Williams guides W Indies to draw

West Indies 296 & 299-6 India 436 Match drawn
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Stuart Williams led the West Indies to safety and completed his maiden Test hundred as the second Test against India ended in a draw yesterday. Trailing by 140, the West Indies had virtually reached certain comfort at 118 for 1 overnight and advanced to 299 for 6 before light rain mercifully ended a pointless exercise 45 minutes after tea.

Williams, 63 when play began, arrived at his landmark with an edged leg glance off the fast bowler Abey Kuruvilla two balls before lunch. He had taken five hours 55 minutes of diligent application getting there and, with the outcome of the match all but settled, lost patience and skied a catch to long-on off the left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi. He had been in for seven and a half hours without making an error. He added 176 for the second wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made 79.

Chanderpaul's departure made way for Brian Lara, but he took over 57 balls to scratch 19 and then was caught at slip off Anil Kumble.

Final day; West Indies won toss

WEST INDIES - First Innings 296 (R I Holder 91; A Kumble 5-104).

INDIA - First Innings 436 (N S Sidhu 201, R S Dravid 57, S R Tendulkar 88; C E L Ambrose 5-87).

WEST INDIES - Second Innings

(Overnight: 118 for 1)

S C Williams c Kumble b Joshi 128

S Chanderpaul c Azharuddin b Joshi 79

C L Hooper c Laxman b Kumble 19

R I Holder c Laxman b Joshi 9

J Murray not out 12

C E L Ambrose not out 10

Extras (b8 lb13 nb 3) 24

Total (for 6) 299

Fall: 2-201, 3-244, 4-252, 5-271, 6-273.

Bowling: Prasad 20-7-38-0 (nb1); Kuruvilla 23-6-47-1 (nb1); Kumble 40- 9-109-2 (nb1); Joshi 36-11-57-3; Ganguly 3-0-6-0; Laxman 9-3-21-0.

Umpires: L R Barker (WI) and S Randell (Aus).

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