Barath falls as WI start steadily
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A bright start for West Indies was spoiled, when opener Adrian Barath gifted his wicket before lunch in the first Digicel Test against Australia on Saturday.
At the interval, West Indies were 60 for one with Kraigg Brathwaite not out on 24 and Kirk Edwards not out on 11.
Barath fell after 1 ¼ hours, when he miscued an ill-advised hook at a short, rising ball from Ryan Harris and was caught at long leg for 22.
He and Brathwaite gave West Indies a solid start, putting on 38 for the first wicket after West Indies chose to bat on a hard, true Kensington Oval pitch.
Brathwaite collected the first boundary of the day, when he glanced a delivery from Harris to the deep fine leg boundary in the third over.
But he was fortunate on 10, when he played an uppish drive and Peter Siddle dropped a return chance to his left.
Barath broke the war of attrition, when he sliced a drive at a delivery from Siddle to collect his first boundary before his departure came a few overs later.
Edwards joined Brathwaite and they remained unflappable for the remainder of the period.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
A. Barath c Siddle b Harris 22
K. Brathwaite not out 24
K. Edwards not out 11
Extras (lb2, nb1) 3
TOTAL (1 wkt) 60
D.M. Bravo, S. Chanderpaul, N. Deonarine, +C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy, K. Roach, F. Edwards, D. Bishoo to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Barath)
Bowling: Harris 8-2-19-1; Hilfenhaus 9-3-15-0; Siddle 7-3-17-0 (nb1); Lyon 3-1-3-0; *Clarke 2-0-4-0
AUSTRALIA: D. Warner, E. Cowan, S. Watson, R. Ponting, *M. Clarke, M. Hussey, +M. Wade, R. Harris, P. Siddle, B.Hilfenhaus, N. Lyon
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: I. Gould (England), T. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (Barbados/West Indies)