Tuesday April 10, 2012
Chanderpaul ton puts Windies in charge
BRIDGETOWN (Barbados): Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit his 25th Test century as West Indies piled-up 449 for nine declared to take a firm grip on the first Test against Australia on Sunday.
At stumps on the second day at Kensington Oval, Australia had reached 44 without loss in reply with openers Ed Cowan on 27 and David Warner also unbeaten on 13.
Chanderpaul batted for 386 minutes for his unbeaten 103, becoming the leading run scorer in Tests at the Kensington Oval while skipper Darren Sammy thrilled the crowd with a quickfire 41.
ďI never expected to be the person who had the most runs at Kensington. To have the most runs is a hell of an achievement,Ē said Chanderpaul.
ďAgainst an opposition like Australia if youíre doing well against them you know the world is watching. When you go against them you have to bring your ĎAí game.Ē
In the morning, Australia took the new ball as soon as it became available but it didnít seem to provide any more movement than the old one.
Skipper Michael Clarke had a gully and a short backward point in place to Darren Bravo and the plan worked when he played a tentative shot to the slower pace of Shane Watson, the ball going straight to Mike Hussey in the gully.
Bravoís slow trudge off the field showed his clear disappointment after his innings of 51 had been brought to an end. ó AFP