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Chanderpaul leads Windies revival

First Test, Kingston: Australia 431 & 17-4 v West Indies 312 (day three, close)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Chanderpaul celebrates after reaching his 18th Test hundred

West Indies ripped out Australia's top order to revive their hopes of victory in the first Test in Jamaica.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit 118 out of a total of 312 by the home side, but they still trailed by 119 on first innings.

Australia's grip on the game was shaken, however, as Fidel Edwards and Daren Powell claimed two wickets each.

Phil Jaques, Simon Katich, captain Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey all went for single figure scores to leave the tourists 17-4 at the end of day three.

West Indies enjoyed a good morning session as Chanderpaul and Runako Morton extended their fourth wicket partnership to 128 before Morton, on 67, gave a catch to Stuart Clark at mid-on off leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.

Dwayne Bravo proved a positive replacement, making 46 out of a stand of 64 with Chanderpaul, but then became the first of three victims for paceman Brett Lee when he edged a catch to first slip.

Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy both went for ducks and there was even greater concern in the home dressing room when Lee struck Chanderpaul a sickening blow on the back of his protective helmet.


The Guyanese left-hander needed lengthy treatment, but opted to continue and despite losing Powell, who was bowled by Lee for three, he reached his 18th Test century off 259 balls with a straight drive off Clark.

Fidel Edwards was then caught behind off left-armer Mitchell Johnson for one and the innings finally came to an end in disappointing fashion for Chanderpaul, when he tamely thumped a MacGill full toss straight to mid-on.

He later went for a precautionary brain scan, but team management hope he will be able to continue playing on the remaining two days of the game.

Australia had 45 minutes to survive before the close, but were left shell-shocked as Edwards and Powell wreaked havoc with the new ball.

Jaques edged Edwards to the keeper in the second over after making only four and Powell then captured the prized scalp of Ponting for five, as Bravo took a low catch at third slip.

Katich's disappointing comeback Test continued when he was trapped leg-before by Edwards and home fans were soon celebrating again as Powell bowled Hussey off his pads to leave the match intriguingly poised.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul: "When I went down I did not know where I was My entire body went numb, I could not move my hands and I could not move my feet.

"I was down but decided to get up and continue the fight. I was in pain, it was hurting. I was down but not out.

"I told myself that if I left the field we would have been in a bad state in this match and I did not want to leave at that stage. I knew I had a job to do and I told myself I had to stay around and take control for the team.

"It was one of my best innings. I was happy to pull through and get a major score and keep the team's hopes alive."

Australia paceman Brett Lee (about hitting Chanderpaul on the helmet): "You're always worried. You don't want to see anyone get hit in the head, simple as that. I'm not a malice person.

"I don't know if he was unconscious or not, but when I went down to him he was looking straight up and said he couldn't feel his arms or his feet.

"You might want to scare a batsman or intimidate a batsman to a certain extent which is what part of what Test cricket is all about, but you don't want anyone to get hurt so I was glad that he got up and batted on and he batted pretty well after that as well."

West Indies coach John Dyson: "We go out to fight, no matter what the situation of the match.

"We could have folded, but we discussed what we needed to do [with the ball] and the guys just executed it perfectly.

"I think we have some way to go before we can say we are getting the most out of the team; I think there are definitely some areas we can improve upon.

"What we want to see is this team consistently playing good, competitive cricket and I think we're making good strides towards that."

see also
Clark puts Windies under pressure
24 May 08 |  Australia
Ponting puts Australia in command
23 May 08 |  Australia
Clarke to miss first Windies Test
16 May 08 |  Australia
Australia in West Indies 2008
02 Jan 08 |  Cricket

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