On 12th April 2004, Brian Lara sketched history by becoming the first batsman to score 400* in the 4th test match of the England tour of West Indies. Lara tortured the English bowlers with his long-winded knock to get ahead in the league.
Windies were in a difficult position and looked like English would steal the game. The first day's closure recorded Lara's 86 out of 208; till the second day, he gained 313 out of 595. England was alarmed by Lara's concentrated move. The fast bowlers targeted Lara but turned unaffected the new ball started to soften.
However, there were a few minor bumps. On 127, the third umpire cleared that Lara has beaten Matthew Hoggard's throw. Another was the catch appeal from Gareth Batty when he was at 373. Twenty minutes before lunch, Brian Lara hoisted the bat for equalling Hayden's record. The next ball brought the record back to Lara. He kissed the pitch in honour. After lunch, Brian Lara became the first man to score 400. In total, he batted two minutes less of 13 hours, hit 43 boundaries and 4 sixes in 582 deliveries.
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