Shivnarine Chanderpaul's fifty takes West Indies close to 300

West Indies cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul in action on day two AFP

Bridgetown (Barbados): Apr 8, 2012

Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted throughout the morning session to make an unbeaten 58 as West Indies reached 291 for five at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia.

When rain had ended play early on the first day on Saturday, there were only seven more overs until the new ball and Australia took it straight away but it didn’t seem to provide any more movement than the old one.

Darren Bravo, in Ryan Harris’ third over, crashed two shots through the covers to the boundary.

His innings was a mixture of stubborn defence and booming off-side strikes and that approach was almost his undoing in the 92nd over.

Michael Clarke had a gully and a short backward point in place but the thick edge off a Peter Siddle delivery eluded both of them. Next ball a finer edge went through third slip position with only two in place.

But the plan finally paid off when Bravo played a similar but more tentative shot to the slower pace of Shane Watson, the ball going straight to Mike Hussey in the gully.

Bravo had faced 123 balls for his 51 and his slow trudge off the Kensington Oval field showed his clear disappointment.

Narsingh Deonarine, playing his first Test for two years in place of Marlon Samuels who is playing in the IPL, was the top scorer in the domestic four-day competition despite failing to score a century.

Australia had a clear plan to serve him up with the odd short ball and, again, their preparation paid off.

On 22 he was caught in two minds to a shorter delivery from Harris and as he turned away, the ball came off the edge and went high to wicket-keeper Matthew Wade who took his second catch.

It proved to be the best over of the morning as Harris then had Carlton Baugh edging the second ball he faced through a vacant third slip and next ball Ricky Ponting, diving to his right, just failed to hold on to the toughest chance offered so far. (AFP)

Brief Score: West Indies 291 for 5 (Kirk Edwards 61, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 58*, Kraigg Brathwaite 57; Ryan Harris 2 for 63) vs Australia

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