West Indies head for safety as Sarwan stands tall
Ramnaresh Sarwan completed a memorable double-century to spur the West Indies towards a position of safety at lunch on the fourth day of the fourth Test against England at Kensington Oval.Updated: Mar 01, 2009, 23:25 IST
Ramnaresh Sarwan completed a memorable double-century on Sunday to spur the West Indies towards a position of safety at lunch on the fourth day of the fourth Test against England at Kensington Oval.
The home team, resuming on 398 for 5, went to the break on 483 for 5, within 117 runs of England’s formidable first innings total of 600 for 6 declared. The 28-year-old Sarwan, overnight 184 not out, carried on to an unbeaten 229 against a flagging England attack. The stylish right-hander struck 24 fours and two sixes off 369 balls in just short of 10 hours.
Sarwan shared an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 149 with wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, who hit an undefeated 56. Ramdin, overnight 25 not out, lashed six fours off 120 balls in three hours, five minutes.
The pair had an early scare when a mix-up in the running almost led to a run out but very little bothered either batsman after that. Sarwan brought up his second Test double ton, off 297 deliveries, with a flailing cut over the slips off James Anderson for his 21st four.
The TV referral system was again brought into play midway through the session when Ryan Sidebottom thought he had Sarwan leg before wicket on 208. But third umpire Daryl Harper correctly upheld on-field Aleem Dar’s original not out verdict.
Referral under scrutiny
On Saturday (third day), another absorbing day of Test cricket marked by Sarwan’s 14th Test hundred was overshadowed amid controversy over the referrals system. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash suffered questionable lbw decisions following referrals to video umpire Daryl Harper. Agencies