Thursday, 19 December 2013

3rd Test: 200 Runs Partnership Helps West Indies to Reach 289/6 in Day 1 Against New Zealand

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field against West Indies in the 3rd Test Cricket Match Played at Hamilton. West Indies has scored 289 for 6 (Ramdin 107, Chanderpaul 94*, Anderson 3-25) at the end of Day 1. Click here for the Full Scorecard Update. WI were reeling at 86/5 before Ramdin (107) and Chanderpaul (94*) put on a 200-run stand to help the visitors to 289/6 at stumps.

After being sent in by McCullum, the openers got them off to a steady start. Both batsmen were cautious in their approach as they saw off the first hour without any hiccups. However, Powell was tired of blocking as he went after a short delivery and nicked it to Watling. Other than that the batsmen have looked solid and Brathwaite looks good at one end. The new ball bowlers didn't get any assistance from the pitch. Wagner used his variations well to be the pick of the bowlers. With the pitching looking flat it is going to be hard toil for the Kiwis if they don't get wickets

New Zealand bowled well and picked up four wickets in the Second Session. As much as it was good bowling, it was much poorer batting from West Indies. All of their batsmen threw their wickets away. Brathwaite after getting a start fended away from the body and gave catching practise to gully. After that it was another procession as Edwards, Samuels and Deonarine fell in quick succession. Southee was the pick of the bowlers, as he started it all by gettin Brathwaite early in the session. He was well supported by Anderson who also picked up two wickets.

A 200 run partnership between Ramdin and Chanderpaul makes at an even day of Test cricket. After reeling at 86 for 4 in the post lunch session, West Indies were given the stability by some good sensible batting. Ramdin was excellent in his batting display, as he mixed caution with aggression to get to his 4th Test hundred, it had been a while since he got his last one. He had an able partner in Chanderpaul at the other end, who went about business as usual and remained unbeaten at the the end of the day.

The New Zealand bowlers tried hard but were not supported well in the field as they dropped three catches and did some sloppy groundwork. However, with figures of 3 for 25, Anderson was the pick of the bowlers and was well supported by Southee. The hero from the last match, Trent Boult had a forgettable day in the office as he didn't get his line and length right throughout the day. Sodhi was also expensive, but truth be told, that they dropped two chances of his bowling.


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