Calcutta: Shivnarine Chanderpaul slammed an impressive 107 not out to pull the West Indies out of trouble in the third and final Test against India on Friday.
The 28-year-old's sixth Test century enabled the tourists to reach 363 for five at tea on the third day in reply to India's 358. Marlon Samuels was the other not out batsman on 36. West Indies was struggling at 255 at five before left-handed Chanderpaul came to its rescue with his fifth Test hundred against India in 14 matches. Chanderpaul warded off the Indian spin threat on a slow turning wicket with his solid batting in an beaten sixth-wicket stand of 108 with Samuels, playing his first Test on the current tour. He reached his century in the afternoon session when he steered fast bowler Javagal Srinath for two, taking off his helmet, hugging non-striker Samuels and jubilantly kissing the Eden Gardens pitch. Chanderpaul counter-attacked to ease the pressure on his team after Chris Gayle (88) and skipper Carl Hooper (19) had fallen in the morning session. Left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra and leg spinner Anil Kumble shared the early wickets to put pressure on the tourists. Chanderpaul then propped up the innings with his aggressive batting, swinging Kumble over square-leg for a six and hitting 12 fours in his 201-ball knock. The middle-order batsman completed his half-century off 119 balls, but took 60 deliveries more to complete his hundred. Samuels grew in confidence in Chanderpaul's company, keeping the Indian attack at bay with his resolute batting. The 21-year-old Jamaican has so far struck five fours in his 89-ball knock as India went wicketless in the entire afternoon session.
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