Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul stitched together a brilliant partnership to pull West Indies out of seriously troubled waters on day one of the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
Staring at a low score at 86 for five, following a stunning collapse of four for nine, Chanderpaul (94 n.o., 168b, 10x4), evergreen and still WI's most dependable batsman, and Ramdin (107, 148b, 18x4), under scrutiny for his batting, played wonderfully well, putting on 200 in 49.5 overs to help West Indies to 289 for six at the close of play.
Ramdin's wicket towards the end was a little bit of a dampener, but West Indies' stomach for a fight, while backed into a corner, was undeniable.
"It's [the dressing room] a little more relaxed now," Ramdin said. "We were under some pressure, first day of a Test match and 80-odd for five. We needed a partnership.
"The legend, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, guided me through that period. 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 today is an even day."
The wicket is not a typical New Zealand one, with the pitch quite slow and offering spin and bounce for the slower bowlers - something that West Indies' two spinners would have noted with glee.
"It looks a pretty good wicket but we have bowled on flatter and slower wickets before so it's no excuse," New Zealand pacer Tim Southee told Radio Sport. "It is a good cricket wicket.
"Ramdin played extremely well. He came out and played his shots and had a good innings so it was nice to get a fresh one [batsman] out there for the morning."
Earlier, the West Indies were decently perched on 71 for one at Lunch, before opener Kraigg Brathwaite's wicket triggered a collapse which saw four wickets falling for just nine runs, before Chanderpaul and Ramdin began their immense rescue act.
"We got some stern words at lunchtime because our standards are higher than what we showed in that first session," Southee added. "After lunch, we bowled very well and managed to throw a few wickets on top to make it look better.
"It was a disappointing middle to end of the day but good to pick up that one at the end of the day. We will take a look at it and I think there is room for improvement... and hopefully we can finish them up tomorrow."
Where to Watch Live
The second day of the third Test is scheduled for a 3am IST start on early Friday morning with live coverage on Neo Prime in India. Unfortunately, there is no official live streaming option available. Viewers in the U.S. can live stream the match online by clicking HERE