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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 April, 2005, 22:26 GMT 23:26 UK
Lara disappointed by dismissal
Brian Lara
292-7 is not a position any team batting first on this pitch would like to be in
Brian Lara

Brian Lara was upset to be dismissed late on day one against South Africa despite his ton helping West Indies recover to 292-7 from an early 12-3.

"I am disappointed because the plan after tea was to be there at the end of play," Lara said.

"I am happy with 176 but when you get a pitch like this and a lot of time still to bat, well any side that bats first wants to bat for five sessions.

"We were doing well and then South Africa came into the game."

Lara was bowled by Andre Nel in the dying overs in Barbados, and Dwayne Bravo, with whom he had shared a stand of 115, soon followed to cap a strong finish from the South Africans.

"Unfortunately we find ourselves with Courtney Browne and Darren Powell and only the tail to come," Lara, whose 28th Test ton included 20 fours, added.

Lara said West Indies should not be satisfied with their score despite losing their top three batsmen inside the opening seven overs of the day.

"At the end of the day, 292-7 is not a position any team batting first on this pitch would like to be in," he reasoned.

"But we have to come back tonmorrow and try to bat at least until lunch with Browne and Powell."

The recovery grew legs with the 138-run stand that Lara shared with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the player who took the captaincy from Lara during the recent sponsorship row.

"It's always great batting with Shiv," Lara said of Chanderpaul, who made 53.

"He's not someone who fights you for the strike or competes with you. He's batting really well as captain and is handling the responsibility really well."


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