"Tiger" passes 10,000, helps steady WI
ROSEAU, Dominica – Shivnarine Chanderpaul claimed another personal milestone and was leading a West Indies fight-back with Darren Bravo before tea in pursuit of 370 for a series-levelling victory in the third and final Digicel Test against Australia on Thursday.
Chanderpaul, not out on 29, became only the second West Indies batsman to pass 10,000 Test runs, as West Indies reached 97 for three at the break on the penultimate day at Windsor Park.
The durable left-hander, affectionately known as "Tiger", reached the milestone, when he tucked a delivery from Australia captain Michael Clarke, bowling his uncomplicated left-arm spin, to mid-wicket for a single, moving him to 14.
Chanderpaul was granted honorary Dominican citizenship following the corresponding Test last year, when he blessed the ground with a hundred against India, and the crowd that swelled to half full the ground rose to cheer him as though he was one of their very own.
Batting legend Brian Lara is the only other West Indies batsman to pass the landmark. He finished his career with 11,953 runs at an average of 52.88 in 131 Tests.
Chanderpaul is the 10th batsman to score more than 10,000 runs in Tests.
He and fellow left-hander Bravo, not out on 23, put on 52 – unbroken – for the fourth wicket to stem the fall of wickets, after Clarke winkled out Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell to leave West Indies 45 for three inside the first hour after lunch.
Brathwaite avoided his fourth straight duck, but was confirmed lbw for 14, after he reviewed the decision of New Zealand umpire Tony Hill. Hawkeye suggested the ball would have clipped the top of the off-bail, as Brathwaite muffed a late cut.
Powell too, looked assured at the crease, a crisp straight drive for four off Ryan Harris would have settled the nerves, but he was bowled for 24, when he was beaten in flight by a delivery from Clarke, which spun past his driving bat.
Before lunch, West Indies had suffered an early setback, which overshadowed a history-making moment for hometown hero Shane Shillingford.
Opener Adrian Barath was well caught by a diving Ed Cowan at square leg off Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck, uppishly flicking an over-pitched delivery in the third over of the chase, as the Windies reached two runs for one wicket at the interval.
This followed Shillingford becoming the first West Indies spin bowler in close to 46 years to capture 10 wickets in a Test.
The loose-limbed off-spinner finished with four wickets for 100 runs from 39 overs, as West Indies bowled Australia out for 259 in their second innings about half-hour before lunch.
Shillingford collected 10 for 219 in the match, becoming the first bowler since Lance Gibbs captured 10 for 106 against England at Old Trafford in 1966.
He also became only the second West Indies spin bowler to ever take 10 wickets in the Caribbean, following Wilfred Ferguson, whose 11 for 229 helped earn a draw against England 64 years ago at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
After he struck early, removing Mike Hussey caught at slip for 32 playing defensive forward in the first half-hour, Shillingford’s special moment arrived when he had Hilfenhaus caught at silly mid-off by a flying Kraigg Brathwaite for six to a cacophony of noise from a crowd filled with scores of his compatriots.
In between, Narsingh Deonarine had Ryan Harris caught by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr for nine from a top-edged sweep to finish with three for 45 from 14 overs, and Kemar Roach brought Australia’s innings to a close, when he sneaked a delivery through Mitchell Starc’s airy drive and bowled him for 21 to end with three for 40 from 13 overs.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and a draw in the second Digicel Test at Queen’s Park Oval, which meant that Australia would retain the Frank Worrell Trophy, symbol of supremacy between the two sides.
West Indies are also in the hunt for their first Test victory over the Aussies in nine years.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 328
(M. Wade 106; S. Shillingford 6-119)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 218
(S. Chanderpaul 68; N. Lyon 4-69)
AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings
(overnight 200 for six)
D. Warner c Chanderpaul b Roach 11
E. Cowan c *Sammy b Deonarine 55
S. Watson c *Sammy b Shillingford 5
R. Ponting c Chanderpaul b Roach 57
*M. Clarke c Bravo b Shillingford 25
M. Hussey c Sammy b Shillingford 32
+M. Wade lbw b Deonarine 4
R. Harris c wkpr Baugh b Deonarine 9
M. Starc b Roach 21
B. Hilfenhaus c Brathwaite b Shillingford 6
N. Lyon not out 12
Extras (b8, lb9, w1, nb4) 22
TOTAL (all out) 259
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Warner), 2-25 (Watson), 3-112 (Cowan), 4-168 (Ponting), 5-171 (*Clarke), 6-196 (+Wade), 7-220 (Hussey), 8-230 (Harris), 9-237 (Hilfenhaus)
Bowling: Rampaul 9-1-37-0; Roach 13-2-40-3 (nb4, w1); Shillingford 39-7-100-4; *Sammy 10-4-20-0; Deonarine 14-1-45-2
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 370)
A. Barath c Cowan b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Brathwaite lbw b *Clarke 14
K. Powell b *Clarke 24
D.M. Bravo not out 23
S. Chanderpaul not out 29
Extras (b3, lb4) 7
TOTAL (3 wkts) 97
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Barath), 2-28 (Brathwaite), 3-45 (Powell)
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 5-3-2-1; Starc 5-2-12-0; Lyon 11-3-28-0; Harris 4-1-13-0; *Clarke 9-0-21-2; Watson 4-2-8-0; Warner 1-0-6-0
Position: West Indies need 273 more to win with seven second innings wickets standing
Umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa), A. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: I. Gould (England)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: P. Nero (Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies)