1st ODI, Port of Spain, Apr 10 2008, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies
(50 ov)236/9
West Indies won by 1 wicket
Player Of The Match
36 (37) & 4/32
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Chanderpaul clinches final-ball thriller

Shivnarine Chanderpaul carried West Indies to a thrilling final-ball one-wicket thriller in the first one-day international at Port of Spain after being left needing 10 off two deliveries

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka235/7(50 overs)
West Indies236/9(50 overs)
end of over 5013 runs
WI: 236/9CRR: 4.72 
Shivnarine Chanderpaul62 (63)
Fidel Edwards2 (3)
Chaminda Vaas 10-4-30-0
Nuwan Kulasekara 10-0-43-3

Folks this has been a sensational match. Chanderpaul proved just what a difference an ice cool head does in these situations. Those who threw their wickets away today can take a lesson or two from him.

While the rest catch their breath let's recap this thriller. Sri Lanka fought back bravely after being reduced to 49 for 5, thanks to a stand of 159 between the Chamaras - Silva and Kapugedera. The target of 236 was always going to be competitive and West Indies did well to start off before they ran into Ajantha Mendis. Mendis mixed it up cleverly and plucked out three wicket. Bravo and Chanderpaul eased the nerves after Sri Lanka delayed the 3rd Powerplay and after another jolt, it was over to Chanderpaul to steer them through.

That full toss was very similar to the one Chetan Sharma dished out to Javed Miandad in Sharjah in 1986. Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe carted Mashrafe Mortaza in 2006, the most recent instance.

The Man of the Match is a surprise - it's not Chanderpaul, Kapugedera or Silva. It's Bravo for his 4 for 32 and crucial 36. Larry Gomes was the adjudicator.

This thriller will take time to sink in for all of you. I'll leave you here. Saturday;s game at the same venue is sold out. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing this game to you. On behalf of Raju, our scorer, this is Kanishkaa signing off.

Vaas to Chanderpaul, SIX runs

This is the stuff of dreams! Off all times Vaas has to bowl a full toss! Chanderpaul waits for the gift, clubs that across the line and the ball just goes sailing over Jayawardene at deep midwicket. He waits and waits for the ball to clear the rope, a rather long and agonising one, he breaks out in celebration and the entire troupe from the dressing room rush onto the field and crowd around him. We can just imagine the scenes at Unity Village in Guyana, Chanderpaul's home

can he seal it with a six!

Vaas to Chanderpaul, FOUR runs

well well! Vaas over pitches outside off, the field is close and he creams that past mid-off

10 from 2, a six and a four would do it, Vaas pulls back at the time of delivery

Vaas to Edwards, 1 run

Low full toss, he goes on the walk and clubs it across the line past the diving midwicket

11 off 3. What can Edwards do now?

Vaas to Chanderpaul, 1 run

dishes out a low full toss, he makes room and places it to long-on,the throw is sharp

12 off 4. Vaas wouldn't want to overstep at this stage! Men at the edge of the circle

Vaas to Edwards, 1 run

full outside off and he gets the single this time, beats the gap between point and cover

Vaas to Edwards, no run

Nope, no single, he bowls a low full toss and Edwards can only slice it to short cover

Edwards has the strike. Vaas to bowl the final over. Edwards will look for the single, 13 off 6. This is not over yet

end of over 494 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 223/9CRR: 4.55 RRR: 13.00
Shivnarine Chanderpaul51 (60)
Fidel Edwards0 (0)
Nuwan Kulasekara 10-0-43-3
Ajantha Mendis 10-1-39-3

That's his half-century

Kulasekara to Chanderpaul, FOUR runs

Chanderpaul swings and he connects well, good enough ton beat mid-off and the ball races away

Kulasekara to Benn, OUT

Benn's nightmare ends, the ball is full on off stump, Benn finally connects, he swings across the line and Jayawardene at midwicket has a shy at the stumps and hits, Taufel doesn't bother to call for the replay

Sulieman Benn run out (Jayawardene) 0 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Kulasekara to Benn, no run

another yorker length outside off, he goes for another slog and he misses

Kulasekara to Benn, no run

makes room and charges down the track, the ball is full and Benn is all at sea as he misses again

Kulasekara to Benn, no run

beaten again, he's cramped for room outside off, he goes on the walk and he struggles to connect

Kulasekara to Benn, no run

Benn tries to cut but he's cramped for room and he misses

end of over 4811 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 219/8CRR: 4.56 RRR: 8.50
Shivnarine Chanderpaul47 (59)
Ajantha Mendis 10-1-39-3
Nuwan Kulasekara 9-0-39-3
Mendis to Taylor, OUT

Rush of blood.... Mendis dishes out another legbreak, Taylor stays at the crease and tries to repeat the slog which fetched him the six but he lands it down Silva's throat at long-on

Jerome Taylor c Silva b Mendis 9 (6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150
Mendis to Taylor, SIX runs

Bang! Taylor stays at the crease, waits for the legbreak and slog sweeps him high over long-on

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run

he lunges forward and pushes it wide of cover

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 2 runs

clipped away to the deep wide of deep midwicket, they scamper through for the secondd run

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run

nope, he stays back, waits for the legbreak and tucks it wide of square leg

Will Taylor give him the charge? Staying back at the crease is a risky proposition

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run

he takes a few paces down the track and tucks it softly wide of the bowler

Nervous moments here. 28 off 18. Chanderpaul looks ice cool as always.

end of over 473 runs
WI: 208/7CRR: 4.42 RRR: 9.33
Shivnarine Chanderpaul43 (56)
Jerome Taylor2 (3)
Nuwan Kulasekara 9-0-39-3
Ajantha Mendis 9-1-28-2
Kulasekara to Chanderpaul, 1 run

another low full toss, he slams it through the line to long-off and keeps the strike

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run

the slower ball, lands on the blockhole and Taylor digs it out past the diving Kulasekara

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Match details
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo
Series resultWest Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2697
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days10 April 2008 - day (50-over match)
ODI debut
Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis
Mahela Udawatte
Mahela Udawatte
Sulieman Benn
Sulieman Benn
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Clyde Duncan
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Simon Taufel
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Goaland Greaves
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Terence Birbal
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Chris Broad
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