Sarwan,Chanderpaul defy England

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul shared an unbroken century partnership...

Written by Craig Cozier | St John's | Published: February 20, 2009 11:49:54 pm

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul shared an unbroken century partnership on Thursday as the West Indies frustrated England’s victory pursuit on the fifth and final day of the third Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

Sarwan hit an unbeaten 73 and Chanderpaul added 40 not out as the home team,resuming on 143/3,went to lunch on 196/3 after a rain-shortened first session. Sarwan followed his century in the first Test and a fine 94 in the first innings with another fluent performance. Chanderpaul,eager to make up for two cheap dismissals in the series,notched four boundaries off 96 deliveries in 144 minutes.

Morning showers gave the visitors early problems as the start was delayed by an hour and a quarter. Once play began,England were left with 87 overs to pry out the West Indies,set an unlikely victory target of 503. Captain Andrew Strauss used his four frontline bowlers but all-rounder Andrew Flintoff,suffering from an injured hip,was not called upon despite being on the field throughout the session.

Flintoff is set to undergo a scan when the teams travel to Barbados on Friday to assess the extent of his injury,and the tourists are reluctant to aggravate his injury. (AP)

Brief scores (at lunch): England 566 for 9 decl and 221 for 8 decl; West Indies 285 and 196/3 (C Gayle 46,R Sarwan 73 n.o.,S Chanderpaul 40 n.o.; Broad 1/33,Swann 1/63,Harmison 1/28)

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