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Ramdin revived the West Indies with a game-changing century
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin scored a century and veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 94 as they saved their country from being humiliated by New Zealand on the first day of the third Test in Hamilton.
Ramdin and Chanderpaul’s 200-run partnership was vital for the West Indies as they looked to be in danger of having a complete meltdown at 86/5.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bowl first.
His decision looked to be the right one as opening batsman Kieran Powell was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Wagner for 26.
Kraigg Brathwaite managed to score 45 runs off 105 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was caught by Kane Williamson at gully off the bowling of Tim Southee.
Following Brathwaite’s dismissal, the West Indies lost three wickets in quick succession as Marlon Samuels, Kirk Edwards and Narsingh Deonarine were all dismissed cheaply.
With the West Indies struggling at 86/5, Chanderpaul and Ramdin came to the rescue with a superb 200-run partnership, during which Ramdin brought up his fourth Test century and Chanderpaul his half-century.
Just after passing the century mark, Ramdin was caught behind off the bowling of Corey Anderson for 107.
Ramdin’s outstanding knock of 107 came off 148 deliveries and included 18 boundaries.
Chanderpaul and West Indies captain Darren Sammy put together a three-run partnership before stumps was called.
Chanderpaul finished on 94 off 168 balls, which included 10 boundaries, while Sammy has yet to score.
Anderson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with three wickets, while Southee snapped up two and Wagner chipped in with one.
The West Indies ended the day on 289/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).