Chanderpaul, Samuels parry England with gritty knocks
England finally dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul after another marathon effort from the West Indies great ensured the hosts would have to bat twice to win the first Test at Lord's.cricket Updated: May 20, 2012 23:50 IST
England finally dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul after another marathon effort from the West Indies great ensured the hosts would have to bat twice to win the first Test at Lord's.
Chanderpaul, officially the world's best batsman, fell shortly before tea on the fourth day here on Sunday for 91 and at the interval the tourists were 265 for six in their second innings -- a lead of 110 runs.
Denesh Ramdin was 23 not out and West Indies captain Darren Sammy unbeaten on four. It seemed as if Chanderpaul was heading towards a 26th Test century when, he attempted to sweep the first ball of a new spell from off-spinner Graeme Swann and was given out lbw.
Chanderpaul, one of only 10 men in history to have scored 10,000 Test runs, immediately reviewed South African umpire Marais Erasmus's decision. But replays indicated the ball would have hit the stumps and England had the wicket of the 37-year-old Guyana left-hander, one of the most obdurate batsmen in Test history.
With Chanderpaul having top-scored with 87 not out in West Indies's first innings 243, it meant he'd batted for 10 hours and 24 mins in this match, scoring 178 runs for once out -- a mammoth feat of concentration.
Together with Marlon Samuels he shared a fifth wicket stand of 157 that rescued the West Indies from the depths of 65 for four and a looming innings defeat in the first of this three-Test series.
West Indies resumed Sunday on 120 for four, 35 runs behind, having lost three wickets with their score on 36 on Saturday.
WI 243 & 345 (S. Chanderpaul 91, M. Samuels 86, Broad 2/62) England 398 (Strauss 122, Bell 61)