New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 2nd day December 20, 2013

Narine threat gives WI advantage


New Zealand 156 for 3 (Williamson 58, Taylor 56*) trail West Indies 367 (Chanderpaul 122*, Ramdin 107, Southee 4-79) by 211 runs
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McGlashan: West Indies spinners found turn

West Indies threw New Zealand their stiffest challenge of the series in the third and final Test. First, their last two wickets added 60 to stretch the innings to 367. And then, Sunil Narine dealt the home batsmen a serious examination by spin. Narine picked up only two wickets, but he could easily have had more in an unchanged spell of 22-9-43-2. Kane Williamson made a fluent half-century before suddenly turning clueless against Narine. Ross Taylor went past 400 runs for the series with another calming fifty; he also had better fortune than Williamson and managed to survive the day.

Narine and Veerasammy Permaul sent down 45 of the 64 overs New Zealand played, and West Indies are yet to use their two part-time spinners. The pitch remained unhelpful for the fast bowlers, but afforded quick and sharp turn for the slow bowlers.

Taylor and Williamson started quite positively against the spinners from 43 for 2 after New Zealand lost their openers for contrasting knocks. Hamish Rutherford fell to his own premature exuberance and Peter Fulton went in Narine's first over after failing to rotate the strike for an hour and a half. Both wickets owing more to Darren Sammy's excellent catching than the quality of the deliveries.

Sammy first bent low in his follow through to pluck a low catch as Rutherford drove hard in the sixth over. In the 22nd over, he snapped up an extremely sharp reflex chance at backward short leg as Fulton flicked Narine. Fulton batted 71 deliveries to make just 11. While he left well, he also hit deliveries hard and straight to the fielders.

Williamson wasn't free-flowing as well in the company of Fulton, but opened up as Taylor came in. Both batsmen looked to take singles every over against both spinners after Sammy gave way following a spell of 10-5-17-1. They would stretch forward not looking to just smother the spin but to eagerly work the ball into gaps. Anything slightly short outside off was cut and guided for boundaries.

Even initially, though, there were problems. Taylor survived a review for leg-before by West Indies in Narine's second over, and Williamson escaped a few times, uppishly driving Permaul perilously close to fielders. The singles continued to accrue, though, and both batsmen motored towards fifties.

Sammy was moved to bringing back Tino Best for a four-over burst which was wayward but things turned around suddenly after that. Williamson first began to have difficulties against Narine, unable to handle the sharp turn on the offbreaks. He just escaped being bowled twice in succession, and then decided to move outside off stump to try and tackle the spin. He soon played outside the line of an offbreak to be trapped in front, his review going in vain, and the partnership ending on 95.

Narine had sparingly used the carrom ball till then. Now he began ripping them across the right-handers from round the wicket. Brendon McCullum was given three successive such balls when he came in; he missed the first two by a long margin, the third he managed to edge for a single. Taylor was left groping at a few straighter ones as well and New Zealand would have been relieved that most of the drama happened towards the close.

In the morning, Shivnarine Chanderpaul equalled Don Bradman's 29 Test centuries, went past Allan Border's tally of 11174 runs and remained unbeaten for the 45th time in 260 innings. Best and Permaul contributed twenties to push West Indies past 350, a mark that had seemed unimaginable at 86 for 5 on the first afternoon.

New Zealand could have ended the innings on 339, but Fulton dropped Best in the slips off Corey Anderson, another blot on the hosts' catching in this game. Best was on 4 then, and went on to make 25, his innings a mix of typical slogs and unusually sensible batting, before edging a heave to the wicketkeeper off legspinner Ish Sodhi in the 117th over. Permaul clubbed a run-a-ball 20.

The efforts of Nos 10 and 11, along with the indefatigable Chanderpaul, turned around a poor morning start for West Indies. Tim Southee began with his outswingers on target, getting Sammy to nick behind in the sixth over of the day. Sammy blocked his way to 3 off 28, following from his pair in a day in Wellington. But in the second session, he made some amends with his catching and bowling, setting the stage for Narine.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Satesh on December 21, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    @ jahbert58 this is the exact sort of nonsense that has brought us to our knees over the last decade. we frustrate & put down the guys who are trying and performing in exchange for mediocrity! Shiv has always placed a high price on HIS wicket & thank God he does because our total scores would always be lower than competitive. what's so wrong with wanting to be not out? everyone is selected to perform & while it is true that bowlers are selected to bowl - they have to learn to contribute with the bat also. how then can they do that if they have to constantly be "shielded" from the strike? What is so wrong to endeavor to pass Master Brian Lara? maybe that is just what our younger players who are not as "selfish" as Shiv NEEDS to have- a goal, high hopes and dreams- some ambitions!! not just play as if every game is the "hit & Giggle" version. Wanting to "outdo" Lara is something all our batsmen should be aiming for, but they have to put in the kind of WORK Shiv does!! SHIV - WI'S HERO!

  • Android on December 20, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I really don't know what kind of weak ass thinking sélection panel the wi have when will this change mann s narine and s shilinford should be played in every given test match and w the wi should have two real fast bowlers to back them up this is really getting old and wi cricket is getting know place aslong as we have the same sélection panel what happen to f edwards and j taylor or that of ravi when will this be corrected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????,,,,,

  • ESPN on December 20, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    We West Indies know how well Narine performs at the first class level and what de did to New Zealand when they last toured the West Indies. That's why I couldn't understand how Clive Butts et al could leave him out of this tour of New Zealand. He is our best Spinner!!!!!!!!

  • Derek on December 20, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx all things being relative just perhaps if Chanders had an opportunity to face a West Indies lackluster bowling attack he might have had 60 test centuries???

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Shiv keep it up since you came in the lime light you have been the back bone for west indies cricket congrats on your 29th test hundred i know you will score a lot more big ones i will like to ask why chanderpaul is not playing one dayers.

  • Cyril on December 20, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    If you get the chance, before he retires, please go and watch Chanderpaul. I've had the pleasure twice in the last year and can honestly say, "wow!" His stance is even more pronounced watching from side on as I prefer. He has so much time and a wicked array of scoring shots. Most impressive is his ability to change the pace of his innings. We have all seen this on TV in ODIs many times, but it is greatest in the longest form.

    I only pick players in my all-time XI who I've seen live, and Shiv is for certain in mine at 5. 3 Ponting, 4 Pietersen, 5 Chanderpaul - I'd watch that middle order!

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    "Trapped" you make it sound like Williamson was caught bang to rights. He was a long long way forward, and to give him out with a turning ball was a brave call, and the review only just had it clipping the outside of the stump, a not out call would have been back up as well. If anything that was very unlucky, he was playing beautifully. NZ terrible catching, that has developed under Hesson, is killing an excellent bowling attack

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Sachin was fighting alone until the fantastic four came to the fore.. but this guy Shiv has fought alone thru out his career.. yes there was Lara the legend but that's it.. WI with this team should have won a lot lot more games.. Pollard is a better batsman temperament wise than a few in their current test Squad.. hope Gayle can come back and probably come down the order so that he doesn't have to face the new ball.. He is not what he was and the vulnerability against a swinging ball is very evident when he bats.. he is too good to be heading back to the pavilion in the first hour of a test match.. I have been longing to see a lethal WI batting line up but it just isn't working.. World Cricket deserves it.. Hope they can find some motivation somewhere somehow..

  • soumyas on December 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Chanderpaul not out scoring a century and West Indies all out is a common score board I have been watching from long time, what is the problem with other batsmen ? people like gayle score 175 in 50 balls in T20's in IPL and completely look out of touch in test cricket.

  • Kevon on December 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I think WI needs new selectors, they pick some of the worst sides. I still think Sheldon Cotteral should have been given a chance over Permaul and Deonarine was still in the side and could have bowled as well. I think WI should have included Dwaye Bravo in the Test squad as well.