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Windies recover in Hamilton

A double century stand from Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped the West Indies recover against New Zealand in the third Test in Hamilton.

The tourists finished day one on 289-6 - a significant turnaround after being reduced to 86-5 before Ramdin and Chanderpaul spearheaded the fightback.

Ramdin scored 107 before falling to Corey Anderson (3-25) in the closing overs of the day, while Chanderpaul was six runs short of his 29th Test century at stumps.

The Windies had been making good progress early on despite the loss of Kieran Powell.

Powell had been providing the impetus - such as it was - to the West Indies innings but he tried an ill-advised ramp shot off Neil Wagner to be caught behind just after drinks, leaving them 41-1.

The innings ground to a virtual standstill at thereafter, with Kraigg Brathwaite, playing because of an injury to first-Test double centurion Darren Bravo, perhaps suffering after being felled by a bouncer.

Collapse

But he took advantage of a couple of bad balls from Kane Williamson, then took 11 - including back-to-back boundaries - off the final over before lunch, bowled by Ish Sodhi.

However the collapse began in the third over after the break as Brathwaite (45) fended a Tim Southee bouncer to gully.

In his next over Southee found the edge of Kirk Edwards' bat for a caught-behind decision given on review, and four balls later Marlon Samuels departed for a duck as he slashed wildly at Anderson and Kane Williamson claimed his second catch at gully.

Narsingh Deonarine was next to go, lbw to Anderson despite a review which showed the decision was marginal, leaving his side 86-5.

In Chanderpaul, though, they had the perfect man for the situation, and he and Ramdin set about righting the ship.

They played sensibly and took advantage of anything overpitched to keep the scoreboard ticking over, both reaching tea on 30.

Ramdin struck back-to-back fours off Southee to pass 50 before enjoying a moment of fortune as he was dropped by a diving Williamson at mid-wicket off Ish Sodhi.

Chanderpaul reached his half-century soon after and the pair looked to up the rate.

Ramdin hit successive fours off Trent Boult to take him into the 90s, then was dropped for a second time attempting to make it three in a row.

An edge over the slips to the boundary gave Ramdin his century but he could not make it through to the end of the day as he was caught behind off Anderson.