West Indies go into day three of the third Test against New Zealand confident of a positive outcome with the pitch at Hamilton aiding the spinners quite a bit.
Sunil Narine caused quite a bit of trouble to the New Zealand batsmen at the end of the second day, which the Kiwis finished on 156 for three, with Ross Taylor, yet again crossing the half-century mark, batting on 56 (133b, 8x4) along with Brendon McCullum (11, 23b, 2x4).
That score was in reply to West Indies' impressive 367 all out with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (122, 229b, 11x4) reaching yet another century and with it joining Denesh Ramdin in crossing the three-figure mark.
Kane Williamson, who got out late in the day, after making 58 (148b, 5x4), admitted he was surprised with the amount of spin that the pitch has produced after just a couple of days.
"Yeah, without a doubt [the spin has surprised us], hence why we bowled first. I've never really seen it spin like that [in Hamilton] but they're the cards we've been dealt and we need to turn up with a change of gameplan as a batting unit to face a lot of spin on a wicket that's very much conducive to spin bowling," the New Zealand No.3 said.
"None of the last two wickets have spun very much and we didn't expect this one to either. The first two balls I bowled, they spun. I set a field for it to slide across and it spun and I thought 'OK, that's interesting'. That's the way it is, you've got to roll with those changes and adapt accordingly."
West Indies have two frontline spinners in Narine and Veerasammy Permaul, with the former particularly dangerous, and Williamson understands it is up to the Kiwi batsmen to counter the extra turn.
"The challenge is different here having been thrown a curve ball," Williamson said. "It's a challenge for this team having taken steps to see how we adapt in favourable conditions to the opposition."
Chanderpual, on the other hand, had a smile on his face when describing the wicket. "The wicket is going to spin more," the veteran left-hander said. "It has a lot of grass on top of it and the ball will grip. It will be interesting to see what happens."
Where to Watch Live
The third day of the third Test is scheduled for a 3am IST start with live coverage on Neo Prime in India. There is no official live streaming option in India, though. Viewers in U.S., however, can catch all the action live online by clicking HERE.
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