Sunday 6 November 2011 

Chanderpaul Century Frustrates India's Spinners

Chanderpaul Century Frustrates India's Spinners
Chanderpaul Century Frustrates India's Spinners
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West Indies 265-5 (Chanderpaul 111no) v India
First Test, Delhi, day one

Shivnarine Chanderpaul reached three figures against India for the seventh time in Tests as the West Indies closed day one of the opening Test in Delhi on 265 for six.

He formed an important partnership with opener Kraigg Brathwaite to help his side recover from 72 for three while all five wickets were taken by India's spinners.

With pace bowlers Ishant Sharma and debutant Umesh Yadav ineffectual, it was left to Ravichandran Ashwin to return two for 79 on debut and Pragyan Ojha three for 58 as they got through 54 overs of bowling between them.

Brathwaite made a patient 63 in 212 balls as he recorded his second half-century in as many matches but the West Indies were in early trouble when Kieran Powell (14) and Kirk Edwards (15) were dismissed by left-armer Ojha - the former trapped in front and the latter caught and bowled.

Darren Bravo made 12 before he was bowled by Ashwin as the off-spinner celebrated his maiden Test wicket.

India were then frustrated by Chanderpaul and Brathwaite adding 108 for the fourth wicket, Brathwaite hitting four fours before his vigil was ended when he was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Ojha.

Chanderpaul batted fluently, making his way to 111 not out in 167 balls with seven fours and two sixes as even India's spinners struggled to tie him down but they were given a boost with their fifth wicket when Marlon Samuels was caught by Dhoni off Ashwin.

Carlton Baugh was unbeaten on 19 having offered Chanderpaul useful support at stumps.

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