Lunch Day 5: Shiv makes 23rd Test ton
Roseau, Dominica, CMC – Shivnarine Chanderpaul reached his 23rd Test hundred to carry the fight for West Indies, and extend their lead to 151 in the third and final Digicel Test against India on Sunday.
Chanderpaul was undefeated on 105 and Fidel Edwards was not out on 16, as West Indies, trailing by 143 on first innings, reached 294 for eight at the interval on the final day at Windsor Park.
The pair added 38 – unbroken – for the ninth wicket, after West Indies lost their captain Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul in quick succession.
Starting the day on 73, Chanderpaul reached his hundred from 265 balls, turning Ishant Sharma through square leg for two, and has rallied the West Indies lower order in a bid for the hosts to either save the Test, or score an unlikely victory. He became the second century-maker in the innings, following Kirk Edwards’ 110 on Saturday that helped to revive the hosts.
West Indies, resuming from their overnight total of 224 for six, were ushered over the 250-run mark before Sammy was dubiously caught at forward short leg off Harbhajan for 17, playing defensively forward. Television replays suggested the ball ricocheted from his pad onto his chest before flying to the fielder. Three balls later, Ravi Rampaul was run out for one, when he failed to beat Sharma’s direct hit at the striker’s end, going for a single.
But Fidel Edwards, whose tail-end exploits with the bat include a few face-saving partnerships in the past, joined Chanderpaul, partnering him to his milestone, and spending just over 1 ½ hours at the crease, further frustrating the Indians. Harbhajan has been India's most successful bowler with four wickets for 73 runs from 38 overs.