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I wanted to bat for two days to save Test: Lara

"I did not remove my helmet on reaching my century because I wanted to bat," he says.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 01:07 IST

West Indian captain Brian Lara said on Wednesday he was disappointed that he could not stay at the crease long enough to wrest a draw in the first Test against Pakistanthat his team lost.

The 37-year-old left-handed batsman defied the Pakistan bowling attack for three hours in the morning session on the fourth day but was trapped leg-before by off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez an hour before tea.

"I did not remove my helmet on reaching my century simply because I wanted to bat for two days to save the Test," said Lara, whose stubborn 122-run knock failed to avoid a nine- wicket defeat on the fourth day.

Lara added 137 runs for the fifth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who scored 81. Pakistan hit back by taking the last six West Indian wickets for 53 runs and achieved the 13-run target for one wicket.

"It wasn't about winning. I wanted to try... And get a draw. I fell short today and that is disappointing and I am sure Shiv feels the same way," he said.

Lara, who holds the record of highest score of 400 in a Test innings, blamed the low score in the first innings to his team's defeat.

"Getting out for 206 on the first day changed the match. The bowlers did well but batsmen put teams into positions from which they win and the bowlers complete it," said Lara, whose team has won just once in their last 15 Tests.

Lara shied away from criticizing Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva who gave several controversial decisions in the match.

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 15:01 IST