Pakistan wrap up win

As the West Indies resumed on 44-2, we looked to have an interesting day’s play ahead of us. An in-form Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan were at the crease, faced with the prospect of keeping Pakistan’s bowlers at bay for the day to salvage some pride from the series.

They battled hard but the last wicket fell around an hour before the close of play, the margin of victory for Pakistan 199 runs.

Sarwan and Lara made a solid start, compiling 80 with both playing some pleasing strokes. Both were gone in quick succession though, Lara spooned a drive to cover, and Sarwan was forced to retire hurt. The Guyanan was struck on the foot by an Umar Gul yorker, which caused a hairline fracture. As he would not be able to complete is innings, West Indies were effectively four down.

After the loss of two of their best batsmen, West Indies battled through the afternoon session. The light was receding, and the floodlights were turned on shortly before the tea break. They did themselves few favours in this session, Runako Morton and Dwayne Bravo both threw away their wickets after making starts.

At the other end though, Shivnarine Chanderpaul was rock solid. He played the ball late to counter the movement of the seamers, and padded up to Kaneria. He eventually fell for 69 shortly after tea, just as West Indies started to look as if they could save the match.

Once Chanderpaul had gone, the bowlers did little to prevent Pakistan’s victory. Just 17 runs were added after his dismissal, and Dinesh Ramdin was left stranded on 25.

Pakistan 304
Mohammad Yousuf 102, Imran Farhat 47
Corey Collymore 3-57, Dwayne Bravo 2-33

West Indies 260
Daren Ganga 81, Denesh Ramdin 50
Umar Gul 4-79, Danish Kaneria 3-62

Pakistan 399-6 dec
Mohammad Yousuf 124, Mohammad Hafeez 104
Ramnaresh Sarwan 2-70, Chris Gayle 1-38

West Indies 244
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 69, Brian Lara 49
Danish Kaneria 3-69

Pakistan won by 199 runs

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