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Chanderpaul guides West Indies to 357-6 in 1st test against South Africa

Chanderpaul guides West Indies to 357-6 in 1st test against South Africa

Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit his seventh consecutive test half century to guide West Indies to 357-6 at lunch Thursday on day two of the first of three tests against South Africa.
Chanderpaul's undefeated 70 allowed him to join Everton Weekes of the West Indies and Andy Flower of Zimbabwe as the only test batsmen to have scored seven half centuries in a row.
His overnight partner Dwayne Bravo was one of two wickets to fall in the morning session at St. George's Park, as he top-edged a lifting delivery from Makhaya Ntini. Ntini and Herschelle Gibbs collided as the bowler took the catch and Bravo went for 12.
Ntini then got wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin caught behind for one before Chanderpaul teamed up with Darren Sammy in an unbroken partnership of 53 for the seventh wicket. Sammy provided 35 of those runs for a personal best in tests, while Chanderpaul added to his overnight 43.
The partnership moved West Indies from 281-4 overnight.
Ntini's had the best figures among the South African bowlers, with 3-94. Dale Steyn, Andre Nel and Paul Harris had one wicket each in performances that did not justify South Africa captain Graeme Smith's decision to bowl when he won the toss on the opening day.


Updated : 2021-02-25 19:29 GMT+08:00