Ganga fights on after Gul rattles Windies

Karachi, November 28:

Opener Daren Ganga made an unbeaten half century 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 Test.

Ganga’s resolute 77 with nine fours took the West Indies to 191-6 at stumps in reply to Pakistan’s first innings score of 304. Gul (3-49) gave the West Indies a double jolt in his first over after lunch when he claimed 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 delivery that moved away slightly and knocked back his off-stump. Ramnaresh Sarwan struggled for seven deliveries before Gul shattered his stumps with a perfect yorker.

Despite losing three wickets at 51, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (36) added a run-a-minute 63 with Ganga. Imran Farhat took a sharp reflex catch off a hard push from Chanderpaul that gave Danish Kaneria (3-48) one of his three wickets.

Earlier, Pakistan added 47 more runs to its overnight 257-7. Kamran Akmal (31) hit two boundaries off 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.

Corey Collymore sent Akmal’s middle stump cart-wheeling off a vicious inswinger before No 10 batsman Gul hit five well timed boundaries in his career-best knock of 26.

Gul and 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. Collymore was the most successful West Indian bowler with 3-57 while Dwayne Bravo (2-33) and Powell (2-83) were the other main wicket-takers.


PAKISTAN — 1st Innings: (overnight 257-7)

K Akmal b Collymore 31

S Nazir b Powell 0

U Gul b Powell 26

D Kaneria not out 7

Extras: 10 (b1,lb7, nb2)

Total: 304

FoW: 1-26, 2-72, 3-112, 4-178, 5-222, 6-239, 7-248, 8-265, 9-272

West Indies bowling: Taylor 22-3-76-1, Collymore 21-6-57-3, Gayle 16-3-27-0, Powell 23.5-5-83-2, Bravo 14-6-33-2, Ganga 4-0-20-1

WEST INDIES — 1st Innings

C Gayle c Razzaq b Gul 40

D Ganga not out 77

B Lara b Gul 0

R Sarwan b Gul 0

S Chanderpaul c Farhat b Kaneria 36

R Morton c Farhat b Kaneria 21

D Bravo c Akmal b Kaneria 8

D Ramdin not out 0

Extras: 9 (b5, nb4)

Total: 191/6

FoW: 1-51, 2-51, 3-51, 4-114, 5-153, 6-190

Pakistan bowling: Gul 16-4-49-3, Nazir 12-2-38-0, Kaneria 28.4-11-48-3, Razzaq 12-3-41-0, Hafeez 4-1-10-0