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Brian Lara & Shivnarine Chanderpaul

In the latest edition of Fever-Tree introduces Perfect-Pairings, the focus is on West Indies batting duo, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Regarded as two of the finest batsmen to play for West Indies, the pair contributed a total of 12,581 Test runs in 84 matches in which both players featured in. 

Scoring 2,621 Test runs together as a partnership, their first spell at the crease together saw them hit a combined score of 219 against England in St John’s in 1994.

Lara stole the show that day with a sensational total of 375, but an unbeaten knock of 76 by Chanderpaul also saw a glimpse of what was to come from the duo.

Making his debut in 1990, Lara went on to become one of the best batsmen in the world, accumulating a total of 22,358 international runs for the West Indies including 34 Test hundreds and a Test average of 52.88.

His finest international moment was scoring the Test record for highest individual score, achieved in 2004 against England where he hit 400 not out in St John’s.

Lara also once held the record for being the all-time leading run scorer in Test cricket until it was surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar in October 2008.

Chanderpaul, known for his unusual batting stance, meanwhile, also was a highly-influential batsman who hit 11,867 Test runs at an average of 51.37.

Despite Lara’s superior record, he failed to achieve a Lord’s 100, something that Chanderpaul did manage, scoring an unbeaten 128 in July 2004.

One of Lara's final appearances at the Home of Cricket came in the Lord's Bicentenary match in 2014 where he scored 23 for MCC. 

Chanderpaul has also since represented MCC, featuring in the historic fixture against Afghanistan in July 2017. 

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