Ashwell Prince’s 262-ball 78 not out effectively said to Shivnarine Chanderpaul: “You think you can bat time? Come on. Let’s see what you’re made of.”
Why would you do that? Shiv has now found himself in a situation where the West Indies are deep into their second innings, only a handful of runs ahead, with bags of time left. If someone could stay with him, he could bat for two whole days and get 61 not out. It would be a thing of rare beauty.
Sadly, Shiv’s best hope was Dwayne Bravo who’s already out. Bravo batted alongside Shiv in the last Test and scored a stunningly grindsome 215-ball 53 – an innings that somewhat ludicrously featured a six at one point. Never one to be outdone, Shiv weighed anchor upon reaching 150 in that match and crawled to 166 off a further 95 balls, as pointed out by Andy Zaltzman in his Confectionery Stall blog for Cricinfo.
Next week, Luke Wright dares Shahid Afridi to renounce shot selection completely.