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Who would have predicted that: Chanderpaul carts 10 runs off last 2 balls against Chaminda Vaas to take West Indies to memorable win

West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul
West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


As Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit the winning runs, Ian Bishop's adrenaline-pumping commentary aptly described the feat: "Shivnarine Chanderpaul has snatched it out of nowhere. This is remarkable. This is huge. West Indies have won by 1 wicket. The Queen's Park Oval is in raptures."


Match Summary


Sri Lanka 235/7 (50 overs) - Chamara Kapugedera 95 (117), Chamara Silva 67 (96) Dwayne Bravo, 4/32 (10) Fidel Edwards 2/57 (10)

West Indies 236/9 (50 overs) - Shivnarine Chanderpaul* 62 (63), Chris Gayle 52 (81); Ajantha Mendis 3/39 (10), Nuwan Kulasekara 3/43 (10)


Result - West Indies won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)


In the first ODI of the bilateral series, Sri Lanka did not get off to a great start with opener Mahela Udawatte dismissed on the ninth ball of the match for a duck. Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan followed in quick succession, leaving Sri Lanka at 49/5.

Dwayne Bravo was the wrecker-in-chief as he finished with figures of 10-1-32-4. This was followed by a consolidation by the two Chamaras - Silva and Kapugedera. The batsmen added 159 runs to take Sri Lanka to 236.


Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Mahela Udawatte, 1.3 ov), 2-38 (Kumar Sangakkara, 9.1 ov), 3-40 (Upul Tharanga, 10.4 ov), 4-41 (Mahela Jayawardene, 12.3 ov), 5-49 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 14.5 ov), 6-208 (Chamara Silva, 46.2 ov), 7-234 (Chamara Kapugedera, 49.5 ov)



The West Indies chase began well with a 50+ opening partnership between Chris Gayle and Devon Smith. While Gayle was dismissed shortly after his half-century, Sarwan was caught behind at 35.

Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis befuddled the West Indian batsmen to snaffle three quick wickets. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo then calmed the nerves but Bravo's run-out led to another collapse.

With 13 needed from the last over and Sri Lanka just one wicket away from victory, Chanderpaul took charge. He was on strike on the penultimate delivery with 10 needed when the batsman drilled it down the ground for four. Off the last delivery, an attempted yorker from Chaminda Vaas ended up being a knee-high full-toss and was carted over the deep midwicket boundary, just escaping the fingertips of a leaping Jayawardene as West Indies registered a memorable victory.


Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Devon Smith, 13.3 ov), 2-109 (Chris Gayle, 26.6 ov), 3-109 (Ramnaresh Sarwan, 27.4 ov), 4-110 (Marlon Samuels, 27.6 ov), 5-169 (Dwayne Bravo, 38.1 ov), 6-201 (Patrick Browne, 44.4 ov), 7-203 (Daren Sammy, 45.4 ov), 8-219 (Jerome Taylor, 47.6 ov), 9-219 (Sulieman Benn, 48.5 ov)




West Indies - Chris Gayle (c), Devon Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Patrick Browne (wk), Daren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Fidel Edwards 

Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Mahela Udawatte, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (c), Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Ishara Amerasinghe


Match Details


Match: WI v SL, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka in West Indies ODI Series 

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008 

Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 

Umpires: Clyde Duncan, Simon Taufel 

Third Umpire: Goaland Greaves 

Match Referee: Chris Broad 


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