Shivnarine Chanderpaul led a determined rearguard as West Indies unexpectedly took the third Test against England into the final day here at Old Trafford.
Chanderpaul hit an unbeaten 81 in a total of 301-5 on Sunday, with 154 more runs needed on Monday (today) to pull off what would be a record chase in Test cricket.
He was helped admirably by Runako Morton (54) and Dwayne Bravo (49). For England, Monty Panesar took three of the four wickets to fall on a frustrating day for the home team.
England appealed regularly for lbw, and the odd bat-pad catch, but the umpires were not unduly harsh in denying the vast majority.
Aleem Dar, standing at Panesar’s end, was constantly in the action and had a superb day.
Chanderpaul batted for four and a half hours with immense concentration — a quality he has shown on many occasions in his long career.
England’s fans had expected a totally different day, with Panesar expected to be a major threat on a wearing pitch.
But though he bowled well, Chanderpaul — despite being vulnerable as a left-hander with rough areas outside his off-stump — dealt with him admirably.
On another sunny morning at Old Trafford, with West Indies resuming on 22-1 in search of a mammoth target of 455, the early signs for England were encouraging.
Harmison’s first few overs, in what has generally been a difficult series for him, combined hostility with accuracy.
Unsurprinsingly, it was Panesar who took the fourth wicket, removing Morton lbw.
The Nevis right-hander had batted for nearly three hours, putting on 73 with Chanderpaul, and was furious with himself for having chosen to play no shot to a ball that pitched on off and just about held its own.
The wicket gave England a boost before tea, which came with the scoreboard on 199-4.
Dwayne Bravo hit his runs aggressively, and was keen to take on the spinners, with two confident boundaries in one over from Panesar.
England won toss
England 1st inns 370 (A N Cook 60, M P Vaughan 41, I R Bell 97, M J Prior 40, Extras 47)
West Indies 1st inns 229 (D S Smith 40, S Chanderpaul 50, Extras 42; M S Panesar 4-50)
England 2nd inns 313 (A N Cook 106, M P Vaughan 40, K P Pietersen 68, P D Collingwood 42; D J G Sammy 7-66)
West Indies 2nd inns (overnight 22-1)
C H Gayle c Collingwood b Harmison 16
*D Ganga lbw b Harmison 0
D S Smith c Cook b Panesar 42
R S Morton lbw b Panesar 54
S Chanderpaul not out 81
D J Bravo c Cook b Panesar 49
†D Ramdin not out 26
Extras (b10, lb12, w8, nb3) 33
Total (5 wkts, 98 overs) 301
To bat: D J G Sammy, C D Collymore, J E Taylor, F H Edwards
Fall: 1-4, 2-35, 3-88, 4-161, 5-249
Bowling: Sidebottom 21-5-48-0 (1nb); Harmison 22-6-70-2 (2nb, 2w); Panesar 34-10-87-3; Plunkett 16-2-57-0 (2w); Pietersen 5-2-17-0
Series: England lead the 4-match series 1-0
Test debut: Darren Sammy (West Indies)
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and B F Bowden (New Zealand). TV umpire: P J Hartley. Match referee: A G Hurst (Australia)
Previous matches: May 17-21 1st Test Lord’s, match drawn. May 25-28 2nd Test Leeds, England won by an innings and 283 runs
Fourth & final Test: June 15-19, Chester-le-StreetMore on:Aleem Dar, Dwayne Bravo, england, monty panesar, Runako Morton, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies
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