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Chanderpaul ton gives West Indies edge

New Zealand ends day two on 156 for 3, with Narine taking two wickets after West Indies posts 367

Chanderpaul ton gives West Indies edge - Cricket News
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 17th unbeaten Test century, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar's tally.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's record 17th unbeaten Test century and a master-class from a patched-up spin attack gave West Indies the edge over New Zealand as it chased a series-levelling win on Friday (December 20). 

Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 122 took him past Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of unbeaten Test tons, and put him sixth on the all-time run-scorers’ list as West Indies finished its first innings on 367 all out. New Zealand finished the second day of the third Test in Hamilton on 156 for 3. 

Ross Taylor, seeking his third century in as many Tests, was on 56 and Brendon McCullum was on 11 after New Zealand lost Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton, the two openers, cheaply. 

Taylor shared a 95-run partnership with Kane Williamson (58) for the third wicket. Williamson became the second victim for Sunil Narine, who had been drafted into the side after Shane Shillingford's ban for an illegal action. The many variations in the twin spin assault of Narine and Veerasammy Permaul caused multiple problems for the New Zealand batsmen, who struggled to read the turning ball. 

But the real honours for West Indies lay with Chanderpaul, who came to the rescue, and rewrote the record books into the bargain, when it was in trouble at 86 for 5 on the first day. His 200-run partnership with Denesh Ramdin (107) and late cameo stands with Permaul (20) and Tino Best (25) gave West Indies a respectable total to defend. 

When Chanderpaul reached his 29th Test hundred by smacking Tim Southee past gully to the boundary, he immediately went down on his knees to kiss the pitch. It was a gesture to celebrate the hundred as well as the achievement of batting his team out of trouble as West Indies. Chanderpaul's innings lifted him to 11,199 runs from 153 Tests, overtaking Allan Border (11,174) as the sixth most prolific run-scoring Test batsmen, and 754 runs behind the fifth-placed Brian Lara. 

New Zealand made an uncertain start to its response with Fulton and Rutherford struggling to find runs and both fell after snappy catches by Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, who was celebrating his 30th birthday. Sammy just snuck his fingers under the ball at ground level to have Rutherford caught and bowled for 10. 

The introduction of spin saw Fulton out for 11 when he flicked the third delivery from Narine down the leg side where Sammy grasped a sharp, reflex catch. 

But while the spinners kept Williamson and Taylor guessing, and beat the bat several times, the partnership survived 34 overs before Narine trapped Williamson lbw. McCullum appeared mesmerised by Narine at first, and could not get bat to ball with the first two deliveries he faced before he belted two boundaries to try to throw the spinners off his line. Narine ended the day with 2 for 43 off 22 overs.

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