West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Bridgetown, 2nd day

Chanderpaul ton gives hosts advantage

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

April 8, 2012

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Australia 44 for 0 trail West Indies 449 for 9 dec (Chanderpaul 103*, K Edwards 61, Brathwaite 57, Bravo 51) by 405 runs
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul pushes the ball to leg, West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Barbados, 2nd day, April 8, 2012
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 25th Test ton © AFP
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul not only has one of the longest names in world cricket but also one of the longest attention spans. The Australians know this because four years ago in the Caribbean he averaged more than four hours per innings against them. Little has changed. Chanderpaul's six-hour unbeaten century in the first Test in Barbados has given West Indies the upper hand against Australia, although they must hope the time their batsmen used won't cost them later in the game.

The dour West Indian display ended late in the afternoon when Darren Sammy declared, a rare privilege during his tenure as Test captain, at 449 for 9. It was the first time West Indies had ever had all 11 batsmen reach double figures in a Test innings, although they did so at a run rate of less than three an over. Australia's openers survived until stumps and were 44 for 0, with David Warner on 27 and Ed Cowan on 13, and much work lay ahead for the visitors.

It is unlikely that men such as Warner, Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting will trickle along slowly on a good batting pitch, but they would be wise to exercise at least some of the caution shown by the likes of Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo over the past two days. At times the West Indies innings threatened to stagnate, but it wasn't dormant for too long at a time.

Sammy himself made sure of that with a highly entertaining 41 from 36 balls. He batted just like he had during the limited-overs games last month and did not resist his naturally attacking urges. But there was aggression from both sides during a fascinating period in which Sammy was clearly shaken by a Watson bouncer that struck him on the back of the helmet as he ducked and turned his head.

Sammy's response was to launch the next ball from Watson high and straight back over his head for six, to the cheers of the West Indian fans. But in what was perhaps a delayed reaction, Sammy appeared to be struggling at the end of the over when he received attention from the team doctor, and it took a few minutes for him to decide that he would bat on.

Earlier, Sammy had shown his intent with three powerful fours off the offspin of Nathan Lyon and after his blow to the head nothing changed. He pulled Watson for another six reminiscent of some of the strokes he played in the ODIs and cleared the cow corner boundary off Ben Hilfenhaus, who eventually removed him when Sammy top-edged an attempted pull to deep midwicket.

Chanderpaul had scored only eight during his 53-run partnership with Sammy but that was hardly surprising, for he is not the type to get caught up in the moment. He scored his runs with typically Chanderpaulesque nudges, clips and prods, although he also showed a willingness to attack when the opportunity arose and lofted Nathan Lyon's offspin down the ground for six.

Along the way, Chanderpaul moved past Brian Lara to become the highest Test run scorer at Kensington Oval, and at length his century arrived with a swivel pull for two from his 235th delivery. With that stroke, he moved past Viv Richards into outright third on the list of all-time West Indies Test centurions with his 25th hundred.

Chanderpaul had been in the nineties when the No.11 Devendra Bishoo came to the crease and although he didn't hurry to triple figures, he had no need to thanks to the ample support he received. Bishoo finished not out on 18 and Chanderpaul had 103 when the declaration arrived, as the Australian bowlers struggled to string wickets together.

They managed only two after tea, Kemar Roach caught at slip off Lyon for 16 and Fidel Edwards caught at long-on for 10 when he pulled David Warner's legspin. Two wickets had also fallen in the middle session of the day, the loss of Sammy preceded by the run-out of Carlton Baugh for 22. Baugh took off for a single when Chanderpaul turned a ball from Lyon behind square leg and was caught short by Ryan Harris' direct hit when sent back by Chanderpaul.

That ended a 31-run stand that had nearly been stifled in its first few deliveries when Ricky Ponting at slip dropped a tough chance when Baugh was on 4. The run-out was a bonus for the Australians, who used eight bowlers in a Test innings for the first time since the Delhi Test against India in 2008, as they sought a way through the gritty West Indian batting order.

During the first session, Chanderpaul lost two partners, Darren Bravo for 51 and Narsingh Deonarine for 21. Bravo and Chanderpaul had compiled a 73-run partnership before the breakthrough eventually arrived when Bravo drove on the up and edged Watson to gully. It was no surprise that Bravo fell to an edge; he had brought up his half-century with an edge wide of slip off Peter Siddle from his 114th delivery and had slashed a streaky boundary over gully the previous ball.

Australia followed with the wicket of Deonarine, who tried to work a shortish ball from Ryan Harris down into the ground and behind square leg but succeeded only in top-edging a catch for the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Fortunately for West Indies, another Guyanese left-hander was able to stick around for much longer.

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Posted by JG2704 on (April 9, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Have to say well done to WI. I know they are at home but a 400+ score is ok on any surface and Ok they may not have pushed the game forward as fast as they could have but by doing that they may have got all out 150-200 runs light. They possibly have batted slightly too long if they want to win this game but I'm sure a draw is a better result for WI and if you had said to them they'd score comfortably over 400 they'd have bitten your hand off. Well played Shiv. Too few people IMO mention him alongside the modern greats but this guy has been Mr consistent for years and the WI have been far more reliant on him than others on their star batsmen. Good effort WI batsmen but I'm sure Aus batsmen can still force a game of this.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 9, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

@ Marcio on (April 09 2012, 07:19 AM GMT) This test is already 2 days old. Don't think this is a 6 day test.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 9, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

@Spelele on (April 08 2012, 22:02 PM GMT) A number of WI fans wanted them to declare sooner in order to push the game forward. To get up to 500 might take another 20 overs and that's if they get there. No good moaning about drawing test matches when a little ambition can turn a draw into a win. Of course Aus could still win from here but it would take a big effort and besides WI have probably already exceeded expectation by adding so many runs for the last 3 or 4 wickets

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 9, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Harry_Kool & Gangitano

Youve played India at home after England whitewashed them and served them up on a plate for you....finding it abit tougher away from home yea? Lets not forget you lost at home to NZ and recently got bowled out for 27 or something

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

I have to give Darren Sammy super credit. This man has changed my mind about him. He is far more talented that I initially believed. In addition he has rallied his team brilliantly in recent years.

Good for the Islanders :)

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Much have to be said about the "Guyana Wall" innings, because he deserves it. The runs are on the board, thats a lot more than Australia can say at this moment. Roach and Edwards will have much to say also. Lets see if this pitch is really dead and flat.

This must be the weakest Aussie team to tour WI, except, of-course, Bob Simpson's in the Packer era.

Posted by vrn59 on (April 9, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Good fighting performance from WI batsmen! The entire top order scoring half-centuries is great for this young team. Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed again why he is a top-rated batsman. He is fast approaching 10,000 runs in Test cricket and a batting average of 50 runs per innings. Fantastic! The bowlers must now give it everything they've got. F Edwards and Roach must hit the deck hard and maintain a good line and length and they will get wickets. Sammy is a good bowler; batsmen underestimate him at times (like Virender Sehwag did when WI toured India) and tend to take him on and lose their wickets. Bishoo is a fantastic talent but he needs to put in some substantial performances to be deemed as a match-winner. On the whole, good all-round show from the West Indies!

Posted by OzWally on (April 9, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

As I said yesterday, par 1st innings score for WI would be 350 (well done to get 450), but now Australia will bat for next 2 days, lead by 200 and see if WI save the game. Great pitch to pad your batting stats on. Just heard SRT is catching a flight to Barbados as we talk.

Posted by VinodGupte on (April 9, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

declaration by WI is actually an insult to AUS bowlers who could not knock them down despite using 8 bowlers. well done, sammy.

Posted by Marcio on (April 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

As an Aussie, I for one will supporting the team win, lose or draw. The team has aquited itself very well in the last year, and has won far more than it has lost, so I for one won't be jumping on the side of the bashers after one innings where things didn't go as well as planned (and just ignore the Poms - too much bitter ale). The reality is they bowled quite well, even despite the score. The WI barely scored above two runs an over for most of the innings, and there were numerous edges which didn't go to fieldsmen. This is a very, very flat wicket, and that is the reality. The WI concentrated well to get to 450, and that is a decent score. Full credit to them. But neither is ait a great score on this surface. Austrlalia will have to play well to match the score, but it is reasonable to expect they can, given that they scored 10% of the WI total in just 9 overs already.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

WI can slip pass the Aussies. I can c the WI being very competitive against the Aussies. WHY? The Aussies bowling attack suits the taste of WI batters. Pace, fast medium, medium & avg spin, suit the WI batters. And of course friendly pitches(batting). Once WI can put runs on the tin, they will be hard to beat. They also give themselves a good chance of beating the Aussies. Fidel, Bishoo, & Deonaraine r WI trump. Give Deo a few early overs agst the lefties. Most lefties r uncomfortable agst off-break bowling & Deo is more than an avg bowler, much better than Samuels. They r batting on a 3rd day pitch & it will spin, & give some bounce, trust me. And don't forget Sammy, they will target him & make mistakes.

Posted by rockyyy on (April 9, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

wi is the team of the future!!!!!!! if no injuries to them

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

I will say agin that the improving performances in not because of Sammy and Gibson but in spite of them. This is a natural progression - every team has existed in the doldrums for years but then progressed. England is a perfect example. And this progression is the result of unearthing talent, their skills being honed because of their efforts with their various national teams and their own work ethic and aspirations. So the improvement would have come regardless of who's captain and coach. And the fact remains that Sammy is agood T20 and ODI player but should not have been in the test team. That place should have been held by Ramhpal who is a thinking bowler and has been the Windies strike bowler over the last year or so. There is no doubt that he will be missed today especially given that while both Fidel and Roach are fast they are one diemnsional bowlers. Windies will have to look to Bishoo to produce something special otherwise this will be a high scoring draw.

Posted by crickethung on (April 9, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

WI have no where to go with this negative cricket. Ok, we accept Chanderpaul but how will we ever win with so many wanna be Chanders.

Posted by crickethung on (April 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

WI may be able to draw a few tests but to win with both Braithwaie and Chanderpaul making runs will be near impossible. We seem happy just to show up to play cricket. All the winning teams are teams with some aggression. If we are comfortable just competing then great. Good knock from Chanders though. I hope that losing over the past 15 years have not brought us to te place where we are simply grateful to be able to compete.

Posted by SuperSharky on (April 9, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

More positive vibrations from the West Indies. And the WICB feels more irie. I think the West Indies have the perfect system for their diverse setup. They've got a few islands to cover and it is hard to represent every island in the West Indies. Now that their top players can earn some earnings in IPL India, their depth in talent has become better and better. No longer will it have a huge negative effect on the NOW BIG West Indian squad, when some of their players are taking a holiday. And even with such a big squad, each and every one of them are now a hero. And I can think of no-one else than Sammy to lead such a BIG squad, because he stays loyal to west indies soil and keep the irie vibes in the big squad.

Posted by Hussain on (April 9, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

so slow scoreing without gayle WI had difficult time

Posted by hhillbumper on (April 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

a good days work by the Windies.It would appear that Warner is the new Aussie Spinner.Lyon does not look like much use and seemingly continues that recent phenom of the non spinning Aussie slow bowler

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Once again an other poor struggling team made famous by a poor India. It happened to england and now to australia.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Hot Rod "says", that this wicket is flat as are all the bowlers who have bowled on it! Oz have discovered a new bowler though who bowls slow straight non spinning balls, ideal against flat footed, overrated English batsman. The new mystery man WARNER! as I predict they will stack the team with second hand spinners ie North, Katich, G.Chappell (underarm) and then the Ashes will return home.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

This is a great step forward for WI and for cricket. Long overdue! Please bring this form to the UK, i might go and watch.

Posted by Gangitano on (April 9, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

RednWhiteArmy you still a bit sore after 20 years of aus making you lot look like idiots.......? and dont forget you just drew with Sri lanka atfer a whitewash from Pakistan, Safrica will show you how its done.... then India then Aus... you will be back where you belong at no 5 or something

Posted by JustIPL on (April 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Wonderful performance by windies. They are developing at the expense of Indians. After getting gayleless they have become fearless. India visited them to prepare for england tour but windies took full advantage by testing a lot of talent. At last they have Gayle again which is cherry on the cake. Sarwan will also be back and then it is step ahead. Good thing that WI developed horses for courses. Facing Pakistan bowling will be their litmus test. They gave tough time to India in India as well and now this confident batting display agaisnst the struggling Aussies.

Posted by Chris_P on (April 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Not sure why everyone is going about the bowling on a pitch that hasn't offered anything to the bowlers. Had the Aussies taken the catches offered, they would have been in a really dominant position. The catching has been exceptionally poor and this is one aspect that will prevent competitive performances against the top teams. Warner & Cowan, for those who actually watched it, were in total control and cruising on a deck that is offering absolutely nothing to the bowlers. Unless something dramatic happens to this potch or one side tosses it away, it will be a very dull draw, not a good advertisement for test cricket. Kudos to Chanderpaul, who is a class act. Well done.

Posted by Valavan on (April 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

And again no idea why indian fans run over Australian bowlers, windies batted sensibly and give credit there. Windies played Aussie pacemen better than India. For anyone's info, barbados is never a slow and sluggish pitch, it favours fast bowling and sensible batting. @rahulcricket007, Dravid made a century in Jamaica NOT Barbados, so your comment itself incorrect. Hail improving Windies rather than runnong down Aussie bowlers. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Harry_Kool on (April 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy. Of course we are, we have only lost one test of our last 9, now that is a huge drop. I guess when we lose 4 in a row we might really be worried.

Posted by mikey76 on (April 9, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

The West Indies are killing their chances of producing quality quick bowlers with stodgy tracks like this where the ball bounces stump height. In Roach and Edwards (and Best) they have some useful quick bowlers who can hurry up the best of batsmen, but not on dross like this.

Posted by Hammond on (April 9, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

@RandyOz interesting comments. Firstly the use of predicted excuse number one, ie flat track, waiting for the blame to fall on the saffie coach. Second didn't realize that pattinson was that good that he himself all alone dragged a bog average Aussie attack into "the best bowling attack in the world" he must be lindwall lillee and McGrath all rolled into one to do that. I will enjoy watching the windies out bat Australia in this series against a bog average attack.

Posted by oze13 on (April 9, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

The Kensington Oval resembled the factory floor at Four 'n' Twenty. ie pie throwers everywhere! No decent fast bowlers and their best spinner is a batsmen. I'm still waiting to know if randyOZ has seen Johnson, Hughes, Beer and Smith? Thought not!

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Need to see how the next three days pan out, but signs are, that a very crap Indian side made Hilfenhaus Siddle and Lyon look like world beaters. Any sensible analysis is that neither Hilf nor Siddle have much growth left in their careers and thus leaving a lot on dodgy Harris and the very raw Pattinson and Cummins. And Dave Warner of course spinning the ball.

Posted by Marcio on (April 9, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

A decent total, but not a great one in the conditions. The slowness of the batting gives AUS a perfect chance to bat for 2 days & then send the WI in on the last 2 days with a lead of 150 or so, and press for a win. As for moaning about the bowling, good bowlers don't suddenly become bad b/c of conceding a 450 score on a flat track. Siddle & Harris have proven themselvs in a wide variety of conditions across the world, incl. in SL & SA. Lyon is also a promising bowler, despite some comments here. He'll bounce back. And Hilfy is also excellent in the right conditions. You can't have brilliant performances every game. I point to the strange human tendency to think the last 5 minutes represents "the way it really is". AUS have won the last 7/11 tests, lost 2. Excellent. These guys will be back, & well. A draw appears to be the most likely outcome here, thanks to the curator. Whoever is batting come day 5 will be the team that might lose it. That's why AUS will want to bat for 2 days.

Posted by DickCam on (April 9, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Siddle, not surprisingly is useless on a flat deck, as is Hilfenhaus. Aussies should consider a left armer for some variety.

Posted by gagagaga on (April 9, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

This might sound funny to say....but poor batting from the west Indians! 450 runs in two full days (almost) is not good for the match. The pitch seems to be set-up for a draw and they looked like they were batting for it.

The ICC should look at pitches which dont offer anything for the bowlers in the same regard for pitches that offer too much. A nice balance of movement for bowlers early, then it settles down to give the batsman the opportunity in the middle stages of the match and finally turn at the end of the game. ALL PLAYERS IN THE GAME SHOULD BE ABLE TO DISPLAY THEIR SKILLS. not just the bowler or batsmen in the game, but bowler/batsmen.

They showed a previous game at the ground Eng V WI, Eng dec/ 600, WI dec/740 Eng dec/240 MATCH DRAWN: Not good for cricket

just my 2 cents

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 9, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

The aussies are in freefall...quite sad really

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

i think aussie will recover this

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (April 9, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Aussie bowling had to struggle on such non-swinging pitches. Argus report has made sure that aus bowlers like eng rely heavily on swinging conditions to do well.

Posted by vamshi_teamindia on (April 9, 2012, 5:30 GMT)


Posted by steve19191 on (April 9, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Good to see that the Windies have a chance albeit against one of the weaker teams in world cricket at the moment, lets hope they can put some decent spells together and nick a lead of 150 or so.

Posted by csowmi7 on (April 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Lyon showing that he is still at best a club level bowler. Hilfenhaus and Siddle may have got wickets against India on seaming conditions against an ageing batting line-up but they are average bowlers at best as seen in the Ashes. Australia are being short minded in their selection and should Pattinson or Cummins a go.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 9, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

the aussies are in freefall, the windies should have declared when they got 250, then bowled them out for 150, go back in, score 50 more and let the aussies try & fail to chase a modest total...easy

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 9, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

This is exactly the reason why Pattinson should've played. Although Siddle and Hilfenhaus had a good last series, they are too much of the same type of bowler in these condditions. One of them surely has to be dropped for Pattinson in the next game. Being a nice bloke should not get you a test spot. At least now though the batsmen can carve up on this absolute road. Looking forward to Punter and Pup centuries!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 9, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Good work by the Windies. There's still a bit to go in the match and it will be interesting to see how the wicket performs during the day. There still could be a result; days 4 and 5 may begin to take spin.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Have the bowlers lost their ability to bowl yorkers at this top level?I am sure Sammy would have got only half the amount of runs if the bowlers hit the batting crease at least a coupla times.Lyons bowling was very ordinary and one dimensional, I didnt see him change his pace much or use his crease at all.Warner might be alright with a few less long-hops.The catching was a let down as well,but overall under 500 wont be enough.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Let us hope that Chanderpaul work for the West Indies must be backed that up with the ball

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Well done Shivnarine Chanderpaul, for passing the legendary Sir Vivian Richards and confirming your position amongst the pantheon of West Indian greats! For those of you bemoaning the run rate: who of you would have scoffed at 449/9 at the start of play? Considering this is principally a very young, inexperienced West Indies side, I don't believe you could have asked for a better performance... As for Australia, Clarke's decision to use eight bowlers says it all... An unfriendly pitch, really... Not sure how Cummins or Pattinson would have fared in these conditions, but my guess is the outcome would have been similar... Tomorrow will be interesting...

Posted by Busie1979 on (April 9, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

Great effort West Indies. They've been a big surprise - although another ton by Chanderpaul is no surprise at all. West Indies have resorted to old fashioned test cricket - replacing flair with grit and determination. It shows that old school cricket still has its place - which is increasingly rare these days. While far from world beaters, this west indian team is a competitive team again, which world cricket desperately needs. Australia have more talent, and if they can buckle down like this West Indian team, the runs will flow easier and they should win the series, but it won't be easy.

Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 9, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

WI have done an amazing job ... but they cannot rest ... they alongwith Bangladesh are used to relaxing after playing well in one innings... How often do we see such teams fodling in the second innings to give the opposition a chance ... Go WI go ... !!!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (April 9, 2012, 3:27 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

The Gibson/Sammy haters in the caribbean predicted a 5-0 whitewash for Aust in the ODI series. That finished 2-2 with one tie and it could easily have been 3-2 in favor of WI if Sammy and Roach did not have a mental lapse in the tied game. They also predicted a 2-0 victory for Aust in the 20/20. That finished 1-1. They then predicted that Aust will run us over when the Test series started. Now that we have started with 400+ in our first innings what do you all predict now? In the mean time I am giving my full support to our team.

Posted by Chris_P on (April 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

The Aussies's fielding was deplorable. The Windies, on this track batted far too slowly. A day's batting will see the Aussies make a fairly large score on what is still a great batting track, a day & half's batting should see a substantial score. But the fielding, absolutely disgraceful for a team at this level.

Posted by derpherp on (April 9, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

good work to both teams, but if only the windies run rate was better, there would be a better chance of a result

Posted by tappee74 on (April 9, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Congrats Shiv,you are still the greatest batsman in side and one of the greatest in the world.I wish our selectors had some vision and had allowed you to play in the other formats of the game.All the best from Behari of Orlando FL.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

Oh please, CreamIce. We don't make the pitches flat--the nature of the soil has actually changed due to all this global warming half of America insists doesn't actually exist. And could we please stop with the lame 'the pitches don't suit us' excuses. Nobody cares about that when it's them playing host. If you're the best, you're the best everywhere. Just ask Windies of old.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (April 9, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

Congrats to the Windies who showed up just how 'good' the Aussie bowling attack is. I'm beginning to wonder whether Lyon does actually turn the ball? Brilliant to see the grounds full again in the Windies. Really hope this is the start of a long-term revival.

Posted by Rajeev1996 on (April 9, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

WI ,for once, batted well. Shiv Chanderpaul batted was good but the tailenders were impressive[except Edwards, but he probably will bowl well] Bishoo and Roach really clung on to help the Tiger pass Viv Richards in the quantity of test hundreds,but the slowness could be the West Indies' demise. Australia could hang on for a draw,but a draw is better than a loss. Tommorow will be the most deciding day in this match.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

I am proud of the guys now just limit the AUSSIES runs

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Good pitch. It had good carry, bounce and pace. Sammy batted beautifully...no...i'm not his relative..just a huge fan of this dedicated WI cricketer.

Posted by balajik1968 on (April 9, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

The West Indies has taken their time. But this is a side which has been hammered for a long time. Obviously they are cautious. It is only when they start winning regularly that they can afford to be agressive. Give this team time. They have been losing but not as badly as in the past.

Posted by Lamsalsandesh on (April 9, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Thats why Chandra has never got list out in TOP 10 BATs man in the word. He has fasion of Cricket.

Posted by Balb on (April 9, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

Well done WI. Well done Shiv. Wi need to put the pressure on. Rotate all the bowlers. Catches win matches. Every run well fielded is a run saved.

Matches like these will bring back crowded stands. People will start to believe again. If WI take them out under 300 and score quickly, they can chalk up their first test win against Australia after a long long time.

Keep the pressure on.

Posted by mateyman on (April 9, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

As an Australian, I always used to think of WIndies pitches as fast, hard and bouncy - sort of like Australian pitches with less green on them. However, clearly WI pitches are much more like those on the subcontinent and more suited to attritional cricket

Posted by CreamIce on (April 9, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

Its almost hard to believe that these WI pitches used to be all fast and bouncy back in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. They have been to make India like flat pitches ever since they started becoming mediocre.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

I just wish he could score those runs a bit quicker to give the bowler time to do their jobs. These run rate cannot continue if west Indies are to start winning regularly.

Posted by krishay on (April 9, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Congrats to the 'Tiger' Shiv Chanderpaul. He continues to be one of the most underrated achievers in the cricketing arena!!!!! A TRUE GREAT IN WEST INDIES CRICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!i

Posted by paul_21353 on (April 9, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Good job so far by the WI but the job is not over, they need to bowl out the Aussies and have strong lead heading into the second innings, post a good total rather fast and try to bowl out the Aussies. Tough task but possible nonetheless.

Posted by yocasi on (April 9, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Well done, Windies. Beautiful to see everyone chip in with the bat. A disciplined bowling & fielding effort should put us in a position to pressure the Aussies.

Posted by jonesytoo on (April 8, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

Superb effort from Australia to restrict the Windies to 450 on this pitch given how limited their bowling attack is. I'm sure once they have their first choice bowlers back there'll be no stopping them.

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (April 8, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

This was a great batting performance by West Indies one of my favourites in world cricket after SL. They should take the upper hand in this macth with a hudge lead which will make their way for a victory against Aussies. Last week I heard Sir Jeffrey Boycott was making comments about this test series before it begins and he was underestatimating WI team saying they have no batting power with an aging Chandrepaul,who prooved he still has cricket left in his career. Jefrrey never resppects other cricketers those who perform well against his own English side. He believes and has interest only about engligh players those achieved no. 1 test rank only last year and never won a cricket world cup. He might want to use this series to make judgements about forthcoming Eng vs. WI series in England and this is a great response by WI team for under estimating WI.

Posted by Keepa-batsman on (April 8, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

They need a strike bowler (cummins/pattinson)

Posted by ramps_wi on (April 8, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Imagine all batsmen making double figures good record against Aus, that pitch has to be a batsman paradise

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

i love it fellas early wickets tomorrow fidel and kemar ,alyuh home. It's a shame narine is in india but we could do it fellas believe.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (April 8, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Great effort and maturity demonstrated by the West Indian batsmen and tremendous patience shown by Chanderpaul as usual. However this pitch looks like a batsman's paradise so don't be surprised to see the Aussies with the likes of Warner, Ponting Clarke and Watson pile up an even bigger total. In other words I smell a draw.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (April 8, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Though WI accrued a largish total the entertainment was confined to a cameo from Sammy and Warner for a bit with ball and bat. I was ready to hang myself as C'paul continually patted completely innocuous deliveries back to Lyon in an exhibiton of moribundity usually only available in a graveyard or morgue. The australian bowling was subpedestrian, the pitch bland and yet Chanderpaul continually treated it as utterly threatening. On Easter Sunday this was poor fare to serve up after all the great Tests of recent memory, and only Warner with a few late blows reminded me that the ball is still there to hit. Does C'paul only play for laqndmarks and not outs these days?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 8, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

I would say the only thing the Aussie batsmen need to watch out for is cars... because this pitch is a road. Braithwaites innings was talked up a little too much as it's not a minefield out there- You must allow your bowlers enough time to take 20 wickets. If the main goal is not to lose, all very well then, but to win you have to score.

Posted by Spelele on (April 8, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Why declare though? Why not continue batting past 500 and put a positive result totally beyond Australia? I'm impressed by the bravery, but this could really backfire on what seems to be a docile track which is only likely to crack up later on in the match. If Australia bat well, they could put this inexperienced WI line-up under a lot of pressure on Days 4 - 5. The only problem that AUS have is that they don't have a Warne to take advantage of the conditions later on. A positive result is very real though after WI's baffling declaration.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

So the Australian attack boasting the likes of Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Harris and Lyon struggling against the West Indies stodgy batsmen. No one saw that coming but what they put up in the ODI and T20 has passed onto the test match. Well done Chanderpaul! His "over my dead body" crab like batting stance has brought him rewards against an attack that demolished India. This could be proof that India are not a good batting side. With 3 days left this is anyone's game.

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