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Lara inches closer towards Tendulkar

With a defiant century, WI captain unwittingly scripted a score of other records against his name.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 19:32 IST

In the course of his defiant century to deny the Indians victory in the second cricket Test, West Indies captain Brian Lara unwittingly scripted a score of other records against his name.

His uncharacteristically patient knock of 120 off 307 balls helped Lara equal the record of former Australian captain Steve Waugh of scoring 32 Test hundreds.

He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar (35) and Sunil Gavaskar (34) in the all-time centurions list.

The West Indian batting legend also emulated Australian Matthew Hayden by scoring 17 tons at home. Only the great Donald Bradman has scored more centuries (18) at home.

In the process, Lara made some amends to his unimpressive run against India. Earlier, he had scored only one century against the Indians, a 103 at St John's way back in 1997.

The century, his second against India in 15 Tests, Made Lara the first batsman to hit two hundreds at the venue. His first ton here came against Sri Lanka (209) in 2003.

The last three Tests between the two team have now ended in a draw. Apart from the two of the current series, the one played at Kolkata in 2003-03 had also failed to produce result.

With this drawn match all the three Tests played at the venue have ended in stalemate. On earlier occasions, Sri Lanka (2003) and Bangladesh (2004) had played Tests at the on the ground against the home team.