Honours even in Adelaide

Clarke digs in to deny Windies on day five

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 08/12/09 8:56am

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Bravo celebrates the wicket of North in Adelaide

Bravo celebrates the wicket of North in Adelaide

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Second Test Match
Adelaide
West Indies 451 (D J Bravo 104, B P Nash 92, S Chanderpaul 62) & 317 (C H Gayle 165 no, M G Johnson 5-103) v Australia 439 (S R Watson 96, S M Katich 80, M J Clarke 71, B J Haddin 55 no, S J Benn 5-155) & 212-5 (M J Clarke 61 no)
Australia drew with West Indies

The second Test between Australia and West Indies has finished as a draw after neither side could force a result on the final day in Adelaide.

Requiring 330 for victory, both sets of players shook hands with Australia on 212-5 deep into the final session.

Windies captain Chris Gayle had earlier carried his bat all the way through his side's second innings on 165, and all results were still possible when Australia polished off the tail in the opening half an hour of the final day.

Mitchell Johnson finished with 5-103, meaning the Aussies had just over two-and-a-half sessions to chase down the winning target.

That feat never looked likely however, and vice-captain Michael Clarke (61 not out) was forced to dig in to ensure a share of the spoils.

Record

Shane Watson's reserved 48 off 130 balls was a clear indication of Australia's approach towards pulling off what would have been a record chase at the Adelaide Oval.

The usually explosive opener was content to wait for the bad balls rather than force the issue himself.

Indeed, the Queenslander was forced to consolidate after watching opening partner Simon Katich and captain Ricky Ponting dismissed either side of lunch.

The inspirational Dwayne Bravo accounted for Katich, forcing the left-hander into an uppish drive which a diving Adrian Barath caught superbly in the covers.

And when Ponting, who had earlier surpassed Allan Border as the most prolific run scorer at the Adelaide Oval, chopped onto his stumps off Ravi Rampaul for 20, the Windies sensed a shock victory.

Watson and Mike Hussey held firm with a pain-staking 46-run partnership in just over 18 overs, however more heroics from Bravo put the Aussies firmly on the back foot.

A superbly piece of athleticism from Bravo at midwicket saw Watson sent on his way two runs runs short of his fifth Test 50 - Darren Sammy claiming his first wicket of the innings.

Disciplined

Hussey (29) then edged Bravo through to Denesh Ramdin behind the wicket to leave Australia perilously poised on 133-4.

With Gayle now firmly on the offensive Windes struck again, Marcus North steering Bravo through to Ramnaresh Sarwan at slip to cue more wild celebrations from the tourists.

However, an exhibition in disciplined batsmanship from Clarke and Haddin (21no) saw Australia expertly negotiate the majority of the final session.

Earlier in the day, Gayle was only able to add 10 runs to his overnight total as the tourists were bowled out for 317 in quickfire time.

Gayle finished with an unbeaten 165 off 285 balls, striking 16 boundaries during his seven-hour stint at the crease. He also became the first West Indies captain and only the fourth West Indian player to carry his bat through a Test innings.

Attention now turns to the third and final Test at Perth which gets underway on December 16 with the Windies trailing 1-0.

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