W Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Kingston, 2nd day June 5, 2004

Lara and Sarwan hundreds put West Indies in control

The Wisden Bulletin

West Indies 294 for 3 (Lara 120, Sarwan 106*) lead Bangladesh 284 (Rajin Saleh 47, Banks 4-80) by 10 runs

Brian Lara: came in with his captaincy on the line but finished with a fantastic 119 © AFP

Hundreds by Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan put West Indies in control of the second Test against Bangladesh at Sabina Park. At the close if the second day, they had reached 289 for 3, a lead of 10 runs.

Although Lara fell five overs before the close for an excellent 119, the day belonged to West Indies. Pedro Collins wrapped up the Bangladesh innings in the morning, and despite the early loss of Chris Gayle, caught behind off a lazy drive for 14, it was one-day traffic thereafter.

Sarwan and Devon Smith added 83 for the second wicket before Smith was run out for 44, and then Lara and Sarwan put on 179 in 45 overs. In scoring his 26th century, Lara joined Sir Garfield Sobers as the West Indian with the most Test centuries. Compared to Lara, Sarwan's hundred was relatively sedate, spanning 186 balls. Despite the wicket of Lara, West Indies remain in a good position to press ahead and build a substantial first-innings tommorow.