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Lara puts West Indies targets ahead of personal glory

Written by: Staff

MULTAN, Pakistan, Nov 21 (Reuters) Brian Lara says it is more important for West Indies to turn up the heat on Pakistan than for him to push on for a triple century when the second test resumes tomorrow.

''I am not necessarily looking at a triple century...it is all about getting a couple more partnerships to put Pakistan under pressure,'' Lara told reporters after finishing the third day unbeaten on 196.

''I don't look at my innings in a personal context. What matters is we are in a good position in this match and we try to finish it off well. If that happens it would add value to my runs.'' West Indies were 509 for five at the close of play today, a lead of 152.

Lara played several savage strokes and was particularly severe on Danish Kaneria, hammering the leg spinner for 26 in one over with three sixes and two fours.

''I knew we needed to target someone with the second new ball coming up,'' said the 37-year-old left hander.

''But there was nothing going on in my mind facing him, I just watched the flight and concentrated playing through mid-on and mid-off.'' Lara, the highest scorer in tests, became the fifth batsman to score a century before lunch as he compiled his fourth hundred in four tests against Pakistan.

He smashed 100 from 77 balls with five sixes and 12 fours to bring up his 34th test century. Only India's Sachin Tendulkar (35) has more.

CARRY ON ''I am very enthusiastic every time I go out and I want to do well. I want to see West Indies do well and I have the energy and desire to carry on,'' said the veteran batsman.

Lara said the only low point was watching Chris Gayle (93), Daren Ganga (82) and Dwayne Bravo (89) miss out on centuries.

''I like to see the younger players get hundreds,'' he said.

''It is more important for them to get hundreds than it is for me.

''But with time and opportunity I hope they learn.'' Lara and Bravo shared a record fifth-wicket partnership of 200 as West Indies chalked up their highest total in Pakistan.

Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis described Lara's knock as the work of a genius.

''The dangerous thing for us is he is still there,'' said Waqar. ''The pitch has eased and is good for batting and we need to get him out early.'' Reuters DH GC1900

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