Chanderpaul, Bravo keep WI moving
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo completed half-centuries to enrich West Indies in the first Digicel Test against Australia before rain prompted an early lunch on Sunday.
Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 58 and Bravo made 51 to lift the Windies to 291 for five in their first innings when rain brought lunch the interval five minutes earlier than scheduled on the second day at Kensington Oval.
Chanderpaul reached his 50 from 108 balls, turning a delivery from off-spinner Nathan Lyon through backward square leg for a single.
The durable left-hander has struck seven fours and one six from 116 balls in close to three hours of batting, 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 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 from 123 balls in close to three hours of batting.
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 Carlton Baugh Jr 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 58
N. Deonarine c wkpr Wade b Harris 21
+C. Baugh not out 4
Extras (b4, lb7, w4, nb2) 17
TOTAL (5 wkts) 291
*D. Sammy, K. Roach, 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)
Bowling: Harris 23.3-7-63-2; Hilfenhaus 23-8-39-0 (nb1); Siddle 23-9-63-1 (nb1, w4); Lyon 17-6-60-0; *Clarke 2-0-4-0; Watson 12-5-28-1; Warner 5-0-23-1
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)