|Record-breaking – only the second time in over 2000 Tests that a match has ended in a draw with scores level [AFP]|
Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin plotted a sensational West Indies collapse before the third and final Test ended in a thrilling draw with scores level on the last day on Saturday.
Left-arm spinner Ojha finished with 6-47 and off-spinner Ashwin with 4-34 as the West Indies were dismissed for 134 in their second innings in the morning after losing their last eight wickets for 43 runs.
India finished at 242-9 chasing a 243-run target, with young middle-order batsman Virat Kohli scoring an impressive 63 and explosive opener Virender Sehwag riding his luck to smash a 65-ball 60.
The hosts needed three runs to win in the last over with two wickets in hand, but fast bowler Fidel Edwards conceded only two to prevent India from making a clean sweep.
India won the first Test in New Delhi by five wickets and the second match in Kolkata by an innings and 15 runs.
A pair of below-par batting performances marked the 17-wicket day, with the West Indies collapsing in their second innings in the morning and then the famed Indian batting line-up struggling to achieve the target.
|Final day scorecard|
West Indies first innings 590
A Barath c Laxman b Ojha 3
India second innnings
G Gambhir c Sammy b F. Edwards 12
India were 189-6 at one stage after losing Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir (12), Rahul Dravid (33), Sachin Tendulkar (3), Venkatsai Laxman (31) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13) before Kohli raised his team’s victory hopes.
Sehwag, who was dropped thrice, added 82 for the second wicket with Dravid before being caught by skipper Darren Sammy at short fine-leg while attempting a reverse-paddle sweep off leg-spinner Devender Bishoo.
Tendulkar, who needs just one more hundred to complete an unprecedented 100 international centuries, was caught by Kirk Edwards at mid-wicket off part-time spinner Marlon Samuels.
The West Indies started the day with an overall lead of 189 runs with eight wickets in hand before faltering against the Indian spin duo.
The West Indies, leading by 108 runs on the first innings, batted just 23.2 overs in the morning before they were all out after being 91-2 at one stage, with Darren Bravo top-scoring with 48.
The tourists had only their poor shot-selection to blame for their dismal performance, with none of their batsmen applying himself on a fifth-day track offering turn and bounce.
The Indian spin duo maintained their supremacy over the West Indies batsmen, with Ashwin grabbing 22 wickets in his debut Test series and Ojha 20 in three matches.
Ojha, who claimed his second haul of five or more wickets in an innings in the series, started the slide when he removed teenager Kraigg Brathwaite before accounting for Bravo and Samuels in the same over.
Brathwaite added just one run to his overnight score of 34 before he was caught at point by Tendulkar while attempting to cut an Ojha delivery that turned and bounced.
Bravo offered a return catch while Samuels was stumped by Dhoni for no score when he played the wrong line after stepping out of the crease.