Cricket- Lara Fails To Match First Innings Glory

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: Former Windies skipper Brian Lara, still basking in his world record-breaking feat achieved in the first innings of the third test match against Australia, fell cheaply the second time around today in Adelaide.

Lara, batting for the West Indies in the second innings earlier today, managed to add only 17 runs before he was bowled by the Aussies’ Shane Warne.

The Trinidadian batting star, who reached 226 in the first innings and became the world’s top test scorer with 1,175 runs, faced 27 balls and hit one boundary before he was sent on his way.

But it was all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who emerged as the second innings star. Bravo bagged 6 wickets for 84 runs to curb the Aussies to 428 all-out in their first innings response. And he led the batting charge today, adding 64, the highest score for the side that included 10 four’s. But after tea, he apparently lost concentration and attempted an ambitious thrash over wide mid-on only to end up losing his leg-stump to Brett Lee.

Fidel Edwards tried to back him up, holding on at 9, but Corey Collymore, with only one run to his name, fell to a Lee ball as well leaving the Windies all out at 204 runs, 182 runs ahead of the Aussies, who will now make their second innings response. They have already won the series, 2-0.

Apart from Ramnaresh Sarwan’s knock of 62, the Windies again collapsed against the Aussie bowling, with only Bravo, Dinesh Ramdin and Sarwan making it past the quarter century mark. Skipper Shiv Chanderpaul fell cheaply for 4 while opener Daren Powell and Dwayne Smith went for ducks.

Warne, like Bravo, was the wrecker for his side, bagging 6 for 80 while Lee picked up 4 for 46. –