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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Chanderpaul holds up England bid
Third Test, Old Trafford, day four (stumps): England 370 & 313 v West Indies 229 & 301-5

Monty Panesar celebrates the wicket of Devon Smith
Monty Panesar took all but one of Sunday's wickets

Shivnarine Chanderpaul led a determined rearguard action as West Indies took the third Test against England into the final day at Old Trafford.

Chanderpaul hit an unbeaten 81 in a total of 301-5, with 154 more runs needed on Monday to pull off what would be a record chase in Test cricket.

He was helped admirably by Runako Morton (54) and Dwayne Bravo (49).

For England, Monty Panesar took three of the four wickets to fall on a frustrating day for the home team.

England appealed regularly for lbw, and the odd bat-pad catch, but the umpires were not unduly harsh in denying the vast majority.

Aleem Dar, standing at Panesar's end, was constantly in the action and had a superb day.

Chanderpaul batted for four and a half hours with immense concentration - a quality he has shown on many occasions in his long career.

England's fans had expected a totally different day, with Panesar expected to be a major threat on a wearing pitch.

But though he bowled well, Chanderpaul - despite being vulnerable as a left-hander with rough areas outside his off-stump - dealt with him admirably.

S Chanderpaul
Chanderpaul produced a typically gritty innings on Sunday

On another sunny morning at Old Trafford, with West Indies resuming on 22-1 in search of a mammoth target of 455, the early signs for England were encouraging.

Harmison's first few overs, in what has generally been a difficult series for him, combined hostility with accuracy.

He bent Chris Gayle's left thumb with a ferocious bouncer, and the Jamaican opener had to receive some treatment from the physio.

Harmison continued to test Gayle and in his following over, had him fencing uncertainly outside the off stump.

The ball took the edge of the bat and flew to Paul Collingwood at second slip, who dived to his left to take a good catch.

Just before the hour mark, Panesar came into the attack, immediately targeting the rough areas outside the left-handed Devon Smith's off-stump.

606: DEBATE

Smith and Morton generally played some intelligent determined cricket, but the third West Indies wicket did fall before the break.

Panesar - who had caused Smith no end of problems - removed the Grenadian number three for 42 as a delivery bounced up out of the rough, flicked his gloves and ballooned to Alastair Cook at short-leg.

Liam Plunkett, though generally the weakest of England's bowlers on show, did have an excellent shout for lbw against Chanderpaul declined by Billy Bowden just before lunch.

After the interval, England had only themselves to blame when Panesar dropped a catch at mid-on off Harmison which would have ended Chanderpaul's innings on 18.

Runako Morton was determined in his gritty innings of 54
Runako Morton batted for nearly three hours for his 54

Panesar had to make ground and dive to get to the ball, but at Test level it was a straight-forward chance.

Michael Vaughan experimented with three overs of Kevin Pietersen, but Morton hit the off-spinner for two meaty boundaries.

Unsurprinsingly, it was Panesar who took the fourth wicket, removing Morton lbw.

The Nevis right-hander had batted for nearly three hours, putting on 73 with Chanderpaul, and was furious with himself for having chosen to play no shot to a ball that pitched on off and just about held its own.

The wicket gave England a boost before tea, which came with the scoreboard on 199-4.

And just before the second new ball became available Panesar struck yet again.

Dwayne Bravo hit his runs aggressively, and was keen to take on the spinners, with two confident boundaries in one over from Panesar.

But soon after pulling Panesar for a third, he came forward to a ball delivered from over the wicket, which took the inside edge of his bat, went onto his pad, and flew straight to an alert Cook at short-leg.

Ryan Sidebottom's first delivery with the new ball very nearly ended Chanderpaul's innings on 64.

An lbw shout was declined by Dar, though the ball pitched in line and might have been clipping leg-stump.

In the same over, the new man, Denesh Ramdin, was dropped by Matt Prior diving down the leg-side.

There was to be no further success in the day, and there could be a few nerves overnight in the England camp.

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