Sammy gives WI early edge
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Three wickets – two to Darren Sammy – kept West Indies in control of the first Digicel Test against Australia before lunch on Monday.
The West Indies captain snared two wickets for 14 runs from 10 overs, as Australia, replying to West Indies’ first innings total of 449 for nine declared, reached 133 for three at the lunch interval on the third day at Kensington Oval.
Sammy removed openers Ed Cowan for 14 and David Warner for 42 before Ricky Ponting was run out for four, after Australia resumed from their overnight total of 44 without loss.
The West Indies however, faced defiance from Shane Watson, not out on 39, and Australia captain Michael Clarke, not out on 27, in just over 1 ¼ hours before the interval, the pair adding 49 for the fourth wicket.
Sammy had grabbed an early breakthrough, when Cowan playing defensively forward, edged, and was caught behind for 14 in the third full over of the day. This followed an opening stand of 50 with Warner.
West Indies had an unsuccessful referral for an lbw, when Watson, on five, offered no stroke to a delivery that cut back sharply from outside the off-stump.
Hawkeye suggested the ball did not do enough to force umpire Ian Gould to change his original not-out verdict.
Typically bowling deadly accurate, Sammy struck eight overs later, when Warner playing defensively forward, thrust his bat hard at a delivery going across him, edged, and was caught at second slip for 42, leaving Australia 65 for two.
West Indies got a bonus, when Ponting was run out for four, failing to beat a throw from Kraigg Brathwaite at backward square leg to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, following a mix-up with Watson going for a single.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was a bit expensive initially, but he gradually grew in confidence, and appeared to have Clarke caught behind for 21 in the final half-hour before lunch. But the Australia captain successfully reviewed umpire Tony Hill’s decision.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years, and first series victory in close to two decades.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 449
(S. Chanderpaul 103; D. Warner 2-45)
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings
(overnight 44 without loss)
E. Cowan c wkpr Baugh b *Sammy 14
D. Warner c Bravo b *Sammy 42
S. Watson not out 39
R. Ponting run out (Brathwaite/+Baugh) 4
*M. Clarke not out 27
Extras (lb6, nb1) 7
TOTAL (3 wkts) 133
M. Hussey, +M. Wade, P. Siddle, R. Harris, B. Hilfenhaus, N. Lyon to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Cowan), 2-65 (Warner), 3-84 (Ponting)
Bowling: Edwards 12-2-36-0; Roach 11-0-43-0; Bishoo 8-0-33-0 (nb1); *Sammy 10-5-14-2; Deonarine 1-0-1-0
Position: Australia trail by 316 runs with seven first innings wickets standing
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)