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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Windies, 89-1 As Aussies Set Tough Target

BRISBANE, Australia -- Wrist spinner Shane Warne made a crucial breakthrough after Australia set West Indies a daunting victory target of 420 in the first test Monday.


But there were ominous signs late in the day that West Indies number three Brian Lara could yet ruin Mark Taylor's calculations, although history still favors an Australia victory.


At close of play on the fourth day at the Gabba, West Indies were 89 for one in 29 overs.


Warne dismissed opener Robert Samuels for 29, but Lara stroked five boundaries in a late flourish to remain unbeaten on 29 at the close.


Warne, playing in his first test since undergoing surgery on the ring finger of his bowling hand in May, found the inside edge of Samuels's bat, deflecting the ball on to wicketkeeper Ian Healy's pads.


The ball looped gently to Taylor at first slip for a simple catch to give Warne his third wicket for the match.


Resuming on eight for no wicket, Australia reached 217 for six in 65 overs before captain Taylor declared the innings just after tea.


Australia suffered a blow earlier in the day when all-rounder Steve Waugh was unable to bat after sustaining a groin injury while bowling Sunday.


Waugh, who did not take the field for West Indies second innings, said he will miss the second test.


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Pakistan debutante Mohammed Wasim hit an outstanding debut century Sunday, but it wasn't good enough to save the home team as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 44 runs in the first test.


Chasing a target of 276 runs, Pakistan resumed its second innings Sunday at a precarious 46 for five and was finally dismissed for 231.


In Ahmedabad, India, the home team's pace bowler Javagal Srinath turned in a career-best bowling performance Saturday to spur India to a 64-run victory over South Africa in the first cricket test.


The Indian pacer, named man of the match, took six wickets for 21 runs in 11.5 overs as the visitors collapsed for 105, chasing a victory target of 170.


(AP, Reuters)