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  Monday, 3 June, 2002, 08:27 GMT 09:27 UK
Pluses on both sides
Tendulkar square cuts for four
Tendulkar ended a mixed tour on a high note
Colin Croft writes for BBC Sport Online

India won the one-day series and West Indies won the Test series. Perhaps that is as it should be between what were two evenly matched teams.

But India will go home knowing that if they had been as aggressive and bold in the Tests as they were in the one-day game, they could have won both.

Sachin Tendulkar, who was terribly disappointing in the Test series after starting off with a century in Guyana, steadied India's middle order with 65 from only 70 deliveries.

It earned him the Man of the Match award, but he will be very disappointed overall, since he was expected to front India's efforts in the Test series.

Set 248 from 44 overs to win the game after rain, via the Duckworth/Lewis calculations, West Indies never recovered from being 12 for two in the fourth over.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with 51 from only 40 deliveries, and wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs, who made a quick-fire 36, made a big effort, but it was to no avail and they lost by 56 runs.

Ganguly was disappointed not to win the Test series
Ganguly: Man of the Series in the one-dayers

Perhaps Indian captain Sourav Ganguly put it best in summing up their tour: "This one-day series win is a very important one for us, as we have many young players in our team.

"However, it is a pity that our team did not play as well in the Test series. We are really disappointed that we lost that Test series, after leading 1-0 after the 2nd Test.

"We batted really poorly in Barbados and lost that game, and maybe we were not fully ready for the Jamaica Test."

Pace policy

Overall, the better team won the Test series, and it was particularly heartening to see that West Indies have realized that they must do the things they do best to win.

Instead of trying to balance the bowling attack with a spinner, something they did in Guyana, they selected four fast bowlers for the remainder of the Test series, and this was the real difference.

Merv Dillon was excellent with his 23 wickets and now has 99 in Tests overall. He showed that if one is really prepared to put in the hard work, then one can get the correct results.

Merv Dillon was a contant threat to India's batsmen
Dillon has grown in stature for West Indies

He is by far the most experienced of the West Indies fast bowlers, with 23 Tests behind him, and his confidence will have soared now that he is acknowledged as the leader of the bowling attack.

Adam Sanford was a pleasing addition to the side, even if he is not a real fast bowler, while Cameron Cuffy and Pedro Collins were adequate in support.

Heavy scoring

The surprises and disappointments for both teams came from the batsmen. Many expected that Brian Lara and Tendulkar would be the leading run scorers.

As things turned out, Carl Hooper and Shiv Chanderpaul, each with over 500 runs for the Test series, and VVS Laxman, who just missed the 500 mark for India, would be the real heroes.

As the saying goes, "each batted out of his skin."

Hooper has matured quickly as West Indies captain but it always seems as if Ganguly is fighting a battle against himself and he never gives the impression of being comfortable with his players.

In the final analysis, the West Indies won the Test series because they were able to come from behind, showing great resilience and character, while the Indians lost their initial advantage by being very tentative.

They can take comfort, however, from the fact that in the one-day game, their talented batting line-up is looking good for next year's World Cup.

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