Brathwaite-Chanderpaul rewrite history, break West Indies’ 33-year old Test opening record | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Captain Kraigg Brathwaite And Tagenarine Chanderpaul rewrote the history books on Monday as the duo broke a 33-year-old West Indies record for opener partnership in Test cricket when they put up a mammoth stand of 336 runs in the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Ground.
The opening batters surpassed the previous record of 298 set by Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes against England at St John’s in 1990.

It is the ninth-highest opening partnership in Test history, a far cry from the overall record of 415 added by South Africans Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh at Chattogram in 2008.
Brathwaite, who reached his 12th Test century, scored 182 in the record-opening stand with Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 207 on Day 3. West Indies declared their opening innings at 447-6 after 143 overs.
It was a welcome return to form for Brathwaite, who went just 19 and three against Australia in his last test two months ago in Adelaide.
Rain meant just 89 overs were possible on the first two days of the match after West Indies opted to strike, but the visitors accelerated the scoring on day three.
Wellington Masakadza finally broke the record partnership when Brathwaite was off leg before the wicket as he attempted a sweep against the left arm spinner.
It was a small reward for the Zimbabwean bowlers who had labored 114 overs before making the breakthrough.
Tagenarine, 26, is the son of former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and now has a first Test century in his third game.
(With agency contributions)


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