Windies-Oz Test: bad weather ends intruiging match in a draw

2012-04-20 00:00

BAD weather denied the West Indies and the Australians what was shaping up to be an epic final day, in the second Test at Port of Spain yesterday.

Having been set 215 to win in 61 overs, the Windies were left high and dry on 53/2, with skipper Darren Sammy having promoted himself up the order and blazing away at the Aussie pacemen.

Earlier, Michael Clarke had declared his side’s second innings on 160/8, with Kemar Roach snaring five for 41, to end the match with 10 victims.

Ricky Ponting top-scored with 41, before Clarke boldly set the home side a target. Ben Hilfenhaus struck twice with the new ball, trapping Kieran Powell leg-before having Adrian Barath caugh in the slips.

At that stage, the Windies were reeling on 13/2, but Sammy pushed himself up the order and smacked 14 runs off a Hilfenhaus over to change the tempo.

When bad light and then rain stopped play, the match was finely balanced. But ultimately, the inclement weather resulted in a draw.

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