A brilliant century by Ramnaresh Sarwan and a typically obdurate unbeaten innings by Shivnarine Chanderpaul denied Australia victory in the second Test here in Antigua yesterday.
Sarwan, the West Indies captain, hit 128 from 241 balls and shared a 143-run partnership with Chanderpaul who finished unbeaten on 77. The pair batted through the afternoon session and deflated the Australians after they took three early wickets having declared overnight leaving the hosts a nominal target of 372 to win or three sessions to bat to earn a draw.
Brett Lee got the early breakthrough with just four runs on the board as Devon Smith chopped a rising ball to Mike Hussey at gulley. Fellow opener Xavier Marshall was ruled caught behind off Stuart Clark shortly after and the hosts were 19 for 2. Sarwan and Runako Morton steadied things before Lee returned and trapped Morton lbw right in front.
Chanderpaul faced 180 balls while Sarwan reached three figures for the 11th time in Tests. The West Indies suffered a late wobble when Mitchell Johnson removed Sarwan with the new ball and Lee dismissed Dwayne Bravo.