West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Barbados May 29, 2005

Chanderpaul thanks team for allround performance

Cricinfo staff



Shivnarine Chanderpaul: 'We wanted to stay in front from the start of the game and we did' © Getty Images
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was in a buoyant mood after West Indies sealed their 276-run win over Pakistan. He said that the performance was a great team effort: "I want to say thanks to the fans for their support over the last couple of months. We set out our stall from the beginning, we wanted to stay in front from the start of the game and we did.

"I'm glad we came out on top and I just want to say well done to all the guys, Brian [Lara] in the first innings, Corey [Collymore], Chris Gayle. The bowlers all did well, Corey with a sore shoulder, he hurt it diving for a ball last night, but came out this morning and put the ball in the right place and I want to say well done to him."

Chanderpaul, himself, had a stunning match, scoring 92 and an unbeaten 153, plus the run out of Younis Khan yesterday evening, and the crucial catch to end Shahid Afridi's explosive innings. "It's just part of the job." he said modestly. "You just go out and try and get things done and I'm pleased I was able to get it done this time."

And he hopes West Indies can take their form from this match into the second Test, starting in Jamaica on Friday. "We've been lacking a bit of confidence but this should help us. We just need to lift our games a little more and look at the next match. We still have another match to play and hopefully we can take the confidence from this game into the next."

Chanderpaul added that Dwayne Bravo and Ian Bradshaw, who both missed this Test with injuries, will be assessed by West Indies' physio over the next couple days and a decision on their availability for Jamaica will be made then.

Meanwhile, Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's coach, lamented their poor batting display. "You can't get bowled out for 144, it's ridiculous," he said. "Not having Inzamam and Youhana made a difference but I thought we were spineless. They got themselves out very stupidly and there was no fight, that is what was surprising."