Chanderpaul Century As West Indies Level Series

Chanderpaul Century As West Indies Level Series
Chanderpaul Century As West Indies Level Series
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West Indies 264-8 (Chanderpaul 112no, Sarwan 74) beat
England 243 (Strauss 105, Bravo 2-40) by 21 runs

Second One Day International, GuyanaBy Jim White

The West Indies levelled their five-match One Day International series against England on the back of a Shivnarine Chanderpaul century in the second match in Guyana.

Chanderpaul made an unbeaten 112, anchoring the West Indies as they dodged rain showers to make their way to 264 for eight before bowling England out for 243, captain Andrew Strauss the penultimate to fall having made 105.

Chris Gayle won the toss and decided to bat first in Guyana and make the most of what appears to be a low slow pitch.

The ball was changed after 11 deliveries and immediately brought a flurry of boundaries from the West Indian captain Gayle off Stuart Broad but at the other end Lendl Simmons could only edge James Anderson to be caught behind.  The England pace bowler then enticed Gayle to drag one on to his stumps to leave the West Indies 21 for two after five overs.

However, Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 112, combined with Ramnaresh Sarwan (74) to add 133 for the third wicket and set up the West Indies' score.

Dwayne Bravo made 19 and Darren Sammy 11 but otherwise there was little support for the left-hander as England kept things relatively tight and Paul Collingwood pulled off a fine catch to dismiss Bravo at square leg off of Dimitri Mascarenhas and the all-rounder went on to pick up three for 49 to finish as England's second most successful bowler behind Anderson, who claimed three for 37 with Mascarenhas taking two for 53.

Heavy rain twice took the players off the field and further showers tested the patience of everyone, but fortunately no overs were lost.

England might have considered that a blessing as despite Andrew Strauss leading the way with 105 in 129 balls, they fell short as no other batsman could offer him the sort of support he needed.

The West Indies picked up wickets regularly and only Mascarenhas (29) and Owais Shah (22) made starts, Shah sharing 50 with Strauss for the third wicket and Mascarenhas 59 for the sixth.

Strauss hit seven fours before he was bowled trying to sweep Keiron Pollard in the 47th over and after another short rain break, the West Indies wrapped up the game when James Anderson was bowled by Pollard, who like Bravo conceded four wides but picked up two wickets, while Lionel Baker, Fidel Edwards, Darren Sammy and Nikita Miller took one apiece.

England led the five-match series 1-0 after a Duckworth/Lewis one-run win in the opening match.

© Cricket World 2009

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