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Chanderpaul and Bravo rally
Windies avoid follow-on and are 363 for 7 at stumps on day three of the first test.
Last Modified: 19 May 2007 19:02 GMT

Windies batsman Dwayne Bravo, left, scored a quick-fire 56 from 59 to get his side out of trouble [AFP]

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin put on a late stand to ensure their side avoided the follow-on against England in the first Test, as the Windies finished on 363 for 7 at stumps on day three at Lord's on Saturday.
With England declaring their first innings closed overnight at 553 for 5, the West Indies are still 190 behind with two days to play, with Chanderpaul not out 63 and Daren Powell yet to score.

With England's left-arm spinner Monty Panesar on fire, the West Indies were struggling at 187 for 5 at one stage before Dwayne Bravo and Chanderpaul staged a fight back followed by the latter's 83-run partnership with Ramdin.

Panesar took 4 for 108 in 31 overs, including a 29-over spell broken only by lunch and tea, but he went wicket-less in the final session as Bravo smashed 56 from 59 balls including eight fours and a six in his 92-run stand with Chanderpaul.

However Bravo gave his innings away when pulling Paul Collingwood to Alastair Cook at square leg, with the medium-pacer taking only his second Test wicket.

England's bowling attack suffered a blow when paceman Matthew Hoggard left the field with a thigh strain having bowled ten overs without success.

Earlier, Liam Plunkett bowled Chris Gayle for 30 with a delivery that swung in and clipped the left-hander's off-stump after he'd played down the wrong line, before Panesar went on the rampage, starting with the wicket of Devon Smith for 21 with his first ball.

Panesar destroys top order

Panesar then had West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan hiding his bat behind his pad, given out LBW for 35 by Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf, before showing how he could provide both variety and control in ending Daren Ganga's near three-hour innings when the opener, on 49 was LBW.

Runako Morton, who scored a century in the tourists' lone warm-up match against Somerset, also fell LBW to Panesar's arm-ball after he too didn't offer a shot.

Chanderpaul then led the Windies comeback with help from Bravo and Ramdin, but just when it looked the visitors would reach stumps with only six wickets down, Ramdin was caught by a diving Collingwood at third slip off Durham team-mate Plunkett for 60.

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