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KOLKATA---Half-centuries from Chris Gayle
and compatriot Marlon Samuels rounded
off a reassuring performance from West
1Indies, as they drew their tour match against
Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India, yesterday.
Both batsmen use the relaxed atmosphere
to explore the range of their stroke-play, scor-
ing 58 apiece, as the Windies, leading by 94
on first innings, reached 199 for five in their
second innings when the three-day contest
was brought to a close at the Jadavpur Uni-
The visitors had found out the hard way
how merciless the conditions that lie ahead
could be, when the bottom half of the UP
batting plundered easy runs, as the home
team finished on 372 for nine declared, replying
to West Indies first innings total of 466, with
Parvinder Singh completing his 10th first-
class hundred of 112.
Left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell was
the pick of the Windies bowlers, grabbing 3-
65 from 19.3 overs, left-arm spinner
Veerasammy Permaul supported with 3-124
from 33 overs and Tino Best collected 2-77.
Gayle, anxious to spend some quality time
at the crease after being dismissed cheaply
in the first innings, slammed 11 fours from
49 balls in just over an hour.
The opener put on 68 for the first wicket
before fellow left-hander Kieran Powell
became the first of 4-72 from 14 overs for
Piyush Chawla, the former India leg-spinner
and UP captain, and Gayle also surrendered
to a return catch to the second delivery from
the same bowler after the regional side
resumed from their tea-time total of 85 for
Similarly, Samuels too, had promised much
in the first innings before he was dismissed
and batted with typical nonchalance the sec-
ond time around, striking nine fours and one
six from 47 balls in just under an hour.
He put on 84 for the third wicket with
wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin, whose
41 from 53 balls in 45 minutes contained five
fours and one six and also gave him precious
time in the middle which he also lacked from
the first innings.
They were dismissed within six balls of
each other, when Samuels skied Arish Alam
to long-on and Ramdin was caught at deep
mid-wicket off Chawla, who also had Darren
Sammy caught at long-on for eight before
Permaul joined Narsingh Deonarine to bat
through until stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Parvinder reached his hundred from
129 balls, when he cut Cottrell through back-
ward point for the 15th of his 17 fours.
He spent a further 15 minutes at the crease
frustrating West Indies before he fended a
short-ball from the soldier to gully.
A couple spills spoiled the fun for the
Windies, as wicketkeeper/batsman Amir Khan
and Chawla made the Caribbean side toil
either side of lunch, which saw the home
team reach 329 for six.
Best made the breakthrough about 20 min-
utes after the interval, when he had Chawla
caught behind for 46 and Permaul squeezed
them further with the scalp of Khan for 47
to a slip catch inside the first five minutes of
the second hour after lunch.
Cottrell soon had tail-ender Imtiaz Ahmed
caught at mid-on for 19 to bring UP s resist-
ance to an end and give West Indies a second
chance to make merry with the bat.
A day of rest today will be followed by two
days of intense practice for the Windies before
they face India in the first Test, starting on
Wednesday at Eden Gardens on the other
side of the city. (CMC)
KOLKATA---Head coach Ottis Gibson felt
West Indies achieved most of their targets
during their three-day, tour match against
Uttar Pradesh which ended in a draw yes-
terday at the Jadavpur University Complex
Gibson said all of the main batsmen spent
quality time at the crease and all of the
main bowlers, except Kemar Roach and
Shane Shillingford, had a chance to extend
themselves and things looked to be falling
into place ahead of the first Test against
India, starting Wednesday at Eden Gardens
"At the start, we said we wanted to get
some quality practice," said Gibson. "We
did this---Shivnarine Chanderpaul got a
hundred, Narsingh Deonarine batted well
and all of the others, but time in the middle
was much more important for us. We have
not played a Test match for a long time, so
it was important for everybody to get a run-
out and this game was good for us.
"It also gave us an understanding of what
is going to happen next week and what we
need to do, particularly as a bowling attack.
We will need to bowl more patiently than
we were here, but everyone got a few overs
under their belt and this would put us in
a good position."
He added: "Speaking to the head
groundsman here, he said there has been
a lot of rain in Kolkata, so we expected this
would have been a slow pitch.
"He also felt the pitch at Eden Gardens
could well be similar and so for us to have
this opportunity of playing on this kind of
surface (at the Jadavpur University Complex),
it means we are a bit accustomed to what
we might get next week, so it s not too bad."
Gibson allayed fears about Roach and
Shillingford missing the match. He said they
will take their rightful places in the line-
up for the first Test.
"Shane was supposed to play, but he slept
badly on his neck the night before, and had
a bit of stiffness," he said. "Kemar is the
"Those two will add a little bit more
potency to our attack, but it was good to
see Sheldon Cottrell get a run out in this
match, Tino Best also bowled well and so
too Veerasammy Permaul, so everything is
looking on course for next week. We are
happy about where we are at the moment."
Gibson said West Indies he was satisfied
with the bowling options and stayed away
from discussing the possibility of two spin-
ners playing in the first Test.
"We will see," he said. "Shane has been
excellent for us and we will have to see who
else will play. We need to find a bowling
attack that we think can win us a Test match
or put India under pressure.
"The Indians have been in excellent form
with the bat during the current One-day
International series against Australia---but
in Test cricket, where they have to be a bit
more patient, we will have to have the right
bowling options that can control and contain
Gibson said West Indies were the clear
underdogs going into the two-Test series,
but they were confident and working hard
to prove that they have made advances.
(Courtesy WICB Web site)
Gayle, Samuels shine
as WI held to draw
left, and Anisa
was out lbw off
the bowling of
the second One
at the Queen's
Park Oval in Port-
Indies lost by
seven wickets to
trail the three-
match series 1-0.
Today the teams
will meet in the
third and final
ODI at the same
venue from 2 pm.
WEST INDIES 1st Inns 466
UTTAR PRADESH 1st Inns
(overnight 206 for five)
PSinghcSamuelsbCottrell . . . . . . . . . . . .112
AAlamcwkprRamdinbPermaul . . . . . . . .0
PGuptacwkprRamdinbSammy . . . . . . .39
AmirKhancSammybPermaul . . . . . . . . .47
PChawlacwkprRamdinbBest . . . . . . . .46
IAhmedcChanderpaulbCottrell . . . . . . . .19
TOTAL: (9 wkts, decl'd, 96.3 overs) . . .372
Did not bat: A Rajpoot
Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-71, 3-93, 4-96, 5-203,
6-260, 7-336, 8-366, 9-372
Bowling: Best 18-4-77-2 (nb3); Cottrell
19.3-3-65-3 (nb2, w1); Sammy 16-2-56-1;
Permaul 33-6-124-3; Deonarine 8-1-31-0;
WEST INDIES 2nd Inns
DRamdincRPSinghbChawla . . . . . . . . . .41
TOTAL:(5wkts,37overs). . . . . . . . . . . .199
Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-85, 3-169, 4-175, 5-
Bowling: RP Singh 5-1-25-0; Imtiaz Ahmed
2-0-23-0 (nb1); Alam 11-1-47-1; Chawla 14-
1-72-4 (nb1); Srivastava 5-0-32-0 (nb1)
Result: Match drawn
Umpires: U Gandhe, C Shamsuddin
Match referee: B Kalyanasundaram
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