Chanderpaul, Nash star in Windies fightback
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:Warner Park, Basseterre
Scorecard:West Indies v South Africa
Player:S Chanderpaul, BP Nash
Event:South Africa in West Indies 2010

DateLine: 21st June 2010


West Indies led by fighting centuries from Nash and Chanderpaul fought back to claim the honours of the third day's play of the second Test. The pair hit centuries of contrasting styles to give the home side a glimmer of hope of drawing the Test.


While Brendon Nash was busy at the crease as he collected the ones and twos, Chanderpaul was patience personified as he was ready to bat out the whole day to take the home side to safety. the play of Nash against the faster men was impressive as he was ready to take them on and that in return elicited some verbal response from Steyn. The left-handed duo were prepared to reach out to deliveries wide of the off stump and also exploit the wide gaps on the on side if the bowlers dropped it short. When Dale Steyn banged one in short, Chanderpaul took his eyes off and copped a blow on the grill.


Paul Harris hardly got any turn or bounce and Chanderpaul swept him powerfully behind square leg to bring up his fifty. Nash and Chanderpaul added 220 before AB de Villiers sent back the former with a sharp bit of fielding, effecting a direct hit from gully. Chanderpaul reached his 22nd century with a square drive to point, and at the fag end of the day, brought up his 150. Dwayne Bravo played a quiet little supporting act after Nash's fall, adding an unbeaten 53 with Chanderpaul.


The morning session was a slow affair as only 40 runs were scored. South Africa succeeded in applying pressure with their probing line outside off stump. Soon after reaching his fifty, Chris Gayle was out dragging a full ball from Morkel on to his stumps. Narsingh Deonarine made a workmanlike fifty. Having spent enough time getting his eye in, Deonarine pressed the pedal after lunch. A few whiplashes over the off side gave the innings much-needed impetus but he soon caused his own downfall when, cramped for room trying to cut Steyn from round the wicket, he chopped it onto his stumps.


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