Chanderpaul, Nash rattle England
Trinidad, March 10:
England wobbled to 80 for three in their second innings, after Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash collected hundreds to keep West Indies in the fifth and final Test on Monday.
England lost the wickets of captain Andrew Strauss, Owais Shah, and Alastair Cook in a dramatic hour and 10 minutes before stumps were drawn on the fourth day at Queen’s Park Oval.
The visitors had earlier gained a lead of just two runs, after Chanderpaul scored his 21st Test hundred, an undefeated 147, and Nash made his maiden Test hundred of 109, as West Indies were dismissed for 544, replying to England’s 546 for six declared.
Chasing quick runs before the close in a desperate bid for a series-levelling victory, England soon ran into trouble. West Indies captain Chris Gayle may have a hamstring strain, but he introduced himself to bowl his uncomplicated off-spin after four overs, and held a return catch to dismiss Strauss for 14.
Shah was caught behind off Lionel Baker for one. Cook was caught behind off Ryan Hinds’ slow left-arm bowling for 24. It was a dramatic end to another slow day on which Nash and Chanderpaul played a starring role. Nash reached his maiden Test hundred and helped West Indies reach 433 for four at the interval. England could not prevent Chanderpaul from adding his name to the list of century-makers in the Test, as West Indies reached 519 for seven at tea.
Nash and Chanderpaul shared a ground record-breaking 234 for the fifth wicket which erased the mark set 56 years ago by Everton Weekes and Bruce Pairaudeau against India.