Wed, Nov 29, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Ganga leads Windies reply

AP , KARACHI, PAKISTAN

Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, left, watches as West Indies captain Brian Lara, center, is bowled by unseen Pakistani bowler Umar Gul during the second day of the third and final Test between Pakistan and West Indies at the National Stadium in Karachi yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

Opening batsman Daren Ganga made an unbeaten half century yesterday after Pakistan paceman Umar Gul rattled the West Indies with three top-order wickets in 10 balls on the second day of the third and final cricket Test.

Ganga's resolute 77 over five hours with nine fours took the West Indies to 191-6 at stumps on a slow and low bouncing National Stadium wicket in reply to Pakistan's first innings score of 304. The tourists still trail Pakistan by 113 runs.

Gul (3-49) gave the West Indies a double jolt in his first over after lunch when he claimed the wickets of Chris Gayle and captain Brian Lara in the space of three balls.

Gayle dominated the opening stand of 51 runs with his aggressive 40 off 54 balls that included six fours before Abdul Razzaq attempted twice and brought up a juggling catch at mid-on.

Two balls later, Gul squared up Lara with a superb delivery that moved away slightly and knocked back his off-stump. Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was dropped from the second test due to poor form, continued to struggle for seven deliveries before Gul shattered his stumps in the next over with a perfect yorker.

Despite losing three wickets at the same total of 51, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (36 off 49 balls) opted for an attacking approach and added a run-a-minute 63 with Ganga. Imran Farhat, who dropped Gayle on 12 before lunch, took a sharp reflex catch off a hard push from Chanderpaul that gave Danish Kaneria (3-48) one of his three wickets.

Kaneria got rid of Runako Morton (21) in an unusual circumstances in the last session and later chipped in with the wicket of Dwayne Bravo (8).

Farhat took another athletic catch at forward short leg on the second attempt after Morton's hard flick hit the fielder on the chest and rebounded.

The on-field umpires consulted the television umpire to check whether the ball had touched Farhat's helmet before he caught it. The rules state that a batsman is not out if the ball touches a fielder's helmet.

After a number of TV replays, the decision finally went in favor of Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistan added 47 more runs to its overnight 257-7 before it's first innings folded in just over an hour.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal (31) hit two boundaries off paceman Jerome Taylor's first over of the day, before Daren Powell struck off his first delivery from the other end when he bowled Shahid Nazir for a duck.

Paceman Corey Collymore sent Akmal's middle stump cart-wheeling with a vicious inswinger with the new ball before No. 10 batsman Gul hit five well timed boundaries in his career-best knock of 26.

Gul and No. 11 Danish Kaneria (7 not out) frustrated the West Indies with a brisk 32-run partnership and got Pakistan past the 300-run mark before Powell finally ended Pakistan's resistance by clean bowling Gul.

Pakistan leads the three-match series 1-0 with a nine-wicket victory in the first test, while the second test ended in a draw last week.

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