New Zealand vs West Indies 3rd Test Day 2: West Indies still on top behind Chanderpaul’s century

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Chanderpaul became the sixth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket history

The West Indies continued to hold the upper hand over New Zealand on the second day of the third Test in Hamilton after veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored a spectacular century.

Chanderpaul made history during his stellar innings as he surpassed the legendary Allan Border to become the sixth-highest all-time run-scorer in Test cricket history.

Starting out the day on 289/6, West Indies veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and captain Darren Sammy only managed to add seven runs onto their three-run partnership before Sammy was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee for only three runs.

Chanderpaul managed to bring up his 29th Test century, but failed to convert it into a much bigger score as he was running out of partners.

Veerasammy Permaul and Tino Best smashed a quickfire 20 and 25 respectively before the West Indies were bowled out for 367.

Chanderpaul was left stranded out in the middle on 122 off 229 balls, which included 11 boundaries.

Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with four wickets, while Corey Anderson snapped up three and Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Ish Sodhi all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 367, New Zealand got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Hamish Rutherford out caught and bowled by Sammy for only 10 runs.

Rutherford’s opening partner, Peter Fulton, failed to last much longer as he was brilliantly caught by Sammy at leg slip off the bowling of Sunil Narine for 11.

With Rutherford and Fulton having been dismissed in quick succession, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor came to the rescue with a brilliant 95-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Williamson was given out lbw off the bowling of Narine.

Williamson reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was clipping leg stump and the third umpire upheld the original decision.

Williamson’s excellent knock of 58 came off 148 deliveries and included five boundaries.

Taylor and Brendon McCullum put together an unbeaten 18-run partnership before stumps was called.

Taylor finished on 56 off 133 balls, which included eight boundaries, while McCullum remained undefeated on 11 off 23 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Narine was the most successful West Indian bowler with two wickets, while Sammy picked up one.

New Zealand ended the day on 156/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).

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