Roach strikes early after Aussies lead
ROSEAU, Dominica – Kemar Roach grabbed an early wicket before lunch, after Australia took a 110-run, first innings lead over West Indies in the third and final Digicel Test on Wednesday.
Roach had left-handed opener David Warner caught at first slip for 11, as Australia reached 18 for one in their second innings for an overall lead of 128 at the interval on the third day at Windsor Park.
Earlier, West Indies resumed from their overnight total of 165 for eight and were bowled out for 218, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 328.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul finished with the top score of 68 and Ravi Rampaul made 31, as West Indies were dismissed about half-hour before lunch.
The pair completed a 66-run stand for the ninth wicket, putting West Indies within reach of the 200-run threshold before Rampaul was caught at square cover off the leading edge, becoming the fourth wicket for off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Roach joined Chanderpaul and they spent just over an hour together, further frustrating the Aussies and taking West Indies over 200 mark.
Chanderpaul, whose innings contained just three boundaries from 164 balls in close to four hours, was the last West Indies wicket to fall, when he was adjudged lbw to Mitchell Starc, playing across a well-pitched delivery.
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 still in the hunt for their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 328
(M. Wade 106; S. Shillingford 6-119)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 165 for eight)
A. Barath c Cowan b Lyon 29
K. Brathwaite c wkpr Wade b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Powell b Lyon 40
D.M. Bravo c Cowan b Warner 10
N. Deonarine lbw b Harris 7
+C. Baugh c Cowan b Lyon 5
*D. Sammy run out (Cowan) 10
S. Shillingford b Starc 0
R. Rampaul c Warner b Lyon 31
K. Roach not out 9
Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb5) 9
TOTAL (all out) 218
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-62 (Barath), 3-73 (Bravo), 4-85 (Powell), 5-96 (Deonarine), 6-103 (+Baugh), 7-120 (*Sammy), 8-120 (Shillingford), 9-186 (Rampaul)
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 18-6-30-1; Starc 12.2-4-29-2 (nb3); Harris 13-0-36-1 (nb1); Watson 4-0-12-0 (w1); Lyon 33-7-69-4; Warner 5-0-21-1; Clarke 2-0-18-0 (nb1)
AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings
D. Warner c Chanderpaul b Roach 11
E. Cowan not out 6
S. Watson not out 0
Extras (nb1) 1
TOTAL (1 wkt) 18
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Warner)
Bowling: Rampaul 2-0-13-0; Roach 2-0-5-1 (nb1)
Position: Australia lead by 128 runs 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)