India held to a draw by WICB XI

In the final session, India were still ahead by 9 runs and one more wicket right at the start of the session could have put them on course for a win but Montcin Hodge and Rahkeem Cornwall sensed the situation and played some sensible shots in order to fetch a lead.

Blackwood scored a half century and played an important role in the match.   -  AP

The middle-order stood tall making it tough for the Indian bowlers on the final day to give West Indies Cricket Board President's XI a hard-fought draw. With the home side leading by 39 runs, the players from both the sides decided to call it off after 78 overs. The visitors failed to grab the opportunity after dismissing overnight batsmen John Campbell and Shai Hope during the first session.

Campbell started the day with a positive approach against Jadeja, but later got out by mistiming the shot. Hope proved to be ineffective in the second innings as well after his brilliant performance in the first practice game, as Ashwin had him caught at short fine-leg. When the West Indian innings demanded stability on the crease, then came in Jermaine Blackwood with Vishaul Singh, and the duo began establish a decent partnership. The home side was undoubtedly playing for the draw which forced captain Virat Kohli to bring in non-regular bowlers like Stuart Binny and Murali Vijay.

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Finally the 62-run partnership had come to an end when Vishaul was run-out for 39 with the help of Dhawan's quick awareness on the field. Blackwood handled his innings with responsibility following the wicket and eventually went on to reach his half-century. Ashwin, in between intervals gave India another breakthrough by castling the big fish for 51 just before the Tea break, as India smelled victory with half the side back in the pavilion.

In the final session, India still leaded by 9 runs but Montcin Hodge and Rahkeem Cornwall sensed the situation and played some sensible shots in order to fetch a lead. Cornwall smashed two huge sixes before getting dismissed by Mohammad Shami. Jahmar Hamilton and Hodge then batted out a few overs to make sure it didn't lose another wicket as the match reached to a draw. The visitors would have still been pleased with the combinations it received from both the practice matches ahead of the first Test, which begins on July 21 in Antigua.

Brief scores: WICB President's XI 180 (Rahkeem Cornwall 41, Ravindra Jadeja 3-16) and 223/6 (Jermaine Blackwood 51, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-59) drew with India 364 (KL Rahul 64, Rahkeem Cornwall 5-118).

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