Ishant Sharma shines as India draw with West Indies

Second Test, Bridgetown:
India 201 & 269-6 drew with West Indies 190 & 202-7
Match scorecard
Ishant Sharme and Suresh Raina
Sharma (left) added four wickets to the six he took in the first innings

India and West Indies were denied the chance of victory in the second Test in Barbados as rain and bad light resulted in the game ending in a draw.

India skipper Mahendra Dhoni made a sporting declaraction on 269-6, leaving the home side a target of 281.

The tourists were soon among the wickets, but were held up by Darren Bravo, who made a defiant 73.

Ishant Sharma took 4-53 to finish with match figures of 10-108 but the game was called off with West Indies 202-7.

The draw means that India will take a 1-0 lead into the final Test, which starts in Dominica on Wednesday.

Dhoni afterwards bemoaned a rain shower which arrived with the home side on 181-5.

"My plan was ruined by the rain because when we came back, the ball got wet and it started coming nicely onto the bat.

"Still, we got a couple of wickets that were needed, but bad light really spoiled our party," he said.

Explainging his declaration, which could have backfired if West Indies had reached the target, he added: "It was all about asking the batsmen to play some big shots because I felt shot-making was not easy on this wicket.

Darren Bravo batting in Barbados
Darren Bravo hits a boundary during his imressive innings for West Indies

"I thought if it was slightly within their reach, they would start going after the bowlers and that may give us an opportunity to grab some wickets."

India added 40 runs to their overnight total in the morning sunshine for the loss of Virat Kohli (27) and VVS Laxman (87) were both caught behind, and Dhoni, who made just five before spooning an easy catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul off paceman Fidel Edwards, who took 5-76.

The wickets continued to tumble at the start of the West Indies innings, with Lendl Simmons departing for 14 and Ramnaresh Sarwan caught in the slips for eight.

When Adrian Barath (27) departed before lunch, giving a catch at third slip off Sharma, it seemed India were on course for victory.

But a resolute innings by Chanderpaul, who made only 12 but faced 87 balls, checked their progress.

In the afternoon Bravo and Carlton Baugh upped the run rate and the faint glimmer of an improbable win enlivened the home supporters.

But a prolonged shower halted proceedings and although Bravo and Darren Sammy were removed after play resumed, the umpires decided the light was not good enough for the game continue, leaving Baugh on 46 not out.

India's players were later fined 30% of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate, with captain Dhoni fined 60% of his, after the visitors were found to be three overs short of their required target.

The tourists accepted the penalties without contest.

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