Chanderpaul displays his class against NZ XI
If there's one West Indian batsmen you don't want to play into form, it's Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
That's exactly what the New Zealand XI did today, but to be fair, Chanderpaul didn't need a lot of help, he looked his normal classy self from ball one.
The diminutive 39-year-old scored an impressive 89 for the West Indies XI in their tour match against a New Zealand XI at Lincoln before Anurag Verma earned his wicket and a story to tell.
Chanderpaul faced just 106 balls for his 89 which included eight fours and a six.
He looked elegant, had a heap of time and moved well.
Sachin Tendulkar's recent retirement makes Chanderpaul the longest serving international cricketer and it's easy to see why.
When Verma skittled the little lefty, the tourists declared as both sides are keen to have two bats in the three-day match.
After the Brendon McCullum-led New Zealand XI declared their first innings over on a rain affected day one at 227-8, the West Indies XI reached 230-6 before pulling the plug.
The other members of the West Indies test squad to get a bat, Kirk Edwards and Chadwick Walton didn't enjoy the same success as Chanderpaul and were dismissed for just three and six respectively while Aaron Redmond scored 67 for the West Indies XI.
In front of selection boss Bruce Edgar, Otago spinner Mark Craig impressed, taking 4-78.
It won't be enough to have him picked in the test squad tomorrow, but the selection door is always slightly ajar for spinners.
Once Chanderpaul practise session was over, the expected New Zealand opening pair of Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford had their second bat of the match and both looked sound.
They put on an unbeaten 103 for the first wicket.,
Rutherford, who scored a breezy 61 in the first innings, picked up his second half century of the match.
He reached stumps 61 and brought up his half century off just 39 balls including nine fours and a six.
He'll resume tomorrow with Fulton unbeaten on 32.
New Zealand XI 227-8dec and 103-0 (H Rutherford 61, P Fulton 32) met West Indies XI 230-6 dec (S Chanderpaul 89, A Redmond 67, J Raval 39; M Craig 4-78, A Verma 2-26).
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