Chanderpaul leading WI fight
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Shivnarine Chanderpaul was typically leading the fight for West Indies in the second Digicel Test against Australia on Tuesday.
Chanderpaul was not out on 45 and fellow left-handed compatriot Narsingh Deonarine was not out on 12, as West Indies, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 311, reached 132 for four on the third day at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Chanderpaul has so far struck five boundaries in just over 2 ¼ hours, but he lost overnight partner and another fellow left-hander Darren Bravo midway through an extended morning session, after West Indies resumed on 49 for three.
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.
A power outage at the ground had delayed the start of play, after the players had walked on to the field and had taken their places.
They 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 unit.
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 not out 45
N. Deonarine not out 12
Extras (lb4, w1, nb6) 11
TOTAL (4 wkts) 132
+C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy (captain), S. Shillingford, K. Roach, F. Edwards to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Brathwaite), 2-26 (Brathwaite), 3-38 (Powell), 4-100 (Bravo)
Bowling: Beer 16-8-30-1; Hilfenhaus 12-4-24-1; Lyon 16-5-35-0; Pattinson 6-2-16-1 (nb6); Hussey 6-1-19-1 (w1); Watson 4-1-4-0
Position: West Indies trail by 179 runs with six first innings wickets 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)