Cricket: Haynes leads West Indies fightback

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West Indies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 & 333-3

Pakistan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

DESMOND HAYNES, his recent declining form and advancing years raising understandable doubts about his future, secured a powerful, virtually invincible position for the West Indies on the second day of the first Test here in Trinidad yesterday with an impeccable unbeaten 115.

Starting the West Indies' second innings after Pakistan had eked out a negligible first-innings lead of 13 following the remarkable collapses of the opening day, the 37-year-old applied himself with the experience and expertise gained in 15 years in the West Indies team. This is his 109th Test match and his 17th century. His last was as long as 15 Tests ago, 111 against Australia in Georgetown in 1991.

Over five and three-quarter hours, in the sweltering heat of the Queens Park Oval, he provided the cement to a West Indian total of 333 for 3.

He shared an opening stand of 57 with Phil Simmons, his unconvincing partner since Greenidge's departure, and then acted as the perfect foil for the blistering stroke-making of his captain Richie Richardson and the left- handed Brian Lara that carried the West Indies along at virtually a run a minute.

Richardson, starting with a swept six off leg-spinner Mushtaq also hit 12 fours in 68 off 72 deliveries before Wasim Akram's stunning, sliding left-handed catch at mid-off disposed of him following a partnership of 103. Richardson's blazing bat earned him five boundaries from six deliveries just before his demise, two off the big teenager Ata-ur-Rehman, three in succession when Waqar Younis returned for a rare appearance. Richardson was fuming when apparently impeded by Rehman at the bowler's end attempting a second run and his complaint brought a warning from umpires Steve Bucknor and the Englishman Dickie Bird to the over-exuberant bowler and a conciliatory pat on the back from Akram. Even so match referee Raman Subba Row requested a television replay of the incident at tea.

It was left to the boy Rehman to keep the West Indies from running completely rampant and, in nine untiring consecutive overs he did not concede a boundary. But runs were freely available at the opposite end and Lara treated his hometown crowd to a typically dazzling exhibition, with a six and 11 fours in 96 as he and Haynes put on 169 for the third wicket.

His adoring fans were preparing themselves for a late celebration of a century on his first Test appearance on the ground when Asif Mujtaba, an occasional left-arm spinner made one turn back sharply from out of the rough and Lara, offering no stroke, diverted the ball back into the stumps with his front pad.

(Second day: West Indies won toss)

WEST INDIES - First Innings 127.

PAKISTAN - First Innings

(Overnight: 113 for 7)

Aamir Sohail c Hooper b Bishop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Ramiz Raja lbw b Bishop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Inzamam ul-Haq lbw b Walsh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Javed Miandad lbw b Ambrose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Basit Ali lbw Bishop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Asif Mujtaba c Lara b Bishop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

*Wasim Akram c Richardson b Ambrose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

] Moin Khan c Murray b Ambrose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Waqar Younis c Lara b Ambrose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Mushtaq Ahmed c Hooper b Bishop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Ata-ur-Rehman not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Extras (nb6 lb6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140

Fall: 1-17 2-52 3-100 4-100 5-102 6-104 7-108 8-120 9-136.

Bowling: Ambrose 17-6-34-4 (nb2); Bishop 15.5-6- 43-5 (nb1); Walsh 7-4-13-1; Cummins 5-0-19-0 (nb3); Hooper 4-0-25-0.

WEST INDIES - Second Innings

D L Haynes not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

P V Simmons c Asif Mujtaba b Aamir Sohail. . . . . . . . . . . . 22

*R B Richardson c Wasim b Waqar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

B C Lara b Asif Mujtaba. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

I R Bishop not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Extras (b1 lb17 w2 nb11). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Total (for 3)333

Bowling: Akram 17-3-53-0 (nb4); Waqar 12-1-62-1 (nb2 w1); Ata-ur-Rehman 19-0-82-0 (nb4); Mushtaq 13-1-45-0; Sohail 5-1-30-1 (nb1); Mujtaba 10-1-43-10.

To bat: K L T Arthurton, C L Hooper, J R Murray, C E L Ambrose, A C Cummins, C A Walsh.

Umpires: H D Bird and S U Bucknor.

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