Barath falls early as WI chase 370
ROSEAU, Dominica – An early setback to West Indies’ pursuit of 370 for a series-levelling victory, overshadowed a history-making moment for hometown hero Shane Shillingford before lunch in the third and final Digicel Test against Australia on Thursday.
Opener Adrian Barath was well caught by a diving Ed Cowan at square leg off Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck, uppishly flicking an over-pitched delivery in the third over of the chase, as the Windies reached two runs for one wicket at the interval on the penultimate day at Windsor Park.
This followed Shillingford becoming the first West Indies spin bowler in close to 46 years to capture 10 wickets in a Test.
The loose-limbed off-spinner finished with four wickets for 100 runs from 39 overs, as West Indies bowled Australia out for 259 in their second innings about half-hour before lunch.
Shillingford collected 10 for 219 in the match, becoming the first bowler since Lance Gibbs captured 10 for 106 against England at Old Trafford in 1966.
He also became only the second West Indies bowler to take 10 wickets in the Caribbean, following Wilfred Ferguson, whose 11 for 229 helped earn a draw against England 64 years ago at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
After he struck early, removing Mike Hussey caught at slip for 32 playing defensive forward in the first half-hour, Shillingford’s special moment arrived when he had Hilfenhaus caught at silly mid-off by a flying Kraigg Brathwaite for six to a cacophony of noise from a crowd filled with scores of his compatriots.
In between, Narsingh Deonarine had Ryan Harris caught by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr for nine from a top-edged sweep to finish with three for 45 from 14 overs, and Kemar Roach brought Australia’s innings to a close, when he sneaked a delivery through Mitchell Starc’s airy drive and bowled him for 21 to end with three for 40 from 13 overs.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and a draw in the second Digicel Test at Queen’s Park Oval, which meant that Australia would retain the Frank Worrell Trophy, symbol of supremacy between the two sides.
West Indies are also in the hunt for their first Test victory over the Aussies in nine years.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 328
(M. Wade 106; S. Shillingford 6-119)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 218
(S. Chanderpaul 68; N. Lyon 4-69)
AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings
(overnight 200 for six)
D. Warner c Chanderpaul b Roach 11
E. Cowan c *Sammy b Deonarine 55
S. Watson c *Sammy b Shillingford 5
R. Ponting c Chanderpaul b Roach 57
*M. Clarke c Bravo b Shillingford 25
M. Hussey c Sammy b Shillingford 32
+M. Wade lbw b Deonarine 4
R. Harris c wkpr Baugh b Deonarine 9
M. Starc b Roach 21
B. Hilfenhaus c Brathwaite b Shillingford 6
N. Lyon not out 12
Extras (b8, lb9, w1, nb4) 22
TOTAL (all out) 259
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Warner), 2-25 (Watson), 3-112 (Cowan), 4-168 (Ponting), 5-171 (*Clarke), 6-196 (+Wade), 7-220 (Hussey), 8-230 (Harris), 9-237 (Hilfenhaus)
Bowling: Rampaul 9-1-37-0; Roach 13-2-40-3 (nb4, w1); Shillingford 39-7-100-4; *Sammy 10-4-20-0; Deonarine 14-1-45-2
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 370)
A. Barath c Cowan b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Brathwaite not out 2
K. Powell not out 0
TOTAL (1 wkt) 2
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Barath)
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 3-3-0-1; Starc 3-2-2-0; Lyon 1-1-0-0
Position: West Indies need 368 more to win with nine second innings wickets standing
Umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa), A. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: I. Gould (England)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: P. Nero (Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies)