Lara falls as Kiwis break back on second day

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Napier:Brian Lara put heart back into the West Indies batting, making 83 before New Zealand broke back on the second morning to have the tourists 224 for four at lunch in the third and final Test.

The West Indies put on 129 runs and lost three wickets in the extended morning session after resuming at 95 for one after the rain-shortened first day.

Lara added a further 60 runs to his overnight score before he was undone by Nathan Astle, and his dismissal was followed by the run-out of Shivnarine Chanderpaul in bizarre circumstances with the West Indies captain and Runako Morton at the same end.

Morton at lunch was unbeaten on 49, a run short of his second half-century in consecutive Tests, with Dwayne Bravo on 12.

Daren Ganga was the first wicket to fall in the morning, bowled by a full length Shane Bond delivery for 30.

Lara, who struggled in his previous four innings on tour, rediscovered his classic, flowing stroke-play and was marching towards his century when the gremlins struck again.

He went to pull Astle, but a bottom-edge cannoned into his legs then onto the stumps.

He departed McLean Park with a standing ovation after his 107 ball stand which included 12 boundaries.

Chanderpaul was on two when Morton guided a shot to mid-off and set off for what should have been a comfortable single, until Chanderpaul backpedalled and both ground their bats at the bowler's end when Daniel Vettori broke the stumps at the other end.

A visibly angry Morton slammed his bat into the ground and started to walk when he was initially given out.

But, after a lengthy deliberation and numerous television replays, Chanderpaul was ruled to have grounded his bat too late.

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