West Indies victorious in final test match

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

thumbnail_ramnaresh_sarwan.jpgWest Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked a fluent 102 and his Guyanse couterpart Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 86 to pilot the West Indies to a series-levelling six wicket victory over Sri-Lanka in the second and final test from the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Sri-Lanka had won the first test played in Providence, Guyana by 121 runs. Both players added a record fourth wicket partnership of 157 as they came together with the score on 73 for 3. The target set for the West Indies to win with two day's remaining was 253. However captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon fell in successive overs with the score on 24 for 2.

Marlon Samuels then joined Sarwan and they added 49 before Samuels, on 11, drove a slower delivery from Vass into the hands of cover fielder Malinda Warnapura. The rest was history as both Sarwan and Chanderpaul took over from there and guided the Calyso-Reggae team to victory.

Chaminda Vaas 2 for 52, Thilan Thushara 1 for 49 and Muttiah Muralitharan 1 for 93 were the successful wicket takers for Sri-Lanka. Most of the cricket loving fans in the region were very happy that the regional team had won the game with a day to spare. Captain Chris Gayle and his team-mates will now turn their attention to the three one-dayer's and one 20/20 that starts on Thursday in Port Of Spain, Trinidad.