Final-ball drama in Mumbai as Tendulkar misses out again

West Indies captain Darren Sammy, right, celebrates with wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh after the draw in Mumbai.

Story highlights

  • Third Test in India ends in a draw with India missing final-ball chance to win
  • Man of the series Ravichandran Ashwin is run out seeking decisive score
  • West Indies bowled out for 134 on the final day to set target of 243
  • India's record run scorer Sachin Tendulkar again misses out on making history
The West Indies escaped with an unlikely last-ball draw in the third Test against India as Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a historic 100th international century continued on Saturday.
The home side finished the match level with only one wicket in hand after man of the series Ravichandran Ashwin was run out seeking to give second-ranked India a 3-0 series whitewash in Mumbai.
Ashwin scored 103 in India's first innings of 482 and then claimed four wickets for a match haul of 9-190 as the tourists were bowled out for just 134 on the final day.
Tendulkar fell agonizingly short of his first ton since March when he fell for 94 on Friday, and this time cricket's record run scorer could manage only three as India finished on 242-9.
Opener Virender Sehwag made a bright start with 60 off 65 balls and Virat Kohli contributed a steady 63 before being the seventh man out at 224.
Ashwin reached 14 but was left short of his ground by a throw from substitute fielder Denesh Ramdin after hesitating.
"At the end I thought I should take the safer option of defending out one ball and then attacking the last ball, but it didn't work out unfortunately," Ashwin said.
"I didn't think it was going to go this far down to the wire. We thought we could prise them out and chase the score down, but in the end it was a very good game and a tight game."
Ashwin's fellow spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed career-best figures of 6-47 as the West Indies crumbled, losing eight wickets for 43 runs before lunch.
"We didn't bat well today but at the end we gave ourselves a chance of winning. Well done to the lads, we came to India and fought hard," said captain Darren Sammy, whose team piled up 590 in the first innings.
"We lost the last two matches in an hour. One session each took the game away from us. But we are fighting, and I am sure the fans are happy with the improvement."