Rain stops salvage operation
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A salvage operation between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine was brought to a halt, when rain cut short the session between lunch and tea in the second Digicel Test on Tuesday.
Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 74 and Deonarine was not out on 37, as West Indies, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 311, reached 188 for four on the third day at the Queen’s Park Oval.
When the rain tumbled down about an hour after lunch, the pair had put on 88 for the fifth wicket, following the dismissal of Darren Bravo before the interval for 38.
Chanderpaul reached his 50 from 140 balls, when he worked a delivery from off-spinner Nathan Lyon past mid-wicket for a trey.
Before lunch, Chanderpaul was typically leading the fight for West Indies, carrying them to 132 for four.
He lost overnight partner and another fellow left-hander 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 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 by 20 minutes, 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 74
N. Deonarine not out 37
Extras (lb4, w1, nb8) 13
TOTAL (4 wkts) 188
+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 19.3-9-38-1; Hilfenhaus 12-4-24-1; Lyon 20-5-52-0; Pattinson 8-2-33-1 (nb8); Hussey 6-1-19-1 (w1); Watson 8-2-12-0; Warner 1-0-6-0
Position: West Indies trail by 123 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)