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WIndies and India claim advantage for last test

Written by: Staff

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 29 (Reuters) West Indies captain Brian Lara and India skipper Rahul Dravid agreed to differ on the eve of the fourth and final test, saying their own sides held the initiative going into the match.

The teams go into the game with the series deadlocked after three draws.

''I'm happy with the gradual progress of my team,'' Lara told reporters today.

''We've made some steps forward in terms of getting on top of the Indians and they are now taking notice of us. Going into the last test, I think we have a slight psychological advantage.'' West Indies narrowly avoided defeat in the first test in Antigua, their last-wicket pair surviving the final 19 deliveries.

The hosts also hung on for a draw in the second test in St Lucia when India needed three wickets to win on the last day.

India, set 392 in 88 overs to win the third test in St Kitts, finished on 298 for four.

''I don't think the momentum is with the West Indies,'' Dravid said. ''I think the momentum is with us.

''On the last day at tea we were in with a chance to win, rather than them.

''They've played some good cricket but we've also played some good cricket. Brian's not going to say the momentum is with India, nor am I going to say it is with the West Indies.'' MORE REUTERS SHR RAI2317

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