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Windies regain some pride on Day 1

By Chris Pike
19 December 2013 06:48PM EST

DENESH Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped the West Indies regain a sliver of pride on Day 1 of the Third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

The West Indies fought hard on the final day of the First Test in Dunedin but ultimately were helped to hold on for a draw thanks to rain, but the tourists were then humiliated by the Black Caps in Wellington.

New Zealand won by a massive innings and 73 runs inside three days in one of the West Indies worst losses in history.

That defeat for the Windies was multiplied heading into the Third Test at Seddon Park with off-spinner Shane Shillingford suspended for his bowling action and then First Test hero Darren Bravo ruled out with an injury.

Shillingford had been the West Indies' best bowler in the open two Tests while Bravo scored a brilliant 218 in the second innings in Dunedin to stave off defeat.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum won the toss to opening the final Test in Hamilton and decided to try to take advantage of some overhead conditions plus a pitch favourable to pace bowling.

However, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieron Powell showed some good fighting abilities putting on 41 runs for the first wicket before Powell was out caught behind off Neil Wagner by BJ Watling for 26.

Kirk Edwards and Brathwaite then also fought hard adding 36 for the second wicket before Brathwaite fell for a hard earned 45 when caught by Kane Williamson off Tim Southee. His 45 came off 105 deliveries and included six boundaries.

The West Indies were then 2-77 but then in desperate trouble soon after at 4-82 after Edwards was gone for six and Marlon Samuels for a nine-ball duck.

Yet another collapse appeared on the cards from the Windies especially when Narsingh Deonarine fell just two overs later for two when trapped LBW by Corey Anderson.

The West Indies were all of a sudden 5-86 having lost 4-9 since looking solid at 1-77.

However, that brought Chanderpaul and Ramdin together and the pair not only steadied the innings, but ensured that the West Indies survived until stumps on Day 1 and were heading towards a strong first innings score.

Chanderpaul and Ramdin survived through until tea with the score 5-142 and continued to look comfortable against the New Zealand bowling throughout the rest of the afternoon session.

Heading towards stumps, wicket-keeper batsman Ramdin brought up his century and it was a tremendous performance from a player who had been struggling so far in New Zealand.

It was the fourth Test century of the 28-year-old's career as he continued his impressive performances since regaining his spot in the West Indies team from Carlton Baugh last year.

He couldn’t quite make it all the way to stumps, though, falling to the second new ball for 107 when caught behind off Anderson.

His 107 came from 148 deliveries and included 18 boundaries.

Chanderpaul did survive, though, until stumps and will open Day 2 not out on 94 with captain Darren Sammy with him yet to score.

The 39-year-old Chanderpaul has already brought up 11,000 Test runs during the series in New Zealand and now is looking to record the 29th century of what is becoming one of the all-time great careers from a West Indian cricketer.

New Zealand's bowlers toiled hard with Anderson finishing with 3-25 from 14 overs but he did go off the field shortly before stumps appearing to injure a hamstring attempting a diving stop on the boundary rope.

Southee also finished the day with 2-56 for New Zealand and Wagner had 1-66.

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