Rain ends West Indies victory chase,2nd Test drawn

Windies were 53-2 in pursuit of a teasing target of 215 in 61 overs against Australia.

Written by Agencies | Port-of-spain | Published:April 20, 2012 9:14 am

Persistent rain spoiled a West Indies run chase at 53-2 in pursuit of a teasing target of 215 in 61 overs against Australia as the second test ended in a damp draw on Thursday.

Showers arrived 40 minutes before tea and there was no more play possible on the fifth and final day at Queen’s Park Oval.

Australia,which had a 1-0 series lead after victory in the first test,retained the Frank Worrell Trophy as it takes an unassailable lead to the third and final match in Dominica.

Captain Darren Sammy’s unbeaten 30 off 26 balls ignited West Indies’ charge after his counterpart Michael Clarke declared Australia’s second innings on 160-8 midway through the second session.

“I think it was going to be a good final day if the rain stayed away. But it’s disappointing for both teams and the fans,” Clarke said.

“Obviously both teams are very keen to win,as you’ve seen today,” he added. “Unfortunately,no team got a result,which is sad for the game. But both captains can’t control the weather unfortunately.”

Sammy said he and his team were confident about the testing run chase.

“We were going after the runs. I think we went after it positively. We lost two quick wickets but we had Shiv (Chanderpaul) and Narsingh (Deonarine),if we needed to bat for a draw in the end.

“We looked at it as a one-day scenario with me going in at No. 3. Once I stayed there at the wicket,the runs would come quickly. I tried to put an injection to the start of the innings and hopefully we could have carried on the momentum. But the rain came.”

Fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus (2-22) landed two early blows for Australia with the wickets of both openers.

Left-hander Kieran Powell,promoted as the hosts showed aggressive intentions,was plumb leg before to an inswinger while Adrian Barath sparred at one that left him and edged to Clarke at first slip at 13-2.

Sammy lashed four fours and a six to quickly shift the momentum back to the Caribbean side.

But steady showers,which had also badly affected day four,returned to have the final say.

Darren Bravo was unbeaten on 8 at the end.

Earlier,Australia stretched its overnight 73-3 to 160-8 before the confident declaration by Clarke.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach completed his second five-wicket haul of the test,claiming 5-41 to complete match figures of 10-146.

Roach,who took three wickets on day four,added Michael Hussey (24) and Hilfenhaus (0).

The start of the final day was delayed for 45 minutes due to a wet outfield caused by Wednesday’s deluge,which caused an abbreviated day four.

But the home team started strongly on resumption,with pacer Fidel Edwards finally gaining reward for a probing spell.

Former captain Ricky Ponting struck three fours off 85 balls in compiling 41 before he pulled an Edwards short ball straight to deep backward square leg at 93-4.

Clarke followed two runs later,Sammy plucking a magnificent return catch in his right hand to derail the Aussies. Clarke scored 15 off 51 balls.

But Hussey and Matthew Wade gradually calmed Australia’s nerves with a busy stand that took their team to lunch on 123-5.

The pair was aggressive after the break,showing Australia’s keenness to push for a series-sealing victory.

The stand reached 50 before Roach bowled Hussey off the inside edge and plucked out Hilfenhaus’ off stump three balls later.

When Nathan Lyon top-edged a sweep of Shane Shillingford to be caught by Sammy,the declaration arrived.

Hilfenhaus gave Australia a dream start but Sammy tilted the balance before the rain arrived to spoil what may have been an absorbing finish.

The third and final test begins in Dominica on Monday.

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