Lara's ton fail to lift West Indies

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Despite a defiant century by West Indian captain Brian Lara, South Africa remained in a strong position after the third day of the third cricket Test.

Cape Town: Despite a defiant century by West Indian captain Brian Lara, South Africa remained in a strong position after the third day of the third cricket Test at Newlands Staidum at Cape Town today. South Africa were 38 for no wicket in their second innings, an overall lead of 143. Lara became the fastest batsman to 9,000 Test runs, hitting 115 in a West Indian total of 427. South Africa lead the current four-match series 2-0. Lara took 170 minutes and 134 balls to reach his fifty and 306 minutes and 224 balls for his 24th Test hundred. He hit 16 fours before he swung across the line against fast bowler Andre Nel to be last man out. Nel took five for 87, his first five-wicket haul in Tests. Earlier, at 84, Lara became the fifth player to score 9,000 Test runs, achieving the feat faster than any of the other four, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. (With wire inputs)
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