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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 22:31 GMT 23:31 UK
Brilliant Lara punishes Pakistan
First Test, Barbados, day one: West Indies 345 v Pakistan 22-0

Brian Lara
You get bad balls and you try to put them away
Brian Lara

Brian Lara hit his 29th Test century to light up the opening day of the first Test between the West Indies and Pakistan in Barbados.

He made 130, hitting four sixes and 16 fours, as the West Indies were bowled out for 345.

Pakistan then raced to 22 without loss at the close, with Shahid Afridi on 12 and Salman Butt on five.

Earlier, the hosts had slumped to 45-3 before Lara put on 169 for the fourth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Captain Chanderpaul missed out on his 14th Test hundred by eight runs as he and Lara both fell to leg spinner Danish Kaneria, who finished with figures of three for 114.

Seamers Abdul Razzaq and Shabbir Ahmed also claimed three wickets.

West Indies resumed after tea at 246-4 but Wavell Hinds was run out for 28 by a direct throw from wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal before Courtney Browne, Daren Powell and Reon King all fell cheaply.

Pakistan are hoping to win a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time after a 3-0 clean sweep in the one-day games.

But they suffered a setback just hours before the start when batsman Yousuf Youhana pulled out of the game.

He is returning home because his father is ill and it is not yet known whether he will be back for next week's second Test.

"These things happen in life. Family comes first, then sport," said acting skipper Younis Khan.

The absence of Youhana, regular captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik, who are both serving a one-match ban, meant a first cap for Bazid Khan.

He is the third generation of his family to play Test cricket, following grandfather Jahangir and father Majid.

Younis Khan
Acting captain Younis Khan directs operations in the field

Bazid's first contribution was to drop a straightforward chance offered by Smith on nine at second slip, but he atoned by diving to catch Sarwan for six with the score on 25.

Gayle had already departed, having failed to get on top of an attempted drive and been caught by Razzaq at mid-off for four.

Lara began his innings with a couple of boundaries, but soon lost Smith when a good one from Razzaq resulted in an easy chance for Yasir Hameed at first slip.

He was 44 not out at lunch but immediately raised the tempo after reaching his fifty off 52 balls.

After a streak edge over the slips, he produced a sizzling off-drive for four and followed it with a lofted on-drive for his first six.

Having progressed to 90, he brought up his hundred in the grand style, clearing the ropes off successive deliveries from Kaneria before raising his bat to receive the acclaim of the crowd.


West Indies: S Chanderpaul (capt), C Gayle, D Smith, R Sarwan, B Lara, W Hinds, C Browne (wkt), D Powell, C Collymore, F Edwards, R King.

Pakistan: Younis Khan (capt), Yasir Hameed, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Asim Kamal, Bazid Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shabbir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria.




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