Ramdin acknowledges Chanderpaul support

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin was pleased to be at the fore of the West Indies' recovery on day one of the third and final Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin was pleased to be at the fore of the West Indies' recovery on day one of the third and final Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.

A slew of early breakthroughs reduced the Windies to 86 for five, before Ramdin orchestrated a fine century to push the total to 289 for six. The fighting vigil featured 18 boundaries before seamer Corey Anderson struck in the 87th over.

The veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, meanwhile, moved to a rearguard half-century during a telling 200-run alliance alongside the right-handed Ramdin. The pair spent one delivery less than 50 overs together.

"It's a little more relaxed now. We were under some pressure, first day of a Test match and 80-odd for five. We needed a partnership. The legend, Shivnarine, guided me through that period," said Ramdin.

"I had a couple of chances, he just told me to tighten up and keep going. We worked in little partnerships. I enjoy batting with him and I guess this is an even day."

Chanderpaul and captain Darren Sammy will resume on 94 not out and zero not out respectively on Friday.

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