Thursday, November 23, 2006

Lara gaining on Sachin

Lara gaining on Sachin!

Brian Lara proved yet again his class by emphatically scoring an unbeaten 196 of 230 balls in Multan in Pakistan. He has now equaled Gavaskar’s 34 test tons and is just one off Tendulkar’s 35 centuries. This was Lara’s 4th successive test century vs Pakistan.

Sachin has been seen to struggle over the last few years with injuries as well as indifferent form. Although both players are contemporaries of each other, Lara is far ahead in the record books.

With his latest feat he has now become the first player to score a 100 before lunch twice. He has broken Sir Bradman’s record with his 19th 150+ score.

He has become also the 1st batsman to score 26 or more runs twice in his career when he hit Danish Kaneria for 26 runs in an over. In addition he also holds the record for most runs in an over at 28 runs again RJ Peterson of S.A. at Johannesburg in 2003-2004.

This 77-ball hundred was also the 9th fastest test ton overall and he 4th fastest for the Windies. This was also the fastest test hundred scored in terms of balls faced by a visiting batsman in Pakistan.

Lara also equaled the Windies record of hitting 7 sixes in an innings. He is also now Viv Richards record for most runs scored by a West Indies player versus Pakistan having completed his 1000 runs against them!

In terms of partnerships, his 200 runs with Bravo for the 5th wicket is a record for Windies vs Pakistan.

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