Lara keen to celebrate C'paul milestone with win

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Multan:West Indies skipper Brian Lara is hoping his side can help teammate Shivnarine Chanderpaul celebrate his 100th match with a win over Pakistan in the second Test starting tomorrow.

''It is a big achievement to play 100 tests for your country. Hopefully we can make it a special one for Shiv by beating Pakistan and leveling the (three-match) series,'' Lara told reporters today.

Chanderpaul, who has scored 6,617 runs with 14 centuries, will register his landmark test appearance against a buoyant Pakistan side after the hosts recorded a nine-wicket win in the first Test in Lahore.

''It is a significant achievement for Shiv and a great milestone for him. We are looking to celebrate it with a win,'' Lara said.

Lara said his players fully understood they had not been competitive in Lahore and wanted to put that behind them and make amends in the second match.

''Pakistan have always been a very good side at home and we are under no illusions what we have to do to come back in the series,'' he added.

West Indies has not won a Test series in Pakistan since 1981.

They are not expected to make any changes in their line-up but Pakistan are looking at playing uncapped left arm paceman Samiullah Niazi in place of Abdul Razzaq on a pitch which the home side's bowling coach Waqar Younis said had juice in it.

''There is a bit of rain around and there is moisture in the pitch... it will help the seamers but is a bit on the slow side,'' Younis said.

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said he was looking for more consistency from his players.

''The bowlers need to follow up on their good work in the Lahore test. To become a good team we need to bring more consistency in our performances,'' he said.

Pakistan's reserve bowlers Umar Gul and Shahid Nazir shared 15 wickets in the first test win.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer also warned his team of a possible West Indies backlash.

"We caught the West Indies after they played a lot of one-day matches, but we have to be aware that they will come back hard on us," said Woolmer, who played 19 Tests for England and is a former coach of South Africa.

Pakistan have won eight of their 23 Tests, with nine defeats and six draws, since Woolmer took over as coach in 2004.

Woolmer said Brian Lara was a still a worry.

"I always worry about Lara. We have to take chances against him and I don't like (it when) any chances offered by him are dropped," said Woolmer.

Woolmer hoped his team would give its best to wrap up the series.

"It is always important to have a winning lead and for that we have to do our best, win this second Test and wrap up the series here. It will be very tough and we need to improve our fielding."

The Teams:

West Indies: Brian Lara (capt), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor, Omari Banks and Dave Mohammed

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Samiullah Niazi, Shahid Nazir, Abdul Rehman and Danish Kaneria

Umpires: Daryl Harper (Aus) and Mark Benson (Eng)

Tv umpire: Zameer Haider (Pak)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SL)


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