Record 8 tons scored in drawn St John’s Test
St John’s, May 4:
Captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo hit centuries on the final day as the fourth Test between West Indies and South Africa meandered to a tame draw on Tuesday.
South Africa had already retained the Sir Vivian Richards Trophy with victories in Trinidad and Barbados, and completed the series at a harmless Antigua Recreation Ground a 2-0 winner.
Chanderpaul made 127 and allrounder Bravo converted his maiden hundred to 107 in West Indies’ total of 747. It also marked the first time eight centuries were registered in one Test.
South Africa, trailing by 159 runs, comfortably secured a draw at 127/1 with captain Graeme Smith and Boeta Dippenaar hitting unbeaten half centuries. Smith, named man of the series, scored 500 runs in the series on his way to 50 not out. Dippenaar (56) struck seven fours and two sixes.
West Indies resumed at 565-5, and Chanderpaul on 82. He reached his 13th century clipping Jacques Kallis through square leg for three. His third ton against South Africa took 242 balls.
Chanderpaul and Bravo stretched their sixth-wicket stand to 130, a West Indies record against South Africa. Chanderpaul struck 13 fours. West Indies lost its seventh wicket without addition when Courtney Browne was lbw to the off-spin of Smith, then Bravo and Daren Powell took West Indies to 700 for only the third time.
AB de Villiers struck with two wickets to leave Bravo in danger of running out of partners short of three figures. Powell was bowled by a yorker for 12, and Tino Best’s wild swipe ended with a skier into the leg side for 5. Bravo was 80 when last man and debutant Dwight Washington arrived at the crease.
Washington stuck around for 25 balls to allow Bravo to register his milestone with a slash over third man off his 209th delivery for his 12th boundary.
Given 31 overs to force a miracle result, the West Indies claimed de Villiers for 12, and Wavell Hinds livened an otherwise timid conclusion with some heated words for Smith.
The five-match one-day series will begin in Jamaica with a double-header this weekend.