevent them from to record their second straight series win in the Caribbean and become the first team to beat the hosts both in the Test and one-day series here.

Chanderpaul reached his century by flicking Ishant Sharma for two and his milestone arrived in 356 minutes off 255 balls, inclusive of five fours.

The Guyanese batsman frustrated the Indians with his 38-run ninth wicket stand with Fidel Edwards (16 batting) as the pair batted for nearly two hours and 22 overs together.

Chasing a victory target of 180 in 49 overs, Edwards trapped Abhinav Mukund leg before wicket off the very first ball after the hosts were dismissed for 322 in their second innings.

India went into tea at 19/1, still requiring another 161 runs in the last session to wrap up the series 2-0.

Murali Vijay and Rahul Dravid kept the Windies bowlers at bay by adding 73 runs for the second wicket before Vijay fell to Ravi Rampaul for 45.

When Rampaul caught Suresh Raina off his own bowling at 8, Indians chances of forcing a result faded.

Chanderpaul was declared as the man of the match while Ishant Sharma received the man of the series award for his 22 wickets.

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