Lara leads rearguard action



Captain Brian Lara led from the front on Wednesday as the West Indies fought to save the second Test against India here.

At lunch on the final day the West Indies were 138 for three in their second innings, still needing 235 to make India bat again, with Lara unbeaten on 66. The entire fourth day had been washed out.

Anil Kumble picked up the first wicket in the fifth over of the day when he sent a googly fizzing out of the rough outside the off stump to Daren Ganga. Ganga, who misjudged the delivery and opted to play no shot, was bowled for 26.

India struck again three overs later when pace bowler Munaf Patel, bowling a consistent line, drew Ramnaresh Sarwan forward with a fine delivery that nipped away for wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni to take the catch.

The West Indies began the day on 43 for one. Lara steadily chipped away at both targets, reaching his 48th Test fifty and his seventh against India. He had added 86 for the fourth wicket with fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was 35 not out at the interval.


India won toss

India 1st inns 588-8 dec (W Jaffer 43, V Sehwag 180, R Dravid 146, M Kaif 148*; P T Collins 4-116)

West Indies 1st inns 215 (C H Gayle 46)

West Indies 2nd inns (overnight 43-1)

C H Gayle c Dhoni b Pathan 2

D Ganga b Kumble 26

*B C Lara not out 66

R R Sarwan c Dhoni b Patel 1

S Chanderpaul not out 35

Extras (lb1, nb2, pen5) 8

Total (3 wkts, 55 overs) 138

To bat: D J Bravo, †D Ramdin, I D R Bradshaw, P T Collins, J E Taylor, C D Collymore

Fall: 1-2, 2-51, 3-52

Bowling: Pathan 13-2-41-1; Patel 10-5-14-1; Singh 7-0-20-0 (2nb); Kumble 17-2-42-1; Sehwag 8-0-15-0

Series: 4-Test series level at 0-0

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and S J A Taufel (Australia). TV umpire: S A Bucknor. Match referee: J J Crowe (New Zealand)

First Test: June 2-6 St John’s, match drawn

Remaining matches: June 22-26 3rd Test Basseterre. June 30-July 4 4th Test Kingston

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