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* Chanderpaul hits 111 as visitors reach 256-5
* Ojha pick of Indian bowlers
By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Nov 6 Shivnarine Chanderpaul enhanced
his reputation as a nemesis for India with an unbeaten century
to power West Indies to 256 for five on the opening day of the
first test on Sunday.
The 37-year-old left-hander with an unorthodox stance shone
in a 108-run fourth wicket stand with protege Kraigg Brathwaite
(63) to bail out the team that was reeling at 72-3 soon after
Chanderpaul was batting on 111 off 167 balls at stumps,
having hit seven fours and two sixes in what was his seventh
century against India and 24th overall.
Carlton Baugh was giving him company on 19 as West Indies
made a substantial recovery after the Indian spin duo of Pragyan
Ojha (3-58) and debutant Ravichandran Ashwin (2-79) had mauled
their top order.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy's decision to bat first
appeared to have boomeranged as his counterpart Mahendra Singh
Dhoni exploited the visitors' spin frailty.
Ojha was brought into the attack in the 10th over and the
left-arm spinner did not let his captain down.
Ojha dropped Kieran Powell (14) off his sixth delivery but
made amends when he returned to trap the batsman leg before in
his next over.
Ashwin was pressed into service for a two-pronged spin
attack and Ojha struck again in the 24th over when the in-form
Kirk Edwards (15) drove forwards to give the spinner a return
Ashwin forced a delivery through Darren Bravo's (12) porous
defence in the first over after lunch for his maiden test wicket
before Brathwaite and Chanderpaul dug in.
"He played really well, playing it his way which is very
patient. I think he did his job," Chanderpaul told reporters of
teenager Brathwaite, who grew up idolising him.
Ojha eventually ended Brathwaite's 262-minute vigil by
getting him stumped soon after the tea break and Ashwin had
Marlon Samuels (15) caught behind.
Dhoni's role on both occasions made him the Indian stumper
with the highest number of test dismissals (200) against his
"The stumping was amazing. I deceived him with flight and I
really enjoyed the dismissal," Ojha said.
"They were trying to bat with lot of discipline. They were
playing straight and with not too many fancy shots."
The spinner was full of admiration for Chanderpaul.
"More than his stance, he brings a lot of experience. We had
a couple of half-chances while he was sweeping the ball. I
enjoyed bowling to the legend. Hopefully I'll get him out
(Editing by Mark Meadows; To comment on this story, email
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