Mumbai Test between India and West Indies ends with scores level

It was not the first time when a Test match ended in a draw with the scores being levelled. In 1996, the first Test match between Zimbabwe and England at Bulawayo was the first game which ended in a draw with scores level. The third Test between India and West Indies at Mumbai in 2011 was the also the fourth match in the history of Test cricket, when a match ended with scores level and India was part of two matches out of those four.

India had already won the series by 2-0 and they were eyeing for a clean sweep in third and the last game of the series at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Batting first, West Indies started off very positively and looked very confident with five half-centuries and a century knock by Darren Bravo. Whereas, India had a quite decent start with four half-centuries at the top and middle order and then a match saving cameo by Ravichandran Ashwin, as he scored 103 off just 118 balls. West Indies got the lead of 108 runs but their batting collapsed in the second innings against India’s spin web. All the wickets were chipped by spinners in the second innings. Pragyan Ojha took six and Ashwin scalped four wickets as they bundled West Indies for 134.

The target of 243 for India was not a big one but batting was never easy on the last day of the match. Thanks to opener Virender Sehwag, who gave the initial boost by making a quick 60 from just 65 balls. But wickets kept falling on regular intervals and then Virat Kohli played an important knock of 63 runs but couldn’t finish the match. He got out for a score of 224, followed by Ishant Sharma’s wicket at 239 in the second last over of the match.

India needed three from the last over and debutant Varun Aaron was at the crease. Before the first delivery by Fidel Edwards, Ashwin gave few suggestions to Aaron but nothing happened as there was neither any run nor wicket. The next two balls also went in the same style. India were under pressure as they needed three from three and this time Aaron find himself lucky to get a single. Edwards and the West Indies team made a huge appeal on the fifth ball for LBW to Ashwin but it was over ruled. Now, India needed two from the last delivery with Ashwin at the crease. It was a length ball by Edwards and Ashwin pushes his weight back and smashes down to long-on. It looked as if he has made his mind up that there is no second run. Slow to start, slow to turn around. He goes for the second only when Aaron pushes him. Run out by a mile. Did Ashwin miss a trick in the final moment? This doesn’t by any mean take away credit from what all Ashwin did in the lead-up.