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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 21:59 GMT 22:59 UK
West Indies hold on to deny India
First Test, St John's, day five : India 241 & 521-6 dec drew with West Indies 371 & 298-9

Fidel Edwards
Edwards held off the Indian challenge to secure the draw

West Indies hung on in a dramatic final session to deny India victory in the first Test in Antigua.

Anil Kumble bowled Dave Mohammed for 52 with three overs remaining to leave his side needing one wicket for the win.

But Corey Collymore and Fidel Edwards kept Kumble and Sri Sreesanth at bay to secure the draw as West Indies ended the game on 298-9.

Edwards survived 36 balls for a single despite having to bat with a runner because of a hamstring strain.

India had set West Indies a target of 392 for victory after declaring their second innings on 521-6 on the fourth day.

But any thoughts of mounting a run chase were snuffed out by the loss of three wickets in quick succession before lunch.

Daren Ganga was brilliantly caught by Yuvraj Singh for 36 at short leg as leg-spinner Kumble made the initial breakthrough.

Sreesanth then tempted Ramnaresh Sarwan into an injudicious flash at a wide delivery, resulting in a catch for Kumble at gully, and had West Indies skipper Brian Lara lbw for a duck with the final ball before the interval.

The afternoon session, however, went the way of the home side as Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 99 for the fourth wicket.

They were finally separated when Kumble won an lbw decision against Gayle, who hit three sixes and nine fours but also concentrated on watchful defence to last 188 balls for his 69.

India skipper Rahul Dravid
The wicket didn't deteriorate as badly as you would expect a fifth day wicket to

India skipper Rahul Dravid

Kumble struck again when Chanderpaul was caught by Indian captain Rahul Dravid for 62 and West Indies slumped from 202-4 to 226-7 as Dwayne Bravo (28) and Denesh Ramdin (eight) both fell to Virender Sehwag's off-spin.

Ian Bradshaw (10) helped Mohammed add 49 for the eighth wicket before he was controversially given out caught behind off Munaf Patel.

TV replays suggested the noise heard by the umpire was Bradshaw clipping his pad with the bat, prompting supporters to throw objects onto the outfield.

Mohammed continued to take the attack to the bowlers, hitting 10 fours to reach a maiden Test half century, and it looked as though he would steer West Indies to safety when he played across the line to Kumble (4-107) and was bowled for 52.

His dismissal brought last man Collymore to the middle but he and Edwards kept their nerves together and their bats straight, with the help of regular words of encouragement from Ganga, who was acting as Edwards' runner.

India entrusted the final over to Sreesanth, but after shaking up Collymore with a second ball bouncer, he was unable to find a way through his defence as India were denied.

The series now moves on to St Lucia, where the second Test begins on Saturday, and West Indies have called up Pedro Collins to replace Edwards.



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