Tons by Chanderpaul, Nash keep Proteas at bay in second Test

Monday, June 21, 2010

BASSETERRE - Middle order West Indian batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash scored contrasting hundreds to put the breaks on the advancing and dominating South Africans during the second Test being played here between the two sides.

Chanderpaul was undefeated on 151, while Nash made 114, as the West Indies reached 424 for the loss of four wickets in reply to South Africa’s first innings total of 543 for six declared, at the close on the third day.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Chanderpaul and Nash had a partnership of 220 for the fourth wicket, thus helping the West Indies avoid a follow-on.

“We seem to feed off each other well,” said Nash of Chanderpaul.

“We’ve had a few good partnerships in the previous Tests we’ve played. He (Chanderpaul) gives you the calm at the other end, like the rock in the foundation. That instills so much confidence in you at the other end,” Nash added.

Chanderpaul got to his 22nd Test hundred from 188 balls, with a square drive for two off Dale Steyn, the same bowler that Nash pulled through square leg for the 12th of his 14 fours to reach his second Test hundred from 129 deliveries.

Fortune favoured South Africa in the final session, when Nash failed to beat A.B. de Villiers’ direct hit from backward point.

Nash cut Lonwabo Tsotsobe and set off for a non-existent run. The ball bounced over the head of de Villiers, who leapt, grabbed the ball, and fired a throw, which found the batsman scrambling to regain his ground.

The left-hander also struck one six from 148 balls in close to 200 minutes of batting.

For the remainder of the day, Chanderpaul, whose 264-ball innings spanning close to six hours included 10 fours and one six, kept the South Africans at bay. (ANI)

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