DUNEDIN, New Zealand -- Another half-century and milestone for Shivnarine Chanderpaul was overshadowed by another batting collapse – triggered by Tim Southee – that left West Indies under pressure before lunch in the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday here.
Chanderpaul, the veteran left-hander, batting a smidge out of character, was unbeaten on 62, becoming the seventh player to pass 11,000 Test runs and Denesh Ramdin was not out on 11, as the Windies slumped to 159 for five, replying to New Zealand’s first innings total of 609 for nine declared, at the interval on the third day at University Oval.
Chanderpaul has been the dominant partner in an unbroken 53-run, sixth-wicket stand with Ramdin that has brought some respectability to the total, after the visitors, seeking to pass 409 to avoid the follow-on, stumbled to 106 for five.
Apart from Chanderpaul, none of the other West Indies batsman looked self-assured at the crease, as Southee has so far grabbed 4-43 from 15 overs to put the skids on the top-order.
Typically, Chanderpaul entered with the Windies’ backs up against the wall, when fellow left-hander Darren Bravo was caught at gully for 40 from a loose drive at a delivery from Southee angled across him in the fourth over of the morning.
Chanderpaul also had to endure Marlon Samuels being caught at first slip by Ross Taylor off Southee for 14, edging a flat-footed drive at a well-pitched delivery, and Narsingh Deonarine caught in the same position on the second attempt by the same fielder off the same bowler for 15, trying to force a delivery angled across him.
In the final half-hour before the interval, Chanderpaul gave a glimpse of a side of his batting that he seldom exhibits, reaching his milestone, when he hooked a short delivery from left-arm fast-medium bowler Neil Wagner through backward square leg for the third of his eight fours.
He brought up his 50 from 63 balls, when he moved from 38 to 52 in the space of four deliveries in leg-spinner Ish Sodhi’s ninth over.
Chanderpaul slapped the third delivery through cover for his fourth boundary, worked the fourth ball through mid-wicket for a deuce and finished the over with a flourish that fetched him successive boundaries, a lofted straight drive and a whip through square leg.
He followed up with boundaries off the second and third deliveries of Sodhi’s next over, a fluent cover drive establishing the 50-run stand with Ramdin.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 609
(R. Taylor 217 not out, B. McCullum 113; T. Best 3-148)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 67 for two)
K. Edwards c Fulton b Boult 0
K. Powell c wkpr Watling b Southee 7
D.M. Bravo c McCullum b Southee 40
M. Samuels c Taylor b Southee 14
S. Chanderpaul not out 62
N. Deonarine c Taylor b Southee 15
+D. Ramdin not out 11
Extras (lb8, w1, nb1) 10
TOTAL (5 wkts) 159
*D. Sammy, S. Shillingford, T. Best, S. Gabriel to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Edwards), 2-24 (Powell), 3-70 (Bravo), 4-73 (Samuels), 5-106 (Deonarine)
Bowling: Boult 13-5-18-1; Southee 15-1-43-4; Wagner 13-2-47-0 (nb1, w1); Sodhi 10-1-43-0
Position: West Indies trail by 450 runs with five first innings wickets standing
Umpires: N. Llong (England), P. Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire: I. Gould (England)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: C. Gaffaney (New Zealand)