Cricket: Chanderpaul leads record run spree

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SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL and Carl Hooper both hit centuries as the West Indies levelled the one-day international series against South Africa, winning the second match by 43 runs at Buffalo Park, East London, yesterday.

Chanderpaul made 150 and Hooper 108 as the West Indies reached 292 for 9 after being sent in to bat. Despite the high scoring, the South African fast bowler Shaun Pollock took a career-best of 6 for 35.

South Africa were quickly reduced to 18 for 3. Despite half-centuries by Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher, the home side were never on target to repeat the run chase that enabled them to win the first limited overs game in Johannesburg.

It was the first major win for the West Indies on their tour of South Africa after they lost all five Test matches and the first one-day international.

One-day records tumbled as Chanderpaul and Hooper enabled their side to recover from a disastrous start in which two wickets fell in the first over.

Guyana team-mates Chanderpaul and Hooper surpassed one of the proudest West Indian records when they beat the fourth-wicket record of 149 between Clive Lloyd and Rohan Kanhai that provided the foundation for the West Indies' triumph against Australia in the 1975 World Cup final at Lord's.

They then beat the West Indian record for any wicket when they went past the 221 by Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards for the second wicket against India in Jamshedphur in 1983-84. Chanderpaul's score bettered the 122 by Phil Simmons, the previous best against South Africa, in Kingston in 1991-92.

In Gwalior, India, the teenager Laxmi Ratan Shukla and his fellow seamer Dodda Ganesh ripped through Pakistan's top order as India A had the tourists struggling on the second day of their opening match of the trip yesterday. Pakistan were 107 for 5 at the close in their second innings, a lead of 165, after losing their first four wickets for just eight runs. Inzamam- ul-Haq, who made an unbeaten 98 in the first innings, dug in once more to reach 60 not out.