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West Indies draw with Victoria

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November 13, 2005 19:22 IST

West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored a defiant half-century to help the tourists draw their three-day match against Victoria in Melbourne on Sunday.

Chanderpaul top-scored with a patient 59 from 177 balls after all rounder Marlon Samuels struck a brisk 50 the previous day to help West Indies make 302 in reply to Victoria's first innings of 571.

With less than a session left in the match and no real hope of a result, both teams agreed to settle for a draw and play an impromptu Twenty20 match to entertain the crowd.

All rounder Dwayne Smith boosted his chances of a call-up for the second Test against Australia, starting in Hobart on Thursday.

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Smith captured three wickets and scored 40 with the bat in the three-day match, then blasted an unbeaten 81 from just 40 balls in the Twenty20 match, which Victoria won by four wickets.

The West Indians lost the first Test in Brisbane with a day to spare but Chanderpaul, who batted for more than four and a half hours to help secure the draw with Victoria, said his team would have to adopt a more cautious approach in Hobart.

"This is one of those games where you want to spend time in the middle and it has done some good for us," Chanderpaul said.

"You have to get the balance right and put your head down and bat instead of playing all these shots that can get you out.

"They can get you runs also, but a Test match is five days, a long game, and you want to be showing some patience out there."
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