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Determined Gayle, Ganga steered West Indies to safety

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gayleAn unbroken partnership of 151 by openers Chris Gayle and Daren Ganga steered the West Indies to a position of safety at the close of the second day’s play in the second cricket Test, here at the Multan Stadium on Monday. The West Indies still need 206 runs though to surpass Pakistan’s first innings total of 357.

The day belonged to the visitors who batted and bowled extremely well. Gayle and Ganga tackled the home attack, particularly their trump card Danish Kaneria, with absolute ease and gave them a fair hammering.

Gayle hit a six off Mohammad Hafeez over midwicket. Inzamam had no idea where to place his fielders to stop their onslaught. Their beautifully executed cover drives were a treat to watch.

Inzamam changed bowlers and even their ends to dislodge Gayle and Ganga who demonstrated immense patience and determination to stay at the crease. At the close Gayle was batting on 87 while Ganga was not out on 59.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 263 for four, the home batsmen added 94 runs in a 150-minute session and lost six wickets. The West Indies bowlers didn’t allow the game to slip away from their hands and undoubtedly the second day belonged to the visitors.

Unlike the opening day they bowled with controlled line and length. Even two dropped catches didn’t distract them from their target as they forced the home batsmen to repeat their branded mistakes giving catches behind the stumps.

Corey Collymore bowled 15 overs at a stretch from the Pavilion End and demonstrated a great amount of fitness which is uncommon with the home bowlers. He finished the day with figures of 15-4-44-2.

Taylor shattered Inzamam-ul-Haq’s dreams to amass a score of 500 plus to put pressure on the home side. Pakistan were all out for 357 in the last over before lunch. The West Indies captain Brian Lara used Jerome Taylor with the second new ball when play resumed under ideal cricketing conditions on the second morning. This gave immediate dividends and Taylor, in his second over, got the big wicket of Inzamam who failed to read the out-swinger on a perfect batting track and edged it behind the stumps where Denesh Ramdin accepted it with great jubilation. Inzamam faced nine deliveries amidst a confident lbw appeal but couldn’t add to his overnight score of 31.

Shoaib Malik survived two chances. On 18, Lara failed to collect a difficult catch and at 20 Dwayne Bravo dropped a straight one in third slip. The unfortunate bowler was Collymore. Two dropped catches couldn’t stop Shoaib to stay at the wicket and went for unnecessary aggression — smashing two fours in Taylor’s one over.

In the next over from Collymore, Shoaib again swatted two fours but the bowler soon had his revenge. He lured Shoaib with an away going ball and Bravo took a spectacular one-handed catch in front of Lara fielding at second slip.

Shoaib made 42 and hit seven fours during his 71 minutes stay at the wicket. Kamran Akmal joined Abdul Razzaq and he too fell to Collymore and Bravo collected the catch in the second slip.

Taylor, who finished with five for 91, finally wrapped up the Pakistan innings taking two quick wickets of Shahid Nazir and Umar Gul. Razzaq tried to take control both ends but Danish Kaneria ran himself out.

Pakistan won toss

Pakistan 1st inns (overnight 263-4)

Mohammad Hafeez c Ramdin b Taylor 36

Imran Farhat c Lara b Bravo 74

Younis Khan c Morton b Taylor 56

Mohammad Yousuf c Lara b Gayle 56

*Inzamam-ul-Haq c Ramdin b Taylor 31

Shoaib Malik c Bravo b Collymore 42

Abdul Razzaq not out 16

†Kamran Akmal c Bravo b Collymore 17

Shahid Nazir lbw b Taylor 7

Umar Gul c Bravo b Taylor 7

Danish Kaneria run out (Powell) 0

Extras (b9, lb4, nb2) 15

Total (all out, 124 overs) 357

Fall: 1-83, 2-125, 3-212, 4-250, 5-269, 6-315, 7-333, 8-346, 9-357

Bowling: Taylor 26-6-91-5; Collymore 31-9-67-2; Powell 14-4-50-0 (1nb); Gayle 22-6-52-1; Bravo 19-6-41-1 (1nb); Mohammed 11-1-39-0; Morton 1-0-4-0

West Indies 1st inns

C H Gayle not out 87

D Ganga not out 59

Extras (lb4, nb1) 5

Total (no wkt, 57 overs) 151

To bat: R S Morton, *B C Lara, S Chanderpaul, D J Bravo, †D Ramdin, D Mohammed, J E Taylor, D B Powell, C D Collymore

Bowling: Umar Gul 16-7-29-0; Shahid Nazir 12-1-40-0 (1nb); Danish Kaneria 17-1-47-0; Abdul Razzaq 7-3-10-0; Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-20-0; Shoaib Malik 1-0-1-0

Series: Pakistan leads 3-Test series 1-0

Umpires: M R Benson (England) and D J Harper (Australia). TV umpire: Zameer Haider. Match referee: R S Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

First Test: November 11-14 Lahore, Pakistan won by 9 wickets

Third and final Test: November 27-December 1, Karachi
Source:The News

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