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)

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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  • Bad 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

  • Len 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.

  • James 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.

  • ANDREW 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2013, 2:22 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 22:36 GMT


    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

  • Joshua 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).

  • Dummy4 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.

  • o 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