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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

West Indies vs England 4th Test Ended up in a Draw

(This entry was originally published on Monday, March 2nd, 2009)

Fourth test between West Indies and England ended up in a mere draw. On the fifth day, Alastair Cook hit his 8th career century and led England’s second innings total towards 279, losing only 2 wickets. Cook’s unbeaten 139-run innings was adorned with 15 boundaries, while Kevin Pietersen, who shared a 150-run partnership with Cook for the third wicket, remained not out on 72. Benn and Gayle picked up a wicket each.

England declared their first innings after putting on 600 runs on the board, losing 6 wickets. Captain Andrew Strauss hit another excellent hundred and scored 142 runs, while Ravi Bopara hit his first test century, playing an impressive innings of 104 runs. Fidel Edwards took 3 wickets for West Indies.

West Indies also retaliated strongly putting on 749 runs on the board losing 9 wickets before declaring their first innings. Ramnaresh Sarwan’s glorious innings of 291 runs and Denesh Ramdin’s 166 were the instrumental behind home side’s big total. Graeme Swann picked up 5 wickets for the visiting side. Sarwan was awarded the man of the match award.

West Indies still leads the series 1-0. So, England must win the fifth and the final test of the series if they want to avoid a series loss in West Indies. The fifth test starts from 6 March 2009.

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