Sunil Narine proves handful against New Zealand

Shivnarine ChanderpaulShivnarne Chanderpaul kneels down to kiss the pitch on reaching his 29th international test century against New Zealand on the second day of their third international cricket match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. AP/PTI

Off-spinner Sunil Narine was already indicating he would be a factor later in the game as he put New Zealand's batsmen under immense pressure on the second day of the third test on Friday before the hosts finished on 156 for three at the close of play.

Narine, who has now taken 14 of his 17 test wickets against New Zealand, captured the key wicket of Kane Williamson shortly before the close as the 23-year-old batsman had seemed well set with Ross Taylor to capitalise on the third day at Seddon Park.

Taylor was 56 not out, taking his series tally to 418 runs, while captain Brendon McCullum was on 11 at the close with the hosts still 211 runs behind the visitors' 367.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul had earlier brought up his 29th test century and became the sixth highest test run scorer of all time as he moved to 11,199 runs when he finished 122 not out after the tourists added 78 runs to their overnight 289-6 before being dismissed.

Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara is in fifth place on 11,953 while the recently retired Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 15,921.

"We are probably behind the eight ball a little bit having to bat last on this wicket and the wicket taking some turn," New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond told Radio Sport.

"There was a lot made of Sunil Narine coming back into the team and the variation he offers and I think the guys have found it challenging.

"For the rest of the batsmen tomorrow it's about getting set, getting in, getting a good look at him and as Ross showed you can score runs against him."


New Zealand's innings started badly when openers Hamish Rutherford (10) and Peter Fulton (11) were both dismissed by two brilliant Darren Sammy catches.

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