Chanderpaul leads WI push for 400
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Shivnarine Chanderpaul claimed another personal milestone, leading determined West Indies batting in the first Digicel Test against Australia on Sunday.
Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 80 and Kemar Roach was not out on 10, as West Indies reached 390 for seven in their first innings at tea on the second day at Kensington Oval.
The durable West Indies left-hander whipped a delivery from Shane Watson through mid-wicket for a deuce, becoming the leading scorer in Tests at Kensington Oval.
He eclipsed Brian Lara’s record of 1,339 at an average of 53.56 from 27 innings in 15 matches, and now has 1,351 at 48.25 from 28 innings in 16 appearances.
Chanderpaul shared two valuable stands in a dramatic period between lunch and tea. He added 31 for the sixth wicket with Carlton Baugh Jr and put on 53 with West Indies captain Darren Sammy.
Baugh made 22 and Sammy defied a blow to the helmet for a cameo of 41 that further enriched West Indies’ position.
Baugh curbed his natural instincts and was just beginning to blossom, when he backed up too far and was run out, failing to beat Ryan Harris’ direct hit at the bowler’s end.
Sammy came to the crease and immediately got into stride, whacking three fours from off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s 19th over to the long-off boundary.
The West Indies captain suffered a blow to his helmet, when he ducked into a short delivery from Shane Watson that did not climb all that much.
After a few minutes to regain his composure and change his helmet, he responded to the blow with a high, straight six off the next delivery from Watson, triggering a period in which Australia’s bowlers lost their nerve and Sammy cashed in.
Sammy drove the first delivery in Watson’s next over to the long-off boundary for four, and swung the third delivery over mid-wicket for six.
He got real delight, when he swung Ben Hilfenhaus over wide long-on for his third six, but he was caught at deep mid-wicket two balls later off the same bowler, when he miscued a hook at a short, rising ball.
Earlier, West Indies, starting the day on 179 for three reached 291 for five before rain brought lunch the interval five minutes earlier than scheduled.
Chanderpaul reached his 50 from 108 balls, turning a delivery from off-spinner Nathan Lyon through backward square leg for a single, putting on 73 for the fourth wicket with Bravo.
Fellow left-hander Bravo reached his 50 from 114 balls, when he steered a delivery from Peter Siddle between slip and gully to third man for the last of his seven boundaries.
He reeled off a few trademark, classy drives through the off-side, before he was caught at first gully for 51, when he sliced a drive at a pitched-up delivery from Shane Watson. He also struck one six in his 123-ball innings which lasted close to three hours.
Narsingh Deonarine, playing his first innings in a Test for two years, came to the crease and kept up the pressure on the Aussies. He added 45 with compatriot and hero Chanderpaul with a fluent extra cover drive off the off-spin of Nathan Lyon the highlight.
In an eventful over, Deonarine was caught behind for 21, when he got the leading edge on a short, rising delivery from Harris.
Fortune twice favoured Baugh in the remaining four balls in the over. He got off the mark, when he fended away a short, rising delivery between second slip and gully to third man for four, and was dropped next ball, when he edged a loose drive off Harris low to second slip, where Ricky Ponting failed to hold a low grab.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years, and first series victory in close to two decades.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 179 for three)
A. Barath c Siddle b Harris 22
K. Brathwaite c wkpr Wade b Siddle 57
K. Edwards c and b Warner 61
D.M. Bravo c Hussey b Watson 51
S. Chanderpaul not out 80
N. Deonarine c wkpr Wade b Harris 21
+C. Baugh run out 22
*D. Sammy c Cowan b Hilfenhaus 41
K. Roach not out 10
Extras (b12, lb7, w4, nb2) 25
TOTAL (7 wkts) 390
F. Edwards, D. Bishoo to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Barath), 2-142 (F. Edwards), 3-167 (Brathwaite), 4-240 (Bravo), 5-285 (Deonarine), 6-316 (+Baugh), 7-369 (*Sammy)
Bowling: Harris 28-8-77-2; Hilfenhaus 29-11-56-1 (nb1); Siddle 31-10-83-1 (nb1, w4); Lyon 22-8-79-0; *Clarke 2-0-4-0; Watson 15-5-46-1; Warner 5-0-23-1; Hussey 1-0-3-0
AUSTRALIA: D. Warner, E. Cowan, S. Watson, R. Ponting, *M. Clarke, M. Hussey, +M. Wade, R. Harris, P. Siddle, B.Hilfenhaus, N. Lyon
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: I. Gould (England), T. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (Barbados/West Indies)