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Lara to equal Gavaskar's record

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 11:51 IST

Brian Lara rewrote the record books today with a spectacular innings of 100 runs from 77 balls before the lunch break on the third day of the second cricket Test in Multan.

In an awesome display of batting, blended with some exquisitely-timed shots, Lara became the fifth batsman in Test history to score a hundred before lunch. Lara's 34th century included 12 fours and five sixes and is also the ninth fastest hundred in Test history.

Sir Vivian Richards holds the record of fastest century in Test cricket that came in just 56 balls against England at St Antigua in 1985.

Lara also joined former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar in second spot in the illustrated list of most Test centuries scored and is just one behind Sachin Tendulkar, who heads the list with 35 hundreds.

It is also the second time that a century before lunch has been recorded in Pakistan, the first instance being in 1976-77 when Majid Khan scored 108 against New Zealand at Karachi. 

The innings clearly put Lara a step ahead of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in the race for the title of the world's best batsman in contemporary cricket.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting might have won the ICC Cricketer of the Year award and Sachin Tendulkar will continue to be idolised in India, but today Lara showed why he is Test cricket's leading scorer and holds the record for the highest individual scores in Test and first class cricket.