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Chanderpaul joins 10,000-run club but Windies face defeat

Russian Federation,Sports, Fri, 27 Apr 2012 IANS

Roseau (Dominica), April 27 (IANS/CMC) Veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul surpassed 10,000 runs in Test cricket but was one of two key wickets to fall in the last half-hour, leaving the West Indies with a Herculean task of beating Australia in the third and final Test.

 

 

 

The unflappable Guyanese reached the landmark en route to a top score of 69 as the West Indies, chasing an imposing 370 for victory, finished the fourth day at Windsor Park on 173 for five.

 

When he moved to 14 by clipping left-arm spinner Michael Clarke through mid-wicket for a single - a stroke that has typified his 140-match career - he became only the tenth batsman overall and the second West Indian to break into the exclusive club.

 

He now has 10,055 runs, only behind the mercurial Brian Lara who has 11,953 runs.

 

Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo, who stroked 45, had offered the West Indies a glimmer of hope Thursday when they engaged in an entertaining 110-run stand for the fourth wicket, after the hosts seemed on the brink of implosion at 45 for three.

 

But Bravo edged medium pacer Shane Watson behind half-hour before the close and Chanderpaul perished in the last over of the day, lbw to Clarke on review, to leave the Windies with a near impossible task of getting the remaining 197 runs on the final day with only five wickets in hand.

 

Narsingh Deonarine was unbeaten on 11 at the close.

 

Earlier, off-spinner Shane Shillingford finished with a 10-wicket match haul as Australia were dismissed for 259 after resuming the day on 200 for six.

 

--IANS/CMC

 

sr/vt

 


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