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Chanderpaul, Samuels defy South Africans

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 19:16 [IST]
 
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Windies fight back after early blows

Cape Town: Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul defied the South African bowlers as the West Indies recovered from the loss of three early wickets on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands Wednesday.

The West Indies, leading the three-match series 1-0, were 160 for three at tea.

Samuels and Chanderpaul came together when the tourists were 77 for three and added an unbeaten 83 for the fourth wicket in 146 minutes of careful batting.

It was in contrast to the aggressive batting earlier of captain Chris Gayle, who hit 46 off 49 balls and put on 59 off only 66 balls in a second wicket stand of 59 with Runako Morton.

Samuels and Chanderpaul were particularly watchful immediately after lunch when fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini both bowled well without being able to make a breakthrough.

Samuels took 28 balls to score his first run and was dropped on two when he mistimed a drive against Ntini, with the bowler unable to hold a sharp chance above his head and to his right. He was unbeaten on 37 at tea, while Chanderpaul was on 34.

Gayle chose to bat on an overcast, blustery day but soon lost opening partner Daren Ganga, who was caught behind off Steyn for three.

The Gayle-Morton stand was broken by Jacques Kallis when Morton drove him to mid-off.

Gayle, who looked awkward in running between wickets after appearing to suffer a recurrence of the hamstring injury which kept him out of action for almost four weeks before he led the side to a 128-run win in the first Test in Port Elizabeth, hit two sixes and two fours in a 49-ball innings.

Both his sixes were off Ntini - an audacious straight hit and a pulled six over midwicket despite a fielder being placed just inside the boundary.

Gayle fell shortly before lunch to a diving catch by Neil McKenzie at gully off Andre Nel.

McKenzie was playing in his first Test for three-and-a-half years after being picked as an opening batsman to replace Herschelle Gibbs.

The West Indies brought in leg-spinner Rawl Lewis in place of all-rounder Darren Sammy.

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