West Indies star openers Kraigg Braithwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul shattered several records on Monday morning after the duo stitched a 336-run stand against Zimbabwe in the first of two Test matches at the Queen Sports club.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of legendary batter Shivnarine Chanderpaul, is batting on 160(404) after 122 overs, which includes fourteen fours and a solitary six. Meanwhile, Kraigg Braithwaite walked back to the pavilion after scoring 182(312) laced with eighteen fours.
On day 3, the opening pair scripted history after they became the first opening pair of the 21st century to bat for over 100+ overs. Further, Braithwaite and Chanderpaul became the second opening pair to face over 600 deliveries in Test innings. They fell short of 19 balls to surpass Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of most balls faced by an opening pair in a Test match.
The Windies duo became the first West Indian pair to face 600+ deliveries in a Test match. They faced 668 balls and are second on the list of most balls faced by an opening pair in a Test match.
Here is the list of most balls faced by an opening pair in a Test match.
- Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) – 686
- Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (WI) – 668
- Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq (PAK) – 666
Further, Braithwaite and Chanderpaul registered the highest opening stand by a West Indies player in Test cricket. They surpassed CG Greenidge and DL Haynes’s record of 298 runs they made against England in 1990.