Sixth-wicket pair puts on 200 to help West Indies reach 289 for 6 on day one of final Test
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin rescued West Indies from a perilous position on Thursday (December 19) as the sidebattled to 289 for 6 on the first day of the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
At stumps, Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 94, with Darren Sammy yet to score as West Indies fight to win the Test in a bid to level the three-match series.
With three overs remaining in the day, Ramdin was dismissed for 107, his fourth century, to end the sixth-wicket stand that lifted the score to respectability after another collapse had seen West Indies slump to 86-5 soon after lunch.
After Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, had won the toss and opted to bowl, West Indies had added just 142 runs were in the first two sessions But the post-tea session of play yielded a further 147 runs.
West Indies had progressed cautiously to 77 for 1, but collapsed to 86 for 5 in the space of 34 deliveries before Ramdin joined Chanderpaul to put the side back on track.
Kieran Powell was the only wicket to fall in the first session when he tried to cut a rising Neil Wagner delivery, only to edge it to BJ Watling, the wicketkeeper.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell had added 41 runs for the first wicket. Brathwaite scored 45, before his dismissal soon after lunch started the top order collapse. Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine followed quickly and West Indies was on the ropes.
But Chanderpaul and Ramdin batted the side out of trouble, making New Zealand pay for dropped chances. Ramdin had a let-off on 57 when Kane Williamson spilled a chance at midwicket, and another on 92 when Tim Southee dropped the ball at short cover point. His luck ran out when he was caught behind off Corey Anderson.
Anderson was the most successful of the New Zealand bowlers with 3 for 25. New Zealand is playing the same team that won the second Test while the West Indies made three changes.
Sunil Narine replaced Shane Shillingford, who has been suspended for an illegal bowling action, Braithwaite came in for injured Darren Bravo and Veerasammy Permaul took the place of Shannon Gabriel.