Lunch Day 3: Shiv falls just before lunch

Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – West Indies suffered a major setback in their bid for a first innings lead over India in the Second Digicel Test on Thursday, when Shiv Chanderpaul was dismissed just before lunch on the rain-affected third day at Kensington Oval.


At the interval, West Indies were 138 for six, replying to India’s first innings total of 201, with Marlon Samuels, not out on 43, and Carlton Baugh, not out on one. Chanderpaul added a valuable 77 for the sixth wicket with Samuels before he was bowled for 37, dragging a short delivery from Abhimanyu Mithun into his stumps in the penultimate over of the morning period.


The West Indies pair had to endure a delay lasting just over an hour before they could continue from the overnight position of 98 for five. Chanderpaul and Samuels resisted doggedly, enduring blows to the helmet from Ishant Sharma to steady the West Indies innings.


Samuels steered a delivery from Praveen Kumar between third slip and gully for his fourth boundary to usher the 50-run partnership between the pair. Chanderpaul top-edged a hook at a short, rising delivery from Sharma to the fine leg boundary, and Samuels further expressed himself with a cut through square cover off the same bowler from the delivery after he was struck.


But Chanderpaul’s near four-hour long vigil came to a disappointing end, leaving Samuels, Baugh, and the bowlers to scrap with India for the lead.