PM’s XI v WI Test, Day 02 Highlights; West Indies openers make bright start, Chanderpaul boosts Test hopes with ton

Former West Indies batter Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s son Tagenarine Chanderpaul has hit a century against in his first knock for West Indies on Thursday.

26-years old Tagenarine, who got his maiden call-up for West Indies’ national side, reached his 100 during team’s warm up game against Prime Minister’s XI in the ongoing four-day tour match on Thursday.

Chanderpaul, the son of West Indies great Shivnarine Chanderpaul, scored 119 off 293 balls on Thursday to lift his side to 7-234 at stumps on day two of the pink-ball match in Canberra.

He fell in the last over of the day when he gloved a Joel Paris bouncer that skied to the wicketkeeper.

The PM’s XI made 322 in their first innings, leaving the four-day clash delicately balanced.

Chanderpaul was the second-highest run-scorer in West Indies first-class cricket this year, averaging 73.16, while also starring for the country’s A team.

The 26-year-old’s knock against the PM’s XI has put his name up in lights ahead of the first Test against Australia at Perth’s Optus Stadium, starting November 30.

Even before the tour match began, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite backed Chanderpaul to succeed at Test level.

His son now wants to make a name for himself..

“I try and be myself,” Tagenarine Chanderpaul said.

“I can’t be him, so I can only be myself.

“Fingers crossed (I get picked for the first Test). I’ll try to get some runs if I’m selected.”

The PM’s XI added a further 25 runs to their overnight score of 9-297 before Mark Steketee was last man out for 15.

Paceman Alzarri Joseph was the pick of the touring bowlers with 4-65, while spinner Roston Chase finished with 2-72.

The tourists made a bright start to their innings, moving to 0-94 following strong efforts from Chanderpaul and Kraigg Brathwaite (47).

But when Brathwaite chopped on a Steketee delivery, it sparked a collapse of 4-44 as West Indies began to wobble.

WA paceman Paris found the edge of Nkrumah Bonner’s bat to send him packing for a duck, before spinner Todd Murphy bowled Devon Thomas and then trapped Kyle Mayers eight overs later.

Chanderpaul held the innings together, striking 13 fours and one six on the way to posting triple figures.

Paris (3-31 off 14.1 overs) and Murphy (3-27 off 22 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.

West Indies, who are ranked eighth in the world in Test cricket, will play the first Test against top-ranked Australia in Perth on November 30 followed by the second in Adelaide on December 8.

The day-night tour match is a key warm-up contest for the West Indies ahead of the first Test against Australia, starting next Wednesday in Perth.

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