Chanderpaul equals world record for fifties

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2007, 15:28 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul equalled the world record for most consecutive Test half-centuries when he reached 50 on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at St George's Park.

It was Chanderpaul's seventh consecutive score of 50 or better, equalling a mark set by fellow West Indian Everton Weekes in 1948 and 1949 and repeated by Andy Flower of Zimbabwe in 2000 and 2001.

Chanderpaul's sequence started when he made 69 against Pakistan in Karachi in November 2006 and continued when he had scores of 74, 50, 116 not out, 136 not out and 70 in a series in England earlier this year.

The left-handed Chanderpaul resumed on 43 Thursday and reached his half-century when he pulled Dale Steyn to the boundary 40 minutes into the second day's play. At that stage the West Indies were 304 for five.

At lunch Windies were 357/6 in their first essay with Chanderpaul (70) and Sammy (35) were batting.

Brief Scores (at lunch, D-2):

West Indies Ist innings 357/6 (Chanderpaul 70 n o, Samuels 94, Gayle 66, Sammy 35 n o; Ntini 3 for 94, Harris 1 for 45, Nel 1 for 81) Vs South Africa.


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