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West Indies in strong recovery mode on day 1 of third test

Denesh Ramdin found his best batting form at the best possible time for the West Indies, scoring 107 (his fourth test century) and sharing a partnership of 200 runs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They took the West Indies from a very precarious position of 86/5, during a period, in which the men from the Caribbean appeared to have completely lost their way, moving from 77/1 to the fall of the fifth wicket at 86. At the close of play, Chanderpaul was still there, defiant as ever, on 94. Captain Darren Sammy was on naught at the other end, having just come in at the fall of Ramdin&;s wicket late in the day. The day started with news that the Windies had brought in three new players: Kraig Brathwaite to replace batsman, Darren Bravo who got injured during training, Sunil Narine, in place of fellow spinner Shane Shillingford, who has again been suspended by the International Cricket Council, due to an illegal bowling action, and Veerasammy Permaul, another spinner, brought in to replace fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. In the end, it took the resolute batting of Chanderpaul and Ramdin to retrieve the situation, somewhat, for the West Indies, but on a wicket seemingly not offering much assistance to the bowlers, they could require considerably more than their current score of 289 to make it a competitive total.