Windies batsman Chanderpaul becomes only the 10th member of 10,000 club
22:09 GMT, 26 April 2012
Shivnarine Chanderpaul became just
the 10th player to score 10,000 Test runs, but his departure in the
final over of the day saw the initiative swing firmly back to Australia
on the fourth day of the third and final Test against West Indies in
Chanderpaul reached the milestone
with a single off Michael Clarke in his 140th Test as the 37-year-old
became only the second West Indian player to pass the landmark,
following Brian Lara who ended his career with 11,953.
Milestone: West Indies batsman Shivarine Chanderpaul celebrates his 10,000th Test run
However, it was the Australia captain who removed the West Indian with the first ball of the last over to leave the tourists firmly in control.
After wobbling on 45 for three, Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo put on 110 before the latter was out for 45.
It was then a huge blow for the hosts to lose Chanderpaul for 69 as they finished the day on 173 for five, needing 197 more for victory with five wickets remaining.
Earlier, local boy Shane Shillingford
took two wickets in the morning to end with four for 100 in the second
innings, and 10 for 219 overall, as Australia were all out for 259.
Ricky Ponting and Ed Cowan's half-centuries were the highest
contributions to an unimpressive total, but it still meant the hosts
were in pursuit of a testing score.
Hitting out: Chanderpaul on his way to 69
Resuming on 200 for six, a lead of 310, this morning, Australia added a
further 20 before Michael Hussey (32) became Shillingford's first victim
of the day, and ninth overall, when he was caught by Darren Sammy.
Ryan Harris (nine) and Ben Hilfenhaus (six) were next to fall, the
latter becoming Shillingford's 10th wicket to leave the tourists on 237.
Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon resisted somewhat and put on 22 between
them before the former was bowled for 21 by Kemar Roach to end the
That saw West Indies set a target of 370 for victory, but they made a woeful start, losing Adrian Barath for an 11-ball duck.
It was a stunning catch by Cowan, who dived to his right despite a well-timed flick by the batsman.
The hosts' task became harder when Australia removed Kraigg Braithwaite
for 14 with the score on 28. Clarke brought himself on to bowl and had
the batsman lbw after a late pull.
Kieran Powell made 24 before being straight bowled by Clarke and any West Indies run chase was looking unlikely.
Early strike: Australia celebrate dismissal of Adrian Barath
However, any gloom was brightened as Chanderpaul reached his milestone
with a tuck through mid-wicket and, although his own acknowledgement was
muted, everyone in the ground rose to applaud.
Chanderpaul moved on to his 50 – which came off 90 balls – with a
boundary off Harris and the hosts will have been hoping to reach the
close of play without further loss.
However, that was dashed when Bravo was removed, Matthew Wade getting
down well for a catch after the batsman got an edge to a Shane Watson
His 45 came off 148 balls and included five boundaries and the hosts
suffered another blow soon after when Chanderpaul departed from the
first ball of the final over from Clarke, who finished with three for
His 69 came off 122 balls and included six fours, but the pendulum had swung firmly back in Australia's favour.