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WI hold on to a draw

Australia had to settle for a draw, after Ramnaresh Sarwan hit his 11th Test hundred and with compatriot Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted West Indies to safety in the second Test in St John's.

cricket Updated: Jun 04, 2008 23:13 IST

Australia had to settle for a draw, after Ramnaresh Sarwan hit his 11th Test hundred and with compatriot Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted West Indies to safety in the second Test in St John's.

Sarwan top-scored with 128 and Chanderpaul gave admirable support with an unbeaten 77 to be the rocks upon which West Indies built their second innings total of 266 for 5 before the two sides decided it was pointless to continue about 30 minutes after the scheduled close with five overs remaining.

The result means Australia retain their hold on the Frank Worrell Trophy - symbol of Test supremacy against West Indies - and have not lost a Test series in the Caribbean since 1991.

They lead the three-Test series 1-0, after they completed a 95-run victory in opening Test at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The third and final Test between the two sides starts on June 12 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The Australians had set West Indies 372 for victory, after deciding to declare their second innings at their overnight total of 244 for six.

When they reduced West Indies to 84 for three, the odds of a victory were highly in their favour, when Chanderpaul emerged from the pavilion about half-an-hour before lunch. But Australia, gaining little or no assistance from the hard, docile pitch, endured a frustrating afternoon, as they could find no way through either Sarwan or Chanderpaul, and the pair spent four hours together to add a match-saving 143 for the fourth wicket.

Australia 1st Innings 479/7 decl.

West Indies 1st Innings 352

Australia 2nd Innings 244/6 decl .

West Indies 2nd Innings: Smith c Hussey b Lee 0, Marshall c Haddin b Clark 5, Sarwan c Hussey b Johnson 128, Morton lbw b Lee 14, Chanderpaul not out 77, Bravo c (sub) Hodge b Lee 1, Ramdin not out 21; Extras: (lb-8, nb-12) 20

Total: (for 5 wkts) 266

FoW: 1-4, 2-19, 3-84, 4-227, 5-236

Bowling: Lee 21-5-51-3; Clark 18-8-22-1; Clarke 6-3-16-0; Johnson 20-3-70-1; MacGill 19-2-75-0; Hussey 6-2-14-0; Symonds 3-0-10-0.