Ramdin & Chanderpaul Launch Stunning Recovery
West Indies 289-6 (Ramdin 107) v New Zealand
Third Test, Hamilton, day one
At stumps on day one of the third and final Test in Hamilton, West Indies recovered to reach 286 for six after New Zealand had initially restricted them to 86 for five with Denesh Ramdin smashing a superb 107 and veteran Shiv Chanderpaul 94 not out overnight.
After winning the toss Brendon McCullum inserted the West Indies, who got off to a solid start with openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell putting on 41 for the first wicket before the latter was caught behind off the bowling of Wagner.
What followed after lunch, however, was a collapse of epic proportions with the West Indies crumbling from 77 for one to 86 for five - seamers Tim Southee (2-56) and Corey Anderson (3-25) taking two wickets each as the chaos unfolded.
Chanderpaul and Ramdin then set about keeping the Black Caps' rampant pace attack at bay, rebuilding the innings in the bright sunshine, by putting on a glorious 200-run partnership - only the eighth double-century stand for the sixth wicket by the West Indies.
After being dropped twice on 57 and 92 Ramdin hit his fourth Test century, departing shortly after on 107 when Anderson - the pick of the bowlers - induced an edge to BJ Watling behind the stumps.
At 286 for six the tourists had recovered spectacularly from their middle-order collapse and it was left to Chanderpaul (94 not out) and captain Darren Sammy (0 not out) to bat out the three remaining overs of Day one, finishing on 289 for six.
Chanderpaul will resume on day two just six runs away from his 29th Test century.
New Zealand, who lead the series 1-0 were unchanged while the West Indies made three changes. Brathwaite replaced the injured Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine came in for the suspended Shane Shillingford and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul plays instead of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.
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