England crushes Windies to claim the series
June 12: Despite Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s heroic batting, West Indies were not able to save the match as well as the series against England at Manchester.
Chasing a mammoth total of 455 to set a world record, Windies fell 60 runs shorter of their target. Resuming at the overnight score of 301 after losing 5 wickets the Windies needed 154 more runs to win with 5 wickets in their hand, but they were bundled out on 394.
English Ace spinner Monty Panesar bagged a match figure of 10-187. It was his first ten wicket haul in test match cricket and also the first England spinner to take 10 wickets in a match since Phil Tufnell took 11-93 against Australia at The Oval in the 1997 Ashes series.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the other hand once more displayed his grit and determination to fight when it is toughest. However he ran out of his partners on the other side and leaving him stranded at 116 not out.
"It was pretty difficult out there with the England pacers," he said. "It's a pretty tough wicket to bat on and we batted pretty well on it to get so close to the total."
England skipper in the praise of Chanderpaul’s innings went on to say as "one of the best innings I've seen in Test match cricket."
However Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s undefeated 116 could not push the West Indies to their first away Test victory against England since 2000, when they won at Birmingham.
"Every session they pushed us," England captain Michael Vaughan said. "But to grow as a team you have to come through tough days, tough sessions."
After the lunch session West Indies needed only 76 runs more runs to win with Chanderpaul still on the crease at 104. But Harmison removed Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards within the span of four balls immediately after the break to ensure victory for England.
"Shiv showed truly what a world-class player he is," West Indies captain Daren Ganga said. "He led from the front, and he led in the first innings too. He's going from strength to strength. He will inspire a lot of us to do better in the next match."
Monty for his 10 wicket haul in the match was declared as man of the match.
England with 2-0 lead will go all out to stay unbeaten in the series at Durham where the final Test of the series will start from Friday.
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