Gritty Ramdin frustrates Pak in Karachi Test

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin hit a gritty half-century to help the West Indies reduce Pakistan's lead on the third day of the third and final Test in Karachi.

Ramdin added 44 runs for the last wicket with Corey Collymore (eight not out) as the tourists recovered from 216-9 to 260 all out at the National Stadium. They trail Pakistan's first-innings score of 304 by 44 runs.

Ramdin was the last man out after he failed to make the crease at the non-striker's end while attempting a second run. He hit seven boundaries.

Despite dismissing the resolute West Indian opener Daren Ganga (81) early in the day, Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal dropped three chances to let the tourists' tail add 69 runs after they resumed at 191-6.

Ramdin held on after Ganga fell in the fifth over of the day. Ganga played a casual shot to an incoming delivery from Abdul Razzaq and was caught by Akmal behind the wicket.

Ganga, who was 77 overnight, hit nine boundaries during his 304-minute knock.

Pakistan took the second new ball with the West Indies on 213-8 and fast bowler Umar Gul bowled Daren Powell with the second delivery for one to finish with 4-79.

Gul had jolted the West Indies with three wickets off just ten balls on Tuesday, including the prized wicket of Brian Lara for a second ball duck.

Ramdin, dropped on five by Akmal off leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, took full advantage of the chance and hit Gul for three boundaries before reaching his fourth Test half-century.

Kaneria finished with 3-62.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 304 vs West Indies 260 all out (Daren Ganga 81, Denesh Ramdin 50, Chris Gayle 40, Chanderpaul 36; Umar Gul 4 for 79, Danish Kaneria 3 for 62)


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