SL President's XI v West Indians, tour match, Colombo, 1st day

Two-paced wicket caught us by surprise - Nash

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

November 10, 2010

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored a patient 33, SLC President's XI v West Indians, SSC, 1st day, November 10, 2010
Brendan Nash: "Shiv and I batted together for a while and a few of the other guys showed signs of hanging there for a little bit" © AFP
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West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka got off to a disappointing start when the tourists were bundled out for 176 by seam and spin on the first day of their three-day match against Sri Lanka President's XI at the SSC. Only middle-order batsmen Brendan Nash and Shivnarine Chanderpaul got useful practice out in the middle ahead of next Monday's first Test in Galle.

The pair rescued West Indies from 29 for 3 with a partnership of 81 before spinners Ajantha Mendis and Malinga Bandara wrapped up the lower order. Nash who scored 62 off 107 balls said, "We would have liked to have batted some more overs and got used to the conditions over here. The wicket was quite good although it played a few little tricks. Maybe it was just one of those things where we started the tour a little slowly today.

"Shiv and I batted together for a while and a few of the other guys showed signs of hanging there for a little bit. We were a little disappointed by the way we batted but we were surprised by the wicket being quite easy to bat on. Maybe that took us a little bit by surprise and we didn't adjust as well as we should have."

Describing his maiden half-century in the subcontinent, Nash said, "I was a little scratchy in patches for my first innings in this part of the world. Personally I am pleased with it - the mental and physical side of things.

"I was interested with the pace of the wicket, it was two-paced. Just when you thought you were sort of going quite easy something would happen to keep you on your toes. Although it was a nice wicket to bat on, every now and then it reminded you that something can happen out there."

Nash said that West Indies should take a good look at their batting today and establish how they were going to move on from there. "We got this out of our system and had a bit of a knock in the middle, so we got to know the conditions and what they are going to be like. We can learn from today. We have to move forward and keep going."

Nash expressed surprise in the way the home team approached their batting. "The top four batsmen who came out played real shots. They obviously had a plan to come out quite hard and score runs quickly. We sort of pegged them back towards the end by taking a few wickets.

"It's a three-day match and there is plenty of time. The wicket might break up a little bit more so it would be another test for our batsmen and bowlers to use those conditions," he said.

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Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 11:55 GMT)

match shud start as scheduled...rains will reduce

Posted by crickstats on (November 12, 2010, 1:04 GMT)

A Five day wash out in the offing...I can't imagine a test match in the coastal belt after the rains, I think the reschedule the 1st test Dambulla before it is too long. and I heard there is not that much rain in Kandy

Posted by   on (November 11, 2010, 4:47 GMT)

lol! it will be a miracle if the match gets under way on thursday (or even friday for that matter) considering the torrential rainfall we've been having in colombo since last night... :O hope you windies enjoy your stay in SL!! cheers~

Posted by DwightR on (November 10, 2010, 19:55 GMT)

this is pretty much how its gonna be through out the series..SL is too talented for this west indies squad, WI lives n dies off the performance of Chris Gayle. they will also regrett the decision to drop sarwan which i will never understand.

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