W Indies v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Kingston, 2nd day June 6, 2004

Lara and Sarwan hundreds put West Indies in control

The Wisden Bulletin

West Indies 294 for 3 (Lara 119, 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 yesterday. At the close 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-way traffic thereafter.

Bangladesh will be hoping to take the attack to the West Indies early on this morning, starting with the wicket of nightwatchman Tino Best. With three days to go in this match, there is a lot of cricket still to be played, but with the West Indies poised to build a big lead, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith, Ridley Jacobs and Omari Banks still to bat, the home team remains in a good position to ease to a series-winning victory.

The weather forecast for Kingston today is warm, with a high of 31 degrees, but it will be mostly cloudy with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.