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Pakistan clinch series by 2-0 against WI

Kaneria and Razzaq run through the West Indies lower order batting line-up as Pakistan record 199-run victory in the third and final cricket Test.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 20:38 IST

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and Abdul Razzaq ran through the West Indies lower order batting line-up on Friday as Pakistan recorded 199-run victory in the third and final cricket Test.

Kaneria (3-69) triggered the West Indies collapse in the last session on the fifth and final day when he trapped Shivnarine Chanderpaul (69) lbw and then had Daren Powel caught close to the wicket off successive deliveries.

The West Indies, needing a never-before-achieved target of 444 runs, was bowled out for 244 and went down 2-0 in the series with Razzaq (2-23) claiming the last two wickets. The West Indies lost its last four wickets for only 18 runs inside an hour into the last session.

Pakistan won the first Test by nine wickets at Lahore, while the second Test ended in a draw at Multan last week.

Chanderpaul had held the West Indies hopes when he put on 57 runs with Dwayne Bravo (26) and another 44 with Denesh Ramdin before Kaneria struck in the second over after tea.

Chanderpaul hit nine fours in his 40th Test half century off 111 balls before he fell to Kaneria.

Bravo was the lone wicket to fall in the post lunch session when paceman Shahid Nazir (2-49) broke the half century stand. Bravo unnecessarily chased Nazir's wide delivery and guided a low catch to Younis Khan in the second slip.

Earlier, paceman Umar Gul (2-89) dealt two blows to the West Indies in the extended 2 1/2-hour opening session due to Friday prayers.

Paceman Gul got the key wicket of Brian Lara (49) on the first ball once he switched ends after bowling five overs from the pavillion end in the first session.

Lara pushed hard at the Gul delivery that moved away fractionally from the left-hander and Shoaib Malik held onto a low catch at short extra cover.

Ramnaresh Sarwan (35) had to be carried off the field when Gul bowled a brutal yorker in the next over that hit the West Indies vice-captain on the right foot.

He was later rushed to the hospital and x-rays revealed a hairline fracture that ruled him out from next week's five-match one-day series against Pakistan.

Lara and Sarwan defied Pakistan in a two-hour third wicket partnership of 80 runs after the West Indies resumed at 39-1. Lara unleashed some of his trademark powerful square cuts and drives and hit nine fours in his 92-ball before Gul struck a blow. Runako Morton hit Kaneria for a six and two fours in one over during his run-a-ball 16 before giving the leg-spinner a return catch in the next over as the West Indies slipped to 144-4 at lunch.

Pakistan, which got a 44-run first-innings lead, declared its second innings late on Thursday at 399-6 for an overall lead of 443 runs after master batsman Mohammad Yousuf broke Viv Richards' (1,710) 30-year-old world record of most Test runs in a calendar year with his ninth century in 2006.

The five-match limited-overs series begins from December 5, 2006 at Rawalpindi. Faisalabad (December 7), Lahore (December 10), Multan (December 13) and Karaci (December 16) would host the remaining four matches.

First Published: Dec 01, 2006 17:41 IST