Majestic Lara mauls Pakistan

MULTAN - A majestic unbeaten 196 from captain Brian Lara put West Indies in complete control of the second cricket test against Pakistan yesterday.

MULTAN - A majestic unbeaten 196 from captain Brian Lara put West Indies in complete control of the second cricket test against Pakistan yesterday.

The 37-year-old left-hander stood on the brink of his ninth double century in tests as the visitors piled up 509 for five by the close of play on the third day.

Lara and Dwayne Bravo (89) shared a record fifth-wicket partnership of 200 as West Indies chalked up their highest total in Pakistan after the home side had been bowled out for 357 in the first innings.

Skipper Lara is enjoying a rich vein of form, having hit 61 and 122 in the first-test defeat in Lahore.

Bravo was caught at slip by Younis Khan off leg spinner Danish Kaneria shortly before the close.

It was a rare moment of glory for Kaneria, who had been mauled by Lara.

Lara, the highest scorer in tests, became the fifth batsman to score a century before lunch as he compiled his fourth century in four tests against Pakistan.

He smashed 100 from 77 balls with five sixes and 12 fours to bring up his 34th test century. Only India's Sachin Tendulkar (35) has more.

Lara, who was dropped twice in his 366-minute innings, and Bravo eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket stand of 185 between Collie Smith and Everton Weekes at Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1957. - Reuters

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