Batting collapse leaves WI trailing by 52
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A batting collapse undid a record fifth-wicket stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine that brought West Indies back into the second Digicel Test against Australia on Tuesday.
Chanderpaul narrowly missed out on his second hundred in successive matches, typically leading the Windies fight-back with 94 and fellow left-handed compatriot Narsingh Deonarine supported with 55, as West Indies, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 311, reached 252 for nine at the close on the third day at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Chanderpaul and Deonarine put on 130, a record for West Indies against Australia at this venue, eclipsing 100 added by Viv Richards and Gus Logie 28 years ago.
They put West Indies back on track, following the dismissal of another left-hander Darren Bravo before lunch for 38.
But the downfall of Deonarine triggered a collapse and West Indies surrendered five wickets for 19 runs in the space of 12 overs, as off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s grabbed five for 68 from 29 overs.
Deonarine batted with aplomb for close to four hours, mixing sound defence with an occasional flurry that produced seven fours and one six from his 139-ball stay at the crease.
He was stumped however, when he charged down the pitch to a well-flighted delivery and tried to play forward defensively, as West Indies lost a wicket in each of Lyon’s next three overs.
Chanderpaul became the fifth lbw victim in the innings, when he was trapped playing defensively forward to a well-pitched delivery from Lyon. He struck 10 fours and one six from 217 balls in close to six hours of batting.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy tried to repeat his first innings flourish from Barbados and was caught at long-on off Lyon for one before the spinner had Shane Shillingford caught at forward short leg for four playing defensively forward, leaving the hosts 241 for eight.
Kemar Roach came to the crease and was trying to stem the fall of wickets with Carlton Baugh Jr, when he was dubiously caught behind down the leg-side off Lyon for a duck, sinking West Indies 249 for nine.
Before lunch, Chanderpaul typically led the fight for West Indies, carrying them to 132 for four at the interval.
He lost overnight partner and another fellow left-hander Bravo midway through an extended morning session, after West Indies resumed on 49 for three.
A lack of power to the TV production unit delayed the start of play by 20 minutes, after the players had walked on to the field and had taken their places.
The players returned to the dressing room before a ball was bowled after they were informed that the umpire decision review system was not functional, since the power outage had also disrupted the TV production.
Chanderpaul was fortunate on eight in the fifth over of the day, when wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and slip fielder Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, muffed a chance off Lyon.
But Bravo, playing his first Test on home soil, was adjudged lbw for 38 just over an hour into the morning, when he played defensively forward to a delivery from Mike Hussey that beat the outside edge and struck him on the back pad. His review of umpire Marais Erasmus’ decision failed to save him.
Bravo and Chanderpaul put on 62 for the fourth wicket to add some stability to the innings, after West Indies plunged to 38 for three on the previous evening.
Deonarine joined Chanderpaul and they batted through until the interval, but there was an anxious moment on the stroke of lunch.
Deonarine responded hesitantly to Chanderpaul’s urging for a single to mid-wicket and TV replays showed he narrowly beat Shane Watson’s throw to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade at the striker’s end.
After the interval, the salvage operation between Chanderpaul and Deonarine was brought to a halt, when rain cut short the session between lunch and tea, as West Indies reached 188 for four.
When the rain tumbled down about an hour after lunch, Chanderpaul had reached his 50 from 140 balls, when he worked a delivery from off-spinner Nathan Lyon past mid-wicket for a trey, and Deonarine was just getting warmed up.
On resumption, Deonarine reached his 50 from 132 balls, when he drove James Pattinson for his sixth boundary through extra cover before his departure turned things upside down.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the three-match series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test, which ended last Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The third and final Digicel Test starts next Monday at Windsor Park in Dominica.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years, and first series victory in close to two decades.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 311
(M. Hussey 73; K. Roach 5-105)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 49 for three)
A. Barath lbw b Beer 7
K. Brathwaite lbw b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Powell lbw b Pattinson 19
D.M. Bravo lbw b Hussey 38
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Lyon 94
N. Deonarine st Wade b Lyon 55
+C. Baugh Jr not out 17
*D. Sammy c Hussey b Lyon 1
S. Shillingford c Cowan b Lyon 4
K. Roach c wkpr Wade b Lyon 0
F. Edwards not out 0
Extras (lb8, w1, nb8) 17
TOTAL (9 wkts) 252
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Brathwaite), 2-26 (Brathwaite), 3-38 (Powell), 4-100 (Bravo), 5-230 (Deonarine), 6-231 (Chanderpaul), 7-237 (*Sammy), 8-241 (Shillingford), 9-249 (Roach)
Bowling: Beer 25-9-52-1; Hilfenhaus 16-4-39-1; Lyon 29-9-68-5; Pattinson 11-2-40-1 (nb8); Hussey 6-1-19-1 (w1); Watson 12-5-14-0; Warner 3-1-9-0; *Clarke 2-0-3-0
Position: West Indies trail by 59 runs with one first innings wicket standing
Umpires: M. Erasmus (South Africa), I. Gould (England)
TV umpire: A. Hill (New Zealand)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: J. Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies)