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Pakistan shares honours



WICKET THAT MATTERS: Danish Kaneria is congratulated by his teammates after snaring the all-important wicket of Brian Lara for a duck. — Photo: AP

KINGSTON: : Pakistan finished off the West Indies in 13 overs on the final day to win the second cricket Test by 136 runs at Sabina Park and level the two-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.

West Indies was bowled out for 143 after making 404 in the first innings, built on Brian Lara's 30th Test century. Pakistan made 374 and 309, with Inzamam-ul-Haq's 117 not out.

Pakistan, which has never won a Test series in the Caribbean, equalled the 1988 squad's record under Imran Khan which also drew the West Indies 1-1 in a three-match series.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who'd done the main damage on Monday by accounting for four of the West Indies top order batsmen including Lara for a duck, took another wicket on Tuesday to finish with five for 46.

Shabbir Ahmed took four for 56 and eight for the match.

West Indies won the first Test in Barbados by 276 runs, but Pakistan head home with the honours, having rallied to draw the Test series, and whitewashing the one-dayers 3-0, its first success in any series in the Caribbean.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hit an unbeaten 117, his 22nd century in his 101st Test, as Pakistan stretched its second innings from an overnight 223 for four to 309 all out just after lunch.

Tino Best lifted the West Indies with a career-best haul of four for 46.

Corey Collymore polished off the innings to end with four for 56 and match figures of 11 for 134, the best ever on the ground.

But the batting faltered badly after a lengthy rain delay stalled the West Indies' progress at 38 for one.

Ahmed, under suspicion for an illegal action, made the crucial breakthrough when Gayle poked at a lifting delivery and deflected a catch to Yasir Hameed at third slip.

Smith and Sarwan survived some anxious moments before clouds forced an early tea and heavy rain arrived to delay play for nearly two hours.

Crucial strikes

Upon resumption, Kaneria swung the match towards Pakistan as the trio of Sarwan, Lara and Chanderpaul were despatched in successive overs. Sarwan, who battled 32 balls for eight, stepped on his stumps as he went too far back trying to nudge to the leg-side.

In the next over, Lara feathered a leg glance into the gloves of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. The left-hander, who hit 153 in the first innings, left without scoring. Chanderpaul also fell for a duck but was unlucky to be given out by David Shepherd as he missed a pull.

The West Indies skipper appeared to have been hit outside off stump. Smith and Wavell Hinds briefly repaired the damage of 56 for four, but Kaneria's fourth wicket cut Smith short and virtually doomed the home team's chances. The left-handeredged a straighter ball to Akmal. — AP

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