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Chanderpaul six gives Windies victory
April 11, 2008 09:20 IST
Chasing Sri Lanka's total of 235 for seven, West Indies finished with their last pair of Chanderpaul and Fidel Edwards at the crease needing 10 from the last two balls and up against Sri Lanka's top bowler Chaminda Vaas [Images].
Chanderpaul hit the penultimate ball for a straight four and then crashed a full toss from Vaas over the mid-wicket boundary for a remarkable victory.
The game was the first in a three match one-day series.
Earlier, Chamara Kapugedera (95) and Chamara Silva (67) put on a sixth wicket partnership of 159 to turn around Sri Lanka's innings.
Sri Lanka had been reeling at 49 for five after Dwayne Bravo [Images] claimed three early wickets for West Indies before the pair resurrected their team's chances at the Queen's Park Oval.
Bravo, who bowled with great intelligence in his opening spell, ended with figures of four for 32.
Kapugedera's impressive knock lasted until the penultimate ball of the innings when, searching for his century, he was trapped lbw by Fidel Edwards. Sri Lanka finished on 235 for seven.
The second game is at the same venue on Saturday and then the final match in St Lucia on Tuesday.
West Indies won last week's Test match with a day to spare, squaring the two-Test series 1-1 and they went into the game in confident mood.
That mood was enhanced by a blistering start to the day for the West Indies bowling attack.
Pace bowler Fidel Edwards ensured that Mahela Udawatte's international debut was a brief affair, a super yorker removing his off stump for nought and then Jerome Taylor [Images] claimed the precious wicket of Kumar Sangakkara for 23.
It was Bravo who did the main damage, claiming Upul Tharanga's wicket in the 11th over for 10 when the batsman played on. He added skipper Mahela Jayawardene [Images], caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at point for one, leaving the tourists reeling at 41 for four.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was the next to go, Bravo getting the ball to move away off the seam for a catch behind. He scored two.
At 49 for five, Sri Lanka desperately needed a solid partnership if they were to salvage something from their innings and they got that -- and plenty more -- from the stand between Silva and Kapugedera.
Kapugedera brought up the 200 with a six over mid-wicket off Sulieman Benn and followed it, in the same over, with an even bigger one over mid-on.
The partnership finally ended when Silva holed out to West Indies captain Chris Gayle giving Bravo his fourth wicket. The pair had occupied the wicket for 31.3 overs and scored at a rate of 5.04 per over.