Regional one-day competition October 20, 2004

Chanderpaul guides Guyana home

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Guyana 213 for 5 (Chanderpaul 87*) beat Trinidad & Tobago 210 for 7 (D Ganga 101*) by 5 wickets

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: won the battle of captains against Daren Ganga © Getty Images

In a match dominated by the two captains, both of whom batted at No. 3, Shivnarine Chanderpaul prevailed over Daren Ganga, primarily due to a better display from his support cast. Chanderpaul struck an unbeaten 87 to guide Guyana to a five-wicket win after Ganga had made a superb 101 not out to lift Trinidad and Tobago to 210.

The pitch at the Albion Community Centre lacked pace and bounce, requiring the batsmen to show plenty of patience. Ganga did just that, retrieving the T&T innings after they had lost two early wickets to slump to 10 for 2. Ganga found an able ally in Ricardo Powell, who made 41 and helped add 87 for the fourth wicket. However, the rest of the batting floundered, resulting in a modest target for Guyana.

Chanderpaul then took over after the Guyanese openers had put together 55 for the opening wicket. Trinidad had hopes of a fightback when they reduced Guyana to 120 for 4, but Chanderpaul then got together with D Daesrath in a decisive 89-run stand which swung the match their way. The win puts Guyana at the top of the table with eight points after two games.