Fidel, Sammy strike before lunch
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — West Indies captured two wickets in the morning session of the fifth and final day to slow down Australia’s hopes of making quick runs in the second Digicel Test on Thursday.
Australia were forced to scored slowly after losing Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in the opening session, reaching lunch on 123-5 after resuming their second innings on 73-3. At the break, Australia’s overall lead was 177 with just two sessions to play at Queen’s Park Oval.
The Australians made a cautious start, adding just 16 runs from the first nine overs and made just 50 from 25 overs in the entire session.
Ponting, who survived a confident appeal for lbw, added nine runs to his overnight score of 32 before he threw his wicket away trying to raise the run-rate. Fidel Edwards bowled him a bouncer and Ponting hooked it into the waiting hands of Kieran Powell at deep backward square.
Clarke departed three overs later when he was brilliantly caught by West Indian captain Darren Sammy off his own bowling. Clarke tried to drive a good length ball from
Sammy down the ground but pushed it up and Sammy reached out a snatched a superb one-handed reflex catch for his sixth caught anf bowl in Test cricket.
Australia lead the three-match Digicel Test Series 1-0 following their win in the first match in Barbados last week.