It was an incredible fightback from the West Indies with their backs to the wall, and opponent skipper Virat Kohli gave them some grudging praise for the effort. West Indies skipper Jason Holder also lauded the team for putting up their hands when it was needed the most.
Only rain was expected to stop a definite win for India, and the West Indies batsmen never figured in the equation. The ball had been set rolling the previous day after their top-four was back in the pavilion in 16 short overs. But India were in for a rude shock as the Windies' No. 5, 6, 7 and 8 stood their ground in a wonderful display of counter-attacking with Roston Chase hitting a century and staying on until the end.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised the effort saying, "Our bowlers tried their best, we created some chances, but they didn't go to hand. The first four days the wicket was very active. The hardness of the ball was a factor. On these pitches when the ball is not hard enough, play goes dead for 25-30 overs. Pretty pleased with the effort the boys put in. After tea as well. Everybody put in a last push.
"We don't want to walk away from the field wishing we had the fifth bowler. If five bowlers have given their best, and the opposition have done well, you just doff your hat to them," reported PTI.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder also praised the team after his supporting innings that saw the hosts see through the Test.
"Definitely there is improvement from the last Test. Fully enjoyed this. We asked the guys to show fight. We got a really good partnership between Blackwood and Roston. After that Dowrich came in and showed the character we asked for," Holder said.
It was about taking it ball by ball. It was just about showing character. Putting my hands up. Wickets were hard to come by. We had to show a lot of patience. Last Test we didn't do that and leaked boundaries. This Test - hot and humid - must have been really hard for all the bowlers.
"Just outstanding batting today. Just asked them to show fight. Show some character. The crowd support - albeit a small one - meant a lot. Just want the guys to keep stressing on patience. Work harder for what we want. Show a bit more fight every time," he said.
Roston Chase, in only his second Test, contributed with the ball taking a five-fer earlier, before he returned with a steady knock that resulted in a match-saving century. He also equaled Gary Sobers' similar record just one day shy of 50 years ago. The Man-of-the -match said, "It's great feeling that I could help draw a match for my team after having fallen behind by a long way. The captain asked the players to show some fight. We just went with the mindset that we were at war, and we can't die today. Last night myself and Dowrich had a conversation if one of us gets a hundred, we will be safe.
"My aim is to be equally good in both batting and bowling, but I prefer batting more."
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