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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Windies Face Fight To Save Test

SYDNEY -- Australia captain Mark Taylor set West Indies a target of 340 runs to win the second test on a day of despair for fellow opener Matthew Elliott on Monday.


West Indies openers Sherwin Campbell and Robert Samuels survived 12 tense overs late in the day to steer the tourists to 27 for no wicket at close of play on the fourth day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


With their hopes of winning all but extinguished because of the slowness of the wicket, West Indies faces the more realistic task of batting through a minimum of 90 overs on the fifth and final day to earn a draw.


Elliott was denied a maiden test century when he was forced to retire on 78 because of a knee injury after a painful collision with teammate Mark Waugh.


Elliott and Waugh collided as they sprinted between the wickets in search of a second run with the total on 143 for two just before lunch.


Waugh made amends for his involvement in the incident by hitting a patient 67 as Australia painstakingly advanced to 312 for four in their second innings before Taylor declared the innings 40 minutes before the scheduled close.


Australia, which won the first test by 123 runs, scored 331 in their first innings in Sydney before dismissing West Indies for 304.


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Pakistan paceman Mohammed Zahid destroyed New Zealand with a seven-wicket haul to complete a remarkable debut and square the series in the second and final test on Sunday.


His seven for 66 coupled with his first innings four for 64 made him the first Pakistan bowler to capture more than 10 wickets on his debut. Pakistan won by an inning and 13 runs with a day and a half to spare.


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A sensational debut bowling performance by 25-year-old Lance Klusener enabled South Africa to win the second test against India by 329 runs at Eden Gardens on Sunday.


India, chasing an imposing target of 467 runs for victory, was bowled out for 137 runs in their second innings.