Shiv falls leaving WI chase shaky
ROSEAU, Dominica – Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell in the final over of another compelling day, after he claimed another personal milestone and shared a century partnership with Darren Bravo, taking the sting out of West Indies’ pursuit of 370 for a series-levelling victory in the third and final Digicel Test against Australia on Thursday.
Chanderpaul made 69 and became only the second West Indies batsman to pass 10,000 Test runs, as West Indies reached 173 for five in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day at Windsor Park.
The durable left-hander reached the individual milestone, when he tucked a delivery from Australia captain Michael Clarke, bowling his uncomplicated left-arm spin, to mid-wicket for a single, moving him to 14.
Chanderpaul was granted honorary Dominican citizenship following the corresponding Test last year, when he blessed the ground with a hundred against India, and the crowd that swelled to half full at the ground rose to cheer him as though he was one of their very own.
Batting legend Brian Lara is the only other West Indies batsman to pass the landmark. He finished his career with 11,953 runs at an average of 52.88 in 131 Tests.
Chanderpaul is the 10th batsman to score more than 10,000 runs in Tests. He now has 10,055 at an average of 50.02 in a West Indies record 140 matches.
He and fellow left-hander Bravo put on 110 for the fourth wicket to stem the fall of wickets, after Clarke winkled out Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell to leave West Indies 45 for three inside the first hour after lunch.
Chanderpaul reached his second 50 of the match from 90 balls, when he edged a full-length delivery from Ryan Harris between wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and slip fielder Michael Clarke for the third of his half-dozen boundaries from 148 balls in just over three hours of batting.
But he was adjudged lbw to Clarke, playing back and across to a well-pitched delivery, from the first ball of the day’s final over, as the West Indies chase hit a major snag with one day remaining in the match.
Bravo was also eyeing the landmark, batting with the fluency that enveloped his game last year, but fell in the last half-hour, when he was caught behind of Shane Watson, chasing a delivery outside the off-stump. He spent three hours at the crease for 45 that included five fours from 148 balls.
West Indies had suffered an early setback to their chase before lunch, which overshadowed a history-making moment for hometown hero Shane Shillingford.
Opener Adrian Barath was well caught by a diving Ed Cowan at square leg off Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck, uppishly flicking an over-pitched delivery in the third over, as the Windies reached two runs for one wicket at the interval.
Brathwaite avoided his fourth straight duck, but was confirmed lbw for 14, after he reviewed the decision of New Zealand umpire Tony Hill. Hawkeye suggested the ball would have clipped the top of the off-bail, as Brathwaite muffed a late cut.
Powell too, looked assured at the crease, a crisp straight drive for four off Ryan Harris would have settled the nerves, but he was bowled for 24, when he was beaten in flight by a delivery from Clarke, which spun past his driving bat, as the Aussie captain finished with three wickets for 34 runs from 12.1 overs.
This all followed Shillingford becoming the first West Indies spin bowler in close to 46 years to capture 10 wickets in a Test.
The loose-limbed off-spinner finished with four for 100 from 39 overs, as West Indies bowled Australia out for 259 in their second innings about 40 minutes before lunch.
Shillingford collected 10 for 219 in the match, becoming the first West Indies spinner since Lance Gibbs captured 10 for 106 against England at Old Trafford in 1966 to achieve the feat.
He also became only the second West Indies spin bowler to ever take 10 wickets in the Caribbean, following Wilfred Ferguson, whose 11 for 229 helped earn a draw against England 64 years ago at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
After he struck early, removing Mike Hussey caught at slip for 32 playing defensively forward in the first half-hour, Shillingford’s special moment arrived when he had Hilfenhaus caught at silly mid-off by a flying Brathwaite for six to a cacophony of noise from the patriotic crowd.
In between, Narsingh Deonarine had Harris caught by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr for nine from a top-edged sweep to finish with three for 45 from 14 overs, and Kemar Roach brought Australia’s innings to a close, when he sneaked a delivery through Mitchell Starc’s airy drive and bowled him for 21 to end with three for 40 from 13 overs.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and a draw in the second Digicel Test at Queen’s Park Oval, which meant that Australia would retain the Frank Worrell Trophy, symbol of supremacy between the two sides.
West Indies are also in the hunt for their first Test victory over the Aussies in nine years.
Scores: West Indies 218 and 173 for 5 (Chanderpaul 69, Clarke 3-34) need another 197 runs to beat Australia 328 and 259 (Ponting 57, Cowan 55, Shillingford 4-100, Roach 3-40).