Uttar Pradesh v West Indians, Kolkata, 1st day October 31, 2013

West Indians make promising start with bat

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West Indians 333 for 4 (Chanderpaul 91*, Deonarine 83*, Powell 64, Bravo 61) v Uttar Pradesh

West Indies' batsmen kicked off their tour to India with promising signs, with four of their top six getting past the half-century mark on day one of the warm-up match against Uttar Pradesh in Kolkata. While Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo couldn't push on after getting set, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine have the opportunity to register confidence-boosting hundreds on day two, going to stumps unbeaten on 91 and 83 respectively. Their 170-run stand for the fifth-wicket meant that the West Indians finished were a comfortable 333 for 4 overnight.

The match, at the Jadavpur University Complex since the first Test will be at the city's main ground, Eden Gardens, began an hour late due to a wet outfield - it has been rainy in Kolkata over the past few days. The West Indians chose to bat, and were dealt an early blow by seamer Imtiaz Ahmed, who bowled Chris Gayle for 18. However, a century stand between Powell and Bravo followed, ensuring the innings didn't veer off track. Both batsmen fell in the 60s, though, Bravo going first, bowled by India discard RP Singh. Powell was out in the following over, also bowled, to offspinner Arish Alam. Marlon Samuels fell not long after, edging behind to give Imtiaz his second success, leaving the West Indians on an uncertain 163 for 4.

That's when Chanderpaul, who was in solid touch for English county Derbyshire in the lead-up to this series - he hit half-centuries in each of his previous three matches - and Deonarine, who has been on the fringes of the Test side but last played in it last August, came together. Their unbroken century stand came at a good clip - over four and a half an over - before the last half hour was lost to bad light.

Bravo, speaking after the day's play, said he grew confident as his innings progressed. "I believe early up I wasn't timing the ball nicely, but as I stayed out in the middle I started to hit the ball nicely so that in itself gave me some sort of confidence," he said. "This is my first competitive game with the red ball [in a while] and I wanted to spend some time out in the middle, to bat a little longer. [Now] I need to go in the nets and make sure my game is in the right way for the first Test."

The Jadavpur University Complex ground was proving to be an ideal practice venue, he said. "The outfield is very fast and it's good to see a lot of fans come out to support the cricket. The wicket is a bit slower, especially pitching the ball back of a length, it's stopping a bit. But we're learning [to cope]."

The West Indians will be hoping the weather cooperates better over the next two days, as this is the only practice game scheduled before the first Test of the two-match series begins on November 6. However, Bravo said they shouldn't be using the "one-match excuse" if they get in trouble in the series. "I believe we have to make do. This [practice game] is all we have. Hopefully the batsmen can capitalise on the starts we get and try their best to spend time out in the middle. It's important we go to the nets and try to pick up our game in the best possible way. At the end of the day we don't need to make the one-match excuse, that's important."

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  • Clifford on November 1, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Yeah I think there's no doubt Shilly is in for the first test and they're just hiding him. He's shown before that he can come in without much prep and Eden Gardens generally turns. I also assume that Roach is a given so between Cottrell and Best or both(?). The question is do you take Permaul as well since his left armers will move the ball opposite to any other spinner on the squad or Cotterell so you have 3 proper quicks... We have a lot of bowling in the team with Deonarine, Sammy, Samuels, and Gayle presumably playing. I would have had one more quick in the squad at the expense of a batsman although I suppose for a two test series it doesn't matter so much.

  • Subramani on November 1, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I wish SamRoy would see Chawla's playing statistics in his two stints he has had first with Sussex and now Someret.The all round contribution he has brought to both these counties was breathtakingly close to being called Bothamesque. That is why it surprises me that he seems so different when he plays in India. He is a fair leg spinner actually but obviously has suffered for want of good field placements.One cannot generalise the long hop full toss theory unless the fields given to him are taken account of.A leg spinner needs a good captain who understands.Like Border,Taylor and Waugh were.Dhoni is not a good captain for such bowlers. Which is why I am surprised that you seem to be lauding him for his sense in regard to leg spinners.Kohli is a leg spinner's captain as we will see in a few years.A leg spinner should be pumped in with lieral doses of confidence if he has to succeed.I remember Border handing the ball to Warne when Sri lanka was poised to win a Test.He won the game

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster Chaderpaul was never Drop from the Test Team, he was always part of it.

  • Simon on October 31, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Vesak Seepersaud....When will you stop rooting for the inclusion of Sarwan? Can't you see the guy is finished ? Your calling for his selection is like suggesting that we flog a dead horse. And even if by chance he was selected, who would he replace in the current batting line-up? Be reasonably man!!p

  • Jay on October 31, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    If I was a West Indian fan, I would NOT read too much into this particular game. This Uttar Pradesh team has MANY second choice players in the team, NONE of whom will feature for the Eden Gardens test. To make 330 odd against this attack on a placid pitch is not a big deal. Having said that, any amount of time spent out in the middle for a visiting team is good before a test series. This is an area INDIA should look at when they travel overseas. Soon after this WI series, Team India travel to SA and I hope they too get some ideal preparation under belt. It's also nice to see Shiv Chanderpaul back in the line up. A quality and highly underrated player. If you ask me, he's easily one of WI's greats of the modern era after Lara.

  • Carl on October 31, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Shilly has been saved - don't want to show too much of their hand to the hosts before the first test. Best and Cotterrell are competing for the new ball pairing with Roachy, patently. And Vejai, sorry, no more Sarwan.

  • dylan on October 31, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I find the none inclusion of Shillingford from the first and only warm up game that west indies have a mystery. He is our front line spinner and has done very well for us in the recent past. It seems like they're considering playing permaul as the front line spinner with deonarine and samuels as back up, becuase permaul adds variety to the attack. Whilst i agree that permaul should play but it should be in place of one of the seamers and not your front line spinner. This would be the third time that west indies would be touring the sub continent in the last couple years and leaving shillingford out. I do hope i'm just reading to much into the practice match team and that it's not the team for the first test

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    I would include Deonarine in the test XI as the second spinner (Shillingford being the first), which gives room for two out-and-out quicks (Roach and whoever of Best or Cotterrell performs better). We don't need to "specialist" spinners, since the likes of Samuels and Gayle are also able to throw their arms.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    This is the tour for Sarwan to get back into grove and regain his lost batting form. His omission from the West Indies side is pathetic and absurd. He is NOT getting younger. Exposure to mediocre bowling like this has made Gayle a great batsman today.

  • sam on October 31, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Piyush Chawla bowled 19 overs and got smacked for 91 runs. I don't think it will surprise anyone except MS Dhoni. This guy should never play test cricket for India again unless he improves his control dramatically. Bowls 2 boundary balls (long hops, full-tosses or half-volleys) every over on an average. Even Mishra bowls one boundary ball every over and even though he is better than Piyush but still not good enough for test matches. Mishra can be the lead ODI spinner though.

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