Honours even as Pakistan turn tables with Lara dismissal

<preform>WEST INDIES 374 </br> PAKISTAN 374-7</preform>
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What appeared to be a significant setback for Pakistan turned out to be a blessing in disguise on the third morning of the second and final Test yesterday as the teams went to lunch with scores even and the match almost certain to be decided by their second innings.

What appeared to be a significant setback for Pakistan turned out to be a blessing in disguise on the third morning of the second and final Test yesterday as the teams went to lunch with scores even and the match almost certain to be decided by their second innings.

The West Indies went to the interval on 374 for seven in response to Pakistan's 374 but the Pakistanis have the advantage of bowling last on a wearing pitch.

Their strength seemed to be diminished when leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, into his seventh over of an engrossing session, was warned for the third and final time by umpire Darrell Hair for encroaching on the restricted area of the pitch, forcing his mandatory withdrawal from the attack for the remainder of the innings.

The West Indies, 274 for four at the start, were then 317 for four with Brian Lara and Wavell Hinds beginning to take command in a partnership of 51 after an uncomfortable start against Kaneria and medium-pacer Abdul Razzaq.

Kaneria's dismissal obliged captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to claim the second new ball after 91 overs and Shabbir Ahmed, who missed a difficult catch off Razzaq at mid-off an over earlier with Lara on 146, struck with his second delivery.

Lara had converted his 30th Test hundred from 130 overnight to 153 but could not get his bat out of the way of a sharp lifter that took the edge on its way to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

The tall, slim Shabbir, whose action was reported for the third time in the past six years after the first Test in Barbados, dismissed wicketkeeper Courtney Browne next ball but Hinds got useful support from fast bowlers Daren Powell and Tino Best to level the scores. Hinds was on 45, Best 8.

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