WI 188-4 at tea

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Shivnarine Chanderpaul led the West Indian fightback at tea on the third day of the second Digicel Test in Trinidad on Tuesday.

The veteran left-hander in his 138th Test match tormented Australia’s bowlers with a perfect blend of defence and controlled aggression to complete an unbeaten half-century in front an appreciative crowd at Queen's Park Oval.

He was given a life when he was dropped on eight and went on to make 74 not out when rain halted play before tea with West Indies on 188-4 in their first innings. They still trailed the visitors by 123.

Chanderpaul had a lucky escape when he edged a catch behind off spinner Nathan Lyon which deflected off wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to slip Michael Clarke who was unable to grasp it.

Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo added 51 to the overnight total before Bravo came unstuck against part-time bowler Mike Hussey.

Narsingh Deonarine went to the break on 37 not out, sharing an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 88 with his experience compatriot.

Chanderpaul scored a century in the first Digicel test in Barbados, won by Australia, and again proved hard to remove, hitting nine boundaries in his 176-ball knock.

He reached his half-century off 144 balls, marking the 82nd time the 37-year-old had reached 50 in Tests to join fellow West Indian Brian Lara in sixth place on the overall list.

Play was due to restart at 3:35 pm and end at 5:30 pm, with a minimum of 28 overs to be bowled in that period.

See scoreboard at http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-v-australia-2012/engine/current/match/540177.html

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 11:31