5th Test: West Indies 349-4 at stumps on Day 3

Updated: 09 March 2009 11:49 IST

Chris Gayle scored his 10th Test century as his team cruised past the follow-on target and reached 349-4 at stumps on day three of the decisive final Test.

5th Test: West Indies 349-4 at stumps on Day 3

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West Indies captain Chris Gayle scored his 10th Test century on Sunday as his team cruised past the follow-on target and reached 349-4 at stumps on day three of the decisive fifth and final Test against England.

The hosts are still 197 runs in arrears as it chases England's first-innings total of 546-6 declared at Queen's Park Oval.

Gayle strained his right hamstring while sprinting a quick single to bring up his hundred and retired hurt immediately afterward. The 29-year-old captain's 100 included 10 fours and two sixes off 161 balls in 228 minutes.

Gayle, who resumed on 49 with the West Indies 92-1, was more circumspect than the previous evening. He added just four boundaries in reaching his century off 161 balls in 226 minutes.

Brendan Nash hit 70 not out and Shivnarine Chanderpaul 52 not out to share an unbroken stand of 146 for the fifth wicket that spanned the last session and a half and dulled England's attack.

Nash was particularly expansive through the offside, cracking 12 fours off 167 balls. Chanderpaul, limited by a sore groin, notched three boundaries off 162 deliveries.

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar took 2-84, while debutant fast bowler Amjad Khan claimed his first Test wicket by dismissing Ramnaresh Sarwan and finished with 1-74. Stuart Broad grabbed 1-42.

"We set a game plan today to go out there and take it session by session," Gayle said. "Sarwan didn't get any runs today, so someone actually had to put up their hands up and definitely get a big one and I was the first who actually wanted to do that.

"Chanderpaul and Nash are doing a brilliant job. It's just for them to continue in the same vein."

England landed the early blows with two wickets inside the first hour.

Nightwatchman Daren Powell failed to score as Broad hurried him with a bouncer that he fended off to gully, and Khan then claimed Sarwan in his first failure of the series to make it 118-3.

Sarwan had been dropped at slip by Paul Collingwood off Panesar but was out next over when he played across the line on 14.

Gayle and debutant Lendl Simmons shared a restorative stand of 77 either side of lunch to lift the West Indies. But both batsmen departed in differing circumstances to revive England.

Gayle, sprinting a quick single after a misfield, would have been run out if Owais Shah's return had hit the stumps. Instead, Gayle got home and reached three figures but, in the process, damaged his hamstring so badly he had to hobble off the field.

"It's just one of those things. When you're on 99, you tend to put out the extra effort for that single," Gayle said. "Hopefully, I can get well soon and get back in the game."

Gayle was to have an MRI scan on Monday to reveal the extent of the damage but said he would return if need be.

When Simmons' confident innings of 24 was ended by a clear lbw dismissal to Panesar, the home team was uncertain at 203-4. Simmons, despite taking 24 balls to get off the mark, looked accomplished in hitting two fours off 79 deliveries.

Nash and Chanderpaul carried the hosts to tea at 251-4 despite a few alarms. Nash was dropped at silly point by England captain Andrew Strauss when 19 and also had a confident lbw appeal off Panesar turned down.

The pair was more fluent in the final session, and even the second new ball failed to deliver the breakthrough for England.

Nash arrived at his fourth Test half century off 98 balls while Chanderpaul took 142 deliveries to reach his landmark.



Topics : Cricket England West Indies Andrew Strauss
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