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Last Updated:  Saturday, 12 April, 2003, 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK
Lara offers Windies hope
West Indies captain Brian Lara
Lara looked back to his best with a beautiful century
First Test, Georgetown, day three: West Indies 237 and 381-5 v Australia 489

Superb centuries from Brian Lara and Daren Ganga have revived West Indies' hopes at the end of day three of the first Test in Guyana.

Newly reinstated as captain, Lara was in vintage form scoring 110 from 157 balls before a misjudged sweep shot off Brad Hogg's bowling saw him hit his own wicket.

Ganga - making 113 for his maiden Test century - supported Lara patiently as the pair put on 185 for the third wicket.

The fightback has put the West Indies 129 runs clear of Australia with two days remaining. Shivnarine Chanderpaul - scorer of a first innings ton - and Vasbert Drakes were at the crease at the close.

Debutant Devon Smith began the resistance with a battling 62.

The opener dispatched the Aussie attack for 13 boundaries before falling caught behind off Jason Gillespie just before lunch.

The strike, which followed the mid-session departure of fellow opener Wavell Hinds, reduced the hosts to 122-2 at lunch.

Resuming play on 16-0, the Windies were in a spot of bother after just two balls when Brett Lee trapped Hinds on his crease and launched a massive lbw appeal.

Umpire Asoka de Silva thought long and hard before adjudicating in favour of the batsman.

But the ledger was soon settled upon the introduction of Stuart MacGill.

Hinds, who departed for a painfully compiled seven, fell prey to the latest perplexing umpiring decision this match has witnessed.

The left-hander was adjudged out leg before by De Silva despite getting a huge stride in to a turning MacGill leg-spinner.

The Aussie attack, meanwhile, was coming under heavy fire from Smith.

The first scoring shot of the third morning came off his blade, a full-blooded drive to an over-pitched Gillespie ball for four.

The left-hander repeated the dose two overs later before dishing out similar treatment to Lee.

Smith reached his 50 with a boundary off the bowling of MacGill.

But he met his match in Gillespie, who worked his man over with pace and variety before deservedly claiming his scalp.


West Indies: B C Lara (capt), R D Jacobs (wkt), W W Hinds, D S Smith, D Ganga, S Chanderpaul, M N Samuels, V C Drakes, M Dillon, P T Collins, J J C Lawson.

Australia: S R Waugh (capt), A C Gilchrist (wkt), J L Langer, M L Hayden, R T Ponting, D S Lehmann, G B Hogg, A J Bichel, B Lee, J N Gillespie, S C G MacGill.

Umpires: EAR de Silva, RE Koertzen.





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