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Windies derail England’s attempt to even up series


McKenzie was caught behind off Mitchell Johnson for 35, but Smith and Hashim Amla batted confidently in a second wicket stand of 54 to raise hopes of a come from behind win for South Africa, even better than their 414-run chase in the first Test of the Australian series in Perth last December.

But Ben Hilfenhaus struck a crucial blow when Smith top-edged an attempted pull to mid-on after hitting 69 off 110 balls.

Phil Hughes top-scored for Australia with 75.



Thilan Samaraweera became just the sixth batsmen in Test cricket to notch a double-century in consecutive matches as Sri Lanka made Pakistan toil in the second and final Test yesterday.

The 31-year-old followed his 231 in the drawn first Test with 214 to lift Sri Lanka to 606 in their first innings and shared a record 207-run stand for the fifth wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan (145).

Despite being under pressure to score 407 to avoid the follow-on, Pakistan got off to a confident start, finishing the second day on 110-1, with opener Khurram Manzoor unbeaten on 59. Salman Butt was run out in the last over for 48.

Khurram, playing only his second Test, hit eleven boundaries in his maiden half-century on a day when Sri Lanka once again dominated with the bat.

Samaraweera was eventually run out after failing to beat a throw from the covers after being sent back by Dilshan.

He batted for 414 minutes, faced 338 balls and hit 32 boundaries and in the company of Dilshan erased the previous best stand of 143 for the fifth wicket against Pakistan set by Russel Arnold and Romesh Kaluwitharana on the same ground in 1999.

Dilshan also joined in, plundering a hapless Pakistan attack before he too was run out as Sri Lanka lost their last four wickets for 40 runs.

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