HAMILTON - Shivnarine Chanderpaul's record 17th unbeaten Test century and a master-class from a patched-up spin attack gave the West Indies the edge over New Zealand as they chased a series-levelling win Friday.

Chanderpaul's 122 not out, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar's record and putting him sixth on the all-time scorers' list, left the tourists at 367 all out before New Zealand finished day two of the third Test on 156-3. Ross Taylor, seeking his third century in as many Tests, was on 56 and Brendon McCullum was on 11 after New Zealand lost openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton cheaply. Taylor stood in a 95-run partnership with Kane Williamson (58), the second victim for Sunil Narine who was called into the side after Shane Shillingford's ban for an illegal action.

The many variations in the twin spin assault of Narine and Veerasammy Permaul caused multiple problems for the New Zealand batsmen, who struggled to read the turning ball.  Williamson, playing on his home wicket, said the spin was not expected when New Zealand won the toss. "Hence why we bowled first. I've never seen it spin like that but that's the card we've been dealt and we've needed to turn up with a change of game plan as a batting unit to face a lot spin on a wicket that's very much conducive to spin bowling."

The quirky style of Narine was particularly troublesome, he added. "He's very tough to pick. You can see it at times but he bowls at such a pace it's very hard to adjust your shot." But the real honours for the West Indies lay with Chanderpaul, who came to the rescue and rewrote the record books into the bargain when the tourists were in trouble at 86-5 on the first day.

His 200-run partnership with Denesh Ramdin (107) and late cameo stands with Permaul (20) and Tino Best (25) gave the West Indies a respectable total to defend. When Chanderpaul reached his 29th Test hundred by smacking Tim Southee past gully to the boundary, he immediately went down on his knees to kiss the pitch. It was a gesture to celebrate the hundred as well as the achievement of batting his team out of trouble as the West Indies, 1-0 down in the series, fight to win the third and final Test.

"We talk about what we're going to do and how we're going to execute our plans and I was really happy that we were able to do it," he said. "I wish we had a wicket as good as this in the Caribbean but we don't." Chanderpaul's 122 not out lifted him to 11,199 runs from his 153 Tests, overtaking Allan Border (11,174) as the sixth most prolific run-scoring Test batsmen, and 754 behind fifth-placed Brian Lara.

His 17th unbeaten century also put the 39-year-old one ahead of recently retired Indian great Tendulkar as the batsman holding the most unbeaten Test hundreds.  New Zealand made an uncertain start to their response with openers Fulton and Rutherford struggling to find runs and both removed by snappy catches by Darren Sammy. The West Indies captain, celebrating his 30th birthday, just snuck his fingers under the ball at ground level to have Rutherford caught and bowled for 10.

The introduction of spin saw Fulton out for 11 when he flicked the third delivery from Narine down the leg side where Sammy grasped a sharp, reflex catch.

But while the spinners kept Williamson and Taylor guessing, and beat the bat several times, the partnership survived 34 overs before Narine trapped Williamson lbw. 

McCullum appeared mesmerised by Narine at first and could not get bat to ball with the first two deliveries he faced before he belted two boundaries to try to put the spinners off-line.

For the West Indies, Narine has two for 43 off 22 overs. Southee produced the best bowling figures for New Zealand in the West Indies innings, taking four for 79, while Corey Anderson took three for 47. New Zealand won the second Test by an innings and 73 runs, snapping a year-long win drought, while the first Test of the series was drawn.



(OVERNIGHT: 289-6)

K Brathwaite c Williamson b Southee    45

K Powell c Watling b Wagner    26

K Edwards c Watling b Southee    6

M Samuels c Williamson b Anderson    0

S Chanderpaul not out    122

N Deonarine lbw Anderson    2

D Ramdin c Watling b Anderson    107

D Sammy c Watling b Southee    3

S Narine b Boult    2

V Permaul c Fulton b Southee    20

T Best c Watling b Sodhi    25

EXTRAS: (lb6, b2, w1)    9

TOTAL: (all out wickets; 116.2 overs)    367

FOW: 1-41, 2-77, 3-78, 4-82, 5-86, 6-286, 7-296, 8-307, 9-332, 10-367

BOWLING: Boult 26-2-84-1, Southee 28-3-79-4, Wagner 21-4-67-1, Anderson 19-3-47-3, Williamson 5-0-17-0, Sodhi 17.2-0-65-1


P Fulton c Sammy b Narine    11

H Rutherford c & b Sammy    10

K Williamson lbw Narine    58

R Taylor not out    56

B McCullum not out    11

EXTRAS: (b6, lb2 nb 2)    10

TOTAL: (3 wickets; 64 overs)    156

FOW: 1-18, 2-43, 3-138

TO BAT: B. Watling, C. Anderson, I. Sodhi, T. Southee, N. Wagner, T. Boult

BOWLING: Best 9-1-29-0, Sammy 10-5-17-1, Permaul 23-4-59-0, Narine 22-9-43-2

TOSS: New Zealand

UMPIRES: Ian Gould (ENG), Nigel Llong (ENG)

TV UMPIRE: Paul Reiffel (AUS)

MATCH REFEREE: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)