Sunday, November 06, 2011

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s century leads West Indies towards a big chasing score against India

The first Test match of the three-match Test series between India and West Indies starts on November 6 (Sunday) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.

Today was the opening day of the five-day Test match. Winning the toss, the West Indian captain, Darren Sammy, chose to bat first on a slow pitch.

At the end of the opening day, the visitors scored 256 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 111 and Carlton Baugh remained not out on 19.

It was Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 24th Test century and 7th against India. It helped his team to come out of trouble after losing 3 wickets for 72.

He made partnership with the young opener Kraigg Brathwaite and added 108 runs for the fourth wicket stand. After the departure of Brathwaite, who scored 63 in his 4th Test match, he made pair with Samuels but it did not stay for long time. With Carlton Baugh, he contributed 56 runs in the sixth-wicket stand.

Pragyan Ojha claimed the first 3 wickets for giving 58 runs off 29 overs. Debutant spinner R Ashwin finished the day with 2-79 off 25 overs.

Indian pacers had to struggle a lot to get a wicket on a slow pitch. Both Ishant Sharma and another debutant bowler Umesh Yadav could not make any impact against the opponent team.

However, West Indies still have 5 wickets at hand and they are looking to make a big chasing score against the home team.