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Last wicket WI stand cuts Pak advantage

Ramdin and Collymore put on 44 valuable runs to help Windies edge near Pakistan's total on the third day of the final Test.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 14:30 IST
Waheed Khan (Reuters)
Waheed Khan (Reuters)

Last wicket pair Denesh Ramdin and Corey Collymore put on 44 valuable runs to help West Indies edge near Pakistan's total on the third day of the third and final Test on Wednesday.

Trailing the series 1-0, the two helped take the tourists to 260 in reply to Pakistan's 304 before Ramdin was run out on the stroke of lunch on a pitch that continues to have variable bounce and is getting slower.

Ramdin (50) scored his fourth Test fifty in his 15th Test, nursing Collymore (eight not out) through the defiant partnership which came after Pakistan struck early blows to reduce the visitors to 216-9.

Ramdin was batting on 16 when he was joined by Collymore and he took charge picking the gaps with intelligence to reel off five boundaries to frustrate the Pakistanis.

He was run out after facing 95 balls, failing to beat a throw from Mohammad Yousuf from the deep.

Ramdin survived a nervous moment on five when keeper Kamran Akmal failed to react to an edge which went between him and first slip.

Akmal had a terrible time, also missing a straight forward catch off Daren Powell and falling to capitalize on a stumping.

Pakistan did well to dismiss overnight batsman Daren Ganga in the fifth over of the session when he was caught behind off Abdul Razzaq for 81 after batting for 326 minutes and facing 221 balls.

Ganga who hit nine fours was the visitors main hope of matching Pakistan's total when they had resumed on 191-6.

Soon after Pakistan took the second new ball, Umar Gul bowled Powell for one and Shahid Nazir also had Jerome Taylor caught behind to leave the visitors in trouble.

Gul finished with figures of 4-79.

First Published: Nov 29, 2006 14:22 IST