Uttar Pradesh v West Indians, Kolkata, 3rd day November 2, 2013

Gayle, Samuels slam fifties in draw

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West Indians 466 (Chanderpaul 112, Deonarine 94, Imtiaz 5-117) and 199 for 5 (Gayle 58, Samuels 58) drew with Uttar Pradesh 372 for 9 (Parvinder 112, Cottrell 3-65)
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Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, two batsmen who failed in the first innings, found form in the second, hitting half-centuries on the final day of the drawn three-day game in Kolkata. The West Indians finished on 199 for 5 after Uttar Pradesh declared their first innings at 372 for 9.

Gayle and Samuels scored 58 each and both paced their innings in similar fashion. Gayle's knock came off 49 balls with 11 fours while Samuels' came off 47 balls with nine fours and a six. Gayle and opener Kieran Powell added 68 before Powell was bowled by Piyush Chawla. The legspinner then took a return catch to get rid of Gayle. Samuels and Denesh Ramdin added a quick 84 at more than a run-a-ball before Arish Alam claimed Samuels. The match ended after the tourists batted out 37 overs.

Earlier, Parvinder Singh, overnight on 78, went on to score a century. His 112 off 147 balls included 17 fours and two sixes and he added 57 with Amir Khan. Amir and Chawla narrowly missed their fifties before UP declared 94 short of the visitors' score. Sheldon Cottrell and Veerasammy Permaul took three wickets each.

Even though this was the West Indians' only warm-up game ahead of the first Test in Kolkata, which starts on November 6, coach Ottis Gibson said they achieved most of their targets during the match as the batsmen spent quality time at the crease and the bowlers got a few overs under their belt.

"At the start, we said we wanted to get some quality practice," Gibson said. "Shivnarine Chanderpaul got a hundred, Narsingh Deonarine batted well and all of the others, but time in the middle was much more important for us. We have not played a Test match for a long time, so it was important for everybody to get a run out and this game was good for us.

"It also gave us an understanding of what is going to happen next week and what we need to do, particularly as a bowling attack. We will need to bowl more patiently than we were here, but everyone got a few overs under their belt and this would put us in a good position."

He diminished fears of Kemar Roach and Shane Shillingford missing the Test as they didn't feature in the practice game. "Shane was supposed to play, but he slept badly on his neck the night before, and had a bit of stiffness," he said. "Kemar is the same. Those two will add a little bit more potency to our attack, but it was good to see Sheldon Cottrell get a run out in this match, Tino Best also bowled well and so too Veerasammy Permaul, so everything is looking on course for next week."

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  • on November 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    I see there's still debate about Sammy's place in the team. There's no doubt that he does upset the balance of the team with bat and ball, but the reality is that his dogged determination and leadership skills to pull the Windies together as a unit takes first priority. Until there's someone who can fully commit to the role without any distractions of lucurative big-money t20 tournaments turning their head, we'll have to stick with Sammy. Now to the business of the tour of India, it's good to see some of the seniors get some runs under their belt and spend some much needed valuable time in the middle. Our bowlers won't bowl India out twice cheaply in their conditions, so it's crucial that we bat well, get some runs on the board and at the very least give our bowlers the freedom of creating some scoreboard pressure.

  • Cricmakessense on November 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    wish gayle to silence his critics... chanders to continue prove he's the tiger and shillingford to prove he's a better test bowler than narine is

  • nenez on November 4, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    If I were India, I would make Kolkata and Mumbai both slow turning wickets because with the exception of Chanderpaul, they will bowl this WIndies side out with ease! They will also score runs with ease because the pace bowling will lack any threat and bowl too short and when the pressure is on,Shillingford will bowl short and wide to be pulled or cut with regularity, India to win the series comfortably 2-0 if there is no rain AND I AM SAYING THIS AS A WINDIES FAN.

  • jimbond on November 4, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Despite his recent heroics, Sammy is a waste of space in the Test side. I would rather use part timers like Gayle and Samuels to fill in the gap of the fifth bowler. Cottrell, Roach, Shillingford, Permail/Best (Depending on the pitch) would be my four bowlers. For batting, Powell, Gayle, Samuels, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Bravo, followed by Ramdin would be first seven batsmen.

  • bajan0123 on November 4, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    My opinion is the WI need to play an extra batsman in the side. Lets be realistic, the WI batting has always been its downfall because of its inconsistency. l really don't see India being bowled out twice with their batting line up on these wickets. Shillingford is the WI spinner that is going to make a difference in these two test. I see a lot of people excluding Best but he is the one who won the series for the WI in Bangladesh on the same type of wickets.

  • on November 4, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Go with all batsman, this way they atleast have a chance to draw the test match...

  • on November 3, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    FOR INDIA TOUR

    I think the team should be 1. Gayle(C) 2. Powell 3. Bravo 4. Samuels 5. chandrapaul 6. Deonaraine 7. Ramdin 8. Permaul 9 . Roach 10.Shillingford 11. Cotterell

    Oneday team should be .1 Charles(wk) 2. Powell 3. Gayle 4. Samuels 5.D Bravo 6.Dwayne Bravo (C) 7. Pollard 8 Sunil Naraine 9.Cummins 10. Roach 11.S. Badree 12 Best

  • JoshFromJamRock on November 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Point one - Sammy should not be in the test side, HOWEVER, he would be among the first five guys i would put down for the limited overs squads. The only way he can stay is if he improves his batting by about 10-15 runs and increases his pace by 5-10 mph. If the former improves and Ramdin scores, WI can risk leaving out a batsman.

    Point two - The test team needs to be picked around the bowlers, not the batsmen, therefore four "diverse" frontline bowlers and two part-times will be enough. my choice: Deonarine, Samuels, Sammy, Roach, Cotterell and Shillingford...build the team around these guys.

    Point three - Regardless of who WI pick, they are going to lose 2-0 barring a miracle (specifically the weather).

  • on November 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Sammy has done a wonderful job when this team was in its darkest part he was the one, probably the only one at that time that could bring some fight and confident back in the players ,but its time the selectors shake his hand and tell him thanks for a job well done, because the team will never be balance with him as part of the eleven, THE BEST ELEVEN 1 GAYLE, 2 POWELL, 3 BRAVO, 4 SAMUEL, 5 CHANDERPAUL, 6 RAMDIN, 7 ROACH, 8 PERMAUL, 9 SHILLINGFORD, 10 BEST, 11 COTTREL, this is the best balance team to score runs and take 20 wickets.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 3, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    They either have 2 play both specialist spinners with 2 off the strike bowlers or the 3 pacers with Permaul and Deonarine (the best part time off spinner by far) if they're serious about getting 20 wickets

  • on November 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    I see there's still debate about Sammy's place in the team. There's no doubt that he does upset the balance of the team with bat and ball, but the reality is that his dogged determination and leadership skills to pull the Windies together as a unit takes first priority. Until there's someone who can fully commit to the role without any distractions of lucurative big-money t20 tournaments turning their head, we'll have to stick with Sammy. Now to the business of the tour of India, it's good to see some of the seniors get some runs under their belt and spend some much needed valuable time in the middle. Our bowlers won't bowl India out twice cheaply in their conditions, so it's crucial that we bat well, get some runs on the board and at the very least give our bowlers the freedom of creating some scoreboard pressure.

  • Cricmakessense on November 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    wish gayle to silence his critics... chanders to continue prove he's the tiger and shillingford to prove he's a better test bowler than narine is

  • nenez on November 4, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    If I were India, I would make Kolkata and Mumbai both slow turning wickets because with the exception of Chanderpaul, they will bowl this WIndies side out with ease! They will also score runs with ease because the pace bowling will lack any threat and bowl too short and when the pressure is on,Shillingford will bowl short and wide to be pulled or cut with regularity, India to win the series comfortably 2-0 if there is no rain AND I AM SAYING THIS AS A WINDIES FAN.

  • jimbond on November 4, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Despite his recent heroics, Sammy is a waste of space in the Test side. I would rather use part timers like Gayle and Samuels to fill in the gap of the fifth bowler. Cottrell, Roach, Shillingford, Permail/Best (Depending on the pitch) would be my four bowlers. For batting, Powell, Gayle, Samuels, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Bravo, followed by Ramdin would be first seven batsmen.

  • bajan0123 on November 4, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    My opinion is the WI need to play an extra batsman in the side. Lets be realistic, the WI batting has always been its downfall because of its inconsistency. l really don't see India being bowled out twice with their batting line up on these wickets. Shillingford is the WI spinner that is going to make a difference in these two test. I see a lot of people excluding Best but he is the one who won the series for the WI in Bangladesh on the same type of wickets.

  • on November 4, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Go with all batsman, this way they atleast have a chance to draw the test match...

  • on November 3, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    FOR INDIA TOUR

    I think the team should be 1. Gayle(C) 2. Powell 3. Bravo 4. Samuels 5. chandrapaul 6. Deonaraine 7. Ramdin 8. Permaul 9 . Roach 10.Shillingford 11. Cotterell

    Oneday team should be .1 Charles(wk) 2. Powell 3. Gayle 4. Samuels 5.D Bravo 6.Dwayne Bravo (C) 7. Pollard 8 Sunil Naraine 9.Cummins 10. Roach 11.S. Badree 12 Best

  • JoshFromJamRock on November 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Point one - Sammy should not be in the test side, HOWEVER, he would be among the first five guys i would put down for the limited overs squads. The only way he can stay is if he improves his batting by about 10-15 runs and increases his pace by 5-10 mph. If the former improves and Ramdin scores, WI can risk leaving out a batsman.

    Point two - The test team needs to be picked around the bowlers, not the batsmen, therefore four "diverse" frontline bowlers and two part-times will be enough. my choice: Deonarine, Samuels, Sammy, Roach, Cotterell and Shillingford...build the team around these guys.

    Point three - Regardless of who WI pick, they are going to lose 2-0 barring a miracle (specifically the weather).

  • on November 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Sammy has done a wonderful job when this team was in its darkest part he was the one, probably the only one at that time that could bring some fight and confident back in the players ,but its time the selectors shake his hand and tell him thanks for a job well done, because the team will never be balance with him as part of the eleven, THE BEST ELEVEN 1 GAYLE, 2 POWELL, 3 BRAVO, 4 SAMUEL, 5 CHANDERPAUL, 6 RAMDIN, 7 ROACH, 8 PERMAUL, 9 SHILLINGFORD, 10 BEST, 11 COTTREL, this is the best balance team to score runs and take 20 wickets.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 3, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    They either have 2 play both specialist spinners with 2 off the strike bowlers or the 3 pacers with Permaul and Deonarine (the best part time off spinner by far) if they're serious about getting 20 wickets

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @bajan0123 So 2 small pace bowlers with similar action 1 off spinner and 2 poor part timers with Sammy is going to get 20 Indian wickets in India ?

  • bajan0123 on November 3, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    The WI are not going to drop Bravo, Best or Sammy. The WI are going to be fine with two pacers. Shillingford is going to lead the spin attack. He is the best spinner the WI have in test. Samuel and Gayle are going to have to carry a some of the bowling load. The WI batsmen have to perform well. The openers must give the team a great start. My starting eleven would be 1. Gayle 2. Powell 3. Edwards 4. Bravo 5. Samuel 6. Chanderpaul 7. Ramdin 8. Sammy 9.Roach 10. Best 11. Shillingford.12. Permaul.

  • on November 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    well said guys west indies need to play Sheldon Cottrell because of his pace and left arm angle knowing these tracks in India if their is nothing in them he can provide that angle, and they cant get carried away thinking spin is the way to go because that may just play in India's favor, and Sammy and Ramdin need to step up their batting game and Sammy is not a first change bowler you need to be able to maintained pressure and a batting team for longer than just a hour in test match not just your two open bowler then easy pickings if the Indian team see's that they will just see of the opening bowlers because they know its going to get easy with Sammy as first change, you need 20 wickets to wins a game and good bowling line up so you don't get bat out of the game. MY ELEVEN 1 GAYLE, 2 POWELL, 3 BRAVO, 4 SAMUEL, 5 CHANDERPAUL, 6 RAMDIN, 7 SAMMY, 8 ROACH, 9 PERMAUL, 10 SHILLINGFORD, 11 COTTRELL.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Powell 3.Samuels 4.Deonarine /Bravp 5. Chanderpaul 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy 8.Best 9.Roach 10.Permaull 11.Cottrell/Shillingford (depending on track) This would have to be my 11, If they go with just Permaul then Deonarine will have to replace Bravo so he can bowl his off spin. I want to see W.I be aggressive take a chance have they come to win or just bow down to Sachin and India . . .

  • pull_shot on November 3, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    This man chawla never learn home ground with 6-7 years first class experience never comes good

  • SNIFFLEATHER on November 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I don't see how we can pick Sammy, Roach, Shillingford and Permaul. Two spinners will mean only one genuine pacer. Can't go into a test match with that. The only alternative is to go in a batsman short and we also can't afford that luxury. Fact is, Deonarine is a pretty handy spinner, so he can be relied on to take over at one end. His recent forrays in the test arena have been fruitful, so hopefully it'll be enough. Samuels will also be used and possibly Gayle too. However, these three are all off spinners, which, added to Shillingford, makes a quartet of off spinners in the team - a far cry from four quicks! Point is, variation is lacking if we choose Shillingford over Permaul - I personally would have liked to see Nikita Miller selected but it wasn't to be. Lets not underestimate the role of the quicks here though guys, damage up front is always the best way to start. Roach and either Cotterrrell or Best must take the new ball, can't start off with Sammy - would be negative.

  • Mayaro_Man on November 3, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST Absolutely correct. Both have shown the capacity at Test level and given the shallow look of the bowling against a state side, we will be needing the extra bowler. I would go with 2 pacers, 2 spinners and Sammy as a containing bowler with occasional help from Samuels and Shiv if he remembers his earlier leg-spinning days. I think Cotterell should be picked ahead of Best who is useless if the wicket has nothing in it. Cotterell can also clock 150+ and provides the left armer angle, like Mitchell Johnson (if our selectors have been following that series).

  • on November 3, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Hoping for a repeat of this performance in first test.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 2, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Need al 3 if they are to take 20 wickets and Sammy and Ramdin will have to step up with the bat at 6/7 W.I can't play 6 batsman here.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on November 2, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Good prep guys, all of the top seven spent time at the crease and scored runs. Bowlers had a decent spell too, wickets for Best and Cotterrell - tough decision for the selectors on who is paired with Roachy for the new ball...maybe the extra pace of Best...or the left arm angle of new boy Sheldon? Bodes well going into what will hopefully be a competitive series.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on November 2, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Good prep guys, all of the top seven spent time at the crease and scored runs. Bowlers had a decent spell too, wickets for Best and Cotterrell - tough decision for the selectors on who is paired with Roachy for the new ball...maybe the extra pace of Best...or the left arm angle of new boy Sheldon? Bodes well going into what will hopefully be a competitive series.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 2, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Need al 3 if they are to take 20 wickets and Sammy and Ramdin will have to step up with the bat at 6/7 W.I can't play 6 batsman here.

  • on November 3, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Hoping for a repeat of this performance in first test.

  • Mayaro_Man on November 3, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST Absolutely correct. Both have shown the capacity at Test level and given the shallow look of the bowling against a state side, we will be needing the extra bowler. I would go with 2 pacers, 2 spinners and Sammy as a containing bowler with occasional help from Samuels and Shiv if he remembers his earlier leg-spinning days. I think Cotterell should be picked ahead of Best who is useless if the wicket has nothing in it. Cotterell can also clock 150+ and provides the left armer angle, like Mitchell Johnson (if our selectors have been following that series).

  • SNIFFLEATHER on November 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I don't see how we can pick Sammy, Roach, Shillingford and Permaul. Two spinners will mean only one genuine pacer. Can't go into a test match with that. The only alternative is to go in a batsman short and we also can't afford that luxury. Fact is, Deonarine is a pretty handy spinner, so he can be relied on to take over at one end. His recent forrays in the test arena have been fruitful, so hopefully it'll be enough. Samuels will also be used and possibly Gayle too. However, these three are all off spinners, which, added to Shillingford, makes a quartet of off spinners in the team - a far cry from four quicks! Point is, variation is lacking if we choose Shillingford over Permaul - I personally would have liked to see Nikita Miller selected but it wasn't to be. Lets not underestimate the role of the quicks here though guys, damage up front is always the best way to start. Roach and either Cotterrrell or Best must take the new ball, can't start off with Sammy - would be negative.

  • pull_shot on November 3, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    This man chawla never learn home ground with 6-7 years first class experience never comes good

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Powell 3.Samuels 4.Deonarine /Bravp 5. Chanderpaul 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy 8.Best 9.Roach 10.Permaull 11.Cottrell/Shillingford (depending on track) This would have to be my 11, If they go with just Permaul then Deonarine will have to replace Bravo so he can bowl his off spin. I want to see W.I be aggressive take a chance have they come to win or just bow down to Sachin and India . . .

  • on November 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    well said guys west indies need to play Sheldon Cottrell because of his pace and left arm angle knowing these tracks in India if their is nothing in them he can provide that angle, and they cant get carried away thinking spin is the way to go because that may just play in India's favor, and Sammy and Ramdin need to step up their batting game and Sammy is not a first change bowler you need to be able to maintained pressure and a batting team for longer than just a hour in test match not just your two open bowler then easy pickings if the Indian team see's that they will just see of the opening bowlers because they know its going to get easy with Sammy as first change, you need 20 wickets to wins a game and good bowling line up so you don't get bat out of the game. MY ELEVEN 1 GAYLE, 2 POWELL, 3 BRAVO, 4 SAMUEL, 5 CHANDERPAUL, 6 RAMDIN, 7 SAMMY, 8 ROACH, 9 PERMAUL, 10 SHILLINGFORD, 11 COTTRELL.

  • bajan0123 on November 3, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    The WI are not going to drop Bravo, Best or Sammy. The WI are going to be fine with two pacers. Shillingford is going to lead the spin attack. He is the best spinner the WI have in test. Samuel and Gayle are going to have to carry a some of the bowling load. The WI batsmen have to perform well. The openers must give the team a great start. My starting eleven would be 1. Gayle 2. Powell 3. Edwards 4. Bravo 5. Samuel 6. Chanderpaul 7. Ramdin 8. Sammy 9.Roach 10. Best 11. Shillingford.12. Permaul.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 3, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @bajan0123 So 2 small pace bowlers with similar action 1 off spinner and 2 poor part timers with Sammy is going to get 20 Indian wickets in India ?