Gayle, Chanderpaul grind Zimbabwe
ROSEAU, DOMINICA - Veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul fashioned his 28th Test century and climbed to eighth on the all-time list of run-scorers, while Chris Gayle posted his 15th Test hundred, as West Indies took a vice grip on the second Test against Zimbabwe here Thursday.
At the close of the second day at Windsor Park, West Indies had reached an imposing 382 for eight, a lead of 206 runs heading into Friday’s third day.
The 38-year old Chanderpaul made 108, an innings that propelled him past Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene on the all-time list with 10 830 runs in his 149th Test.
He faced 284 balls and struck 13 fours, to record his second century at the venue and his first against the African side.
Gayle, meanwhile, struck 101 from 145 balls with 12 fours and one six, to record his second century against Zimbabwe.
Not to be left out, Denesh Ramdin helped himself to his tenth half-century in Tests, an attractive 86 that helped West Indies assert control of the game in the post-lunch session.
Off-spinner Prosper Utseya, who came in for a hiding from Gayle in the first session, finished with three for 60 while seamer Kyle Jarvis (2-82) and leg-spinner Graeme Cremer (2-82) picked up two wickets apiece.
Resuming the day on 114 for two, the Windies had the worst possible start when Marlon Samuels was bowled off the first ball of the day for his overnight 26.
Seamer Tendai Chatara angled in a full length delivery which swung away late and spectacularly plucked out the right-hander’s off-stump.
Gayle and Chanderpaul then steadied the innings with a 67-run, fourth wicket stand that pushed the Windies in sight of the 200-run mark.
The left-handed Gayle, resuming on 61, emerged from a cautious start to rip into the Zimbabwe bowling with a series of telling blows.
After quietly moving into the 80s, he suddenly exploded with a six over mid-wicket off medium pacer Hamilton Masakadza and then raced up to 99 with two consecutive sixes off Utseya.
A single to point off the next ball raised three figures for Gayle but he perished soon afterward as he failed to clear the ropes with Utseya, and was brilliantly held at long off by Jarvis, running around and diving.
Chanderpaul and Ramdin then killed off any hopes Zimbabwe may have harboured of remaining competitive, as they combined in a 173-run, fifth wicket partnership which consumed the post-lunch session.
The obdurate Guyanese was characteristically unflappable, but was quick to put away anything loose, and reached his half-century about half-hour after lunch when he came down to Cremer and worked him through wide mid-wicket for four.
Surviving two half-chances at bat-pad off Cremer, Chanderpaul remained composed and reached his landmark with a pull for a single to deep square leg off Jarvis.
Ramdin joined in the fun, taking two boundaries from the first over after lunch from Jarvis before lofting Cremer over long-on for six. He raised his half-century with a streaky shot for two to third man that also brought up the 100-run partnership.
When the new ball was taken, Ramdin greeted Jarvis with two thunderous off-side boundaries and seemed almost certain to reach his fourth Test century before he played back was plumb lbw to Cremer at 354 for five.
He faced 147 balls and cracked eight fours and a six.
His dismissal triggered a slide as the Windies suddenly lost four wickets for 16 runs in the space of 42 deliveries.
Captain Darren Sammy holed out to long off Cremer for nine and Chanderpaul followed with four runs added at 370 for seven, when he drove low to cover point where Sean Williams claimed the catch. Television replays showed the ball may have touched the turf.
Kemar Roach was bowled first ball as the Windies lost their way but Tino Best, on 11 and Shane Shillingford, on four, saw their side to the safety of the close.
ZIMBABWE 175 (Brendan Taylor 33, Vusi Sibanda 32, Sean Williams 31; Shane Shillingford 5-59, Marlon Samuels 3-15, Shannon Gabriel 2-10)
WEST INDIES 381 for eight (Shiv Chanderpaul 108, Chris Gayle 101, Denesh Ramdin 86, Marlon Samuels 26, Kieran Powell 24; Prosper Utseya 3-60, Kyle Jarvis 2-82, Graeme Cremer 2-102)
ZIMBABWE 1st Innings 175
WEST INDIES 1st innings
(overnight 114 for two)
C Gayle c Jarvis b Utseya 101
K Powell b Jarvis 24
DM Bravo c wkp Taylor b Jarvis 0
M Samuels b Chatara 26
S Chanderpaul c Williams b Utseya 108
+D Ramdin lbw b Cremer 86
*D Sammy c Masakadza b Cremer 9
S Shillingford not out 4
K Roach b Utseya 0
T Best not out 11
Extras (b4, lb7, w1) 12
TOTAL (8 wkts, 117 overs) 381
To bat: S Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-35, 3-114, 4-181, 5-354, 6-366, 7-370, 8-370.
Bowling: Jarvis 21-3-82-2 (w1), Chatara 22-2-69-1, Masakadza 17-6-48-0, Cremer 34-6-102-2, Utseya 22-6-60-3, Williams 1-0-9-0.
Position: West Indies lead by 206 runs.
Toss: West Indies,.
Umpires: A Hill, R Martinesz; TV – B Oxenford.