SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL scored his fourth hundred of the year against India here yesterday to pass 1,000 Test runs in 2002 and restore some pride to West Indian cricket. He moved from his overnight single to reach 136 when stumps were called early on day three due to bad light.
The West Indies were 446 for 5, a lead of 88 over India who have already won the series after victories in the opening two Tests.
In this third and final Test, Chanderpaul was looking to rediscover the form that brought him three hundreds in the Caribbean earlier this year. He made 140 (his highest in Tests), 101 and 136 not out against the Indians, but his previous top score in this series was 54. He and Marlon Samuels put on 191 for the sixth wicket and by the close, Samuels had passed his previous Test-best score of 60 to reach 89no.
"This is the easily the best of my six Test centuries. Being the first one in a foreign country it will always be special. I simply feel on top of the world," Chanderpaul said. The Guyanese left- hander made his 136 from 255 balls with 16 fours and one six.
At the start of play, the match looked to be finely poised as West Indies resumed on 189 for 3, with Chris Gayle unbeaten on 80. He added only eight as the home side struck twice in the mornings session, reducing the West Indies to 261 for 5 at lunch. Anil Kumble removed Gayle early as he edged a ball that bounced into the hands of Virender Sehwag at forward short- leg.
Carl Hooper batted cautiously for his 19 until a moment of brilliance from the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. The West Indies captain edged an angled delivery between keeper and first slip, but Patel dived to his right to take a one-handed catch in front of slip. …