Two wickets rock WI before tea
ROSEAU, Dominica – West Indies gifted two wickets in the final 20 minutes before tea, further loosening their grip on the third and final Digicel Test against Australia on Tuesday.
The Windies lost opener Adrian Barath for 29 and left-hander Darren Brvao for 10, as they limped to 75 for three, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 328, at the break on the second day at Windsor Park.
This came after Shane Shillingford finished with his best bowling figures in Tests, but a blistering Australia counter-attack led by Matthew Wade’s maiden Test hundred of 106 tilted the balance of power.
To the delight of a crowd comprising several fellow Dominicans, Shillingford captured two of the last three Australian wickets – including Wade– to end with six for 119 from 42.5 overs, as the visitors were dismissed about 10 minutes before lunch.
His intervention came following a feisty innings from the compact Wade, whose knock included 10 fours and three sixes from 146 balls in just over 3 ¼ hours, that beefed up Australia’s total, after they continued from their overnight total of 212 for seven.
West Indies then suffered an early setback, when Kraigg Brathwaite was caught behind for a duck, groping at a delivery wide outside the off-stump from Ben Hilfenhaus in the first over, as his run of poor form continued.
Kieran Powell, not out on 34, came to crease and with Barath frustrated Australia for the next hour and 40 minutes, mixing sound defence with aggression.
Left-hander Powell was fortunate on 30, when Ricky Ponting at short extra cover failed to grab a one-handed, diving chance going to his left off Nathan Lyon’s off-spin.
The pair added 61 with little or no trouble before Barath was caught at forward short leg, turning an awkwardly bouncing delivery from Lyon into hands of the fielder.
Darren Bravo un-reeled a couple of sparkling drives for boundaries, but he too, was caught at short leg off the uncomplicated, part-time leg-spin of David Warner, when he thrust forward defensively.
Earlier, a full length delivery outside the off-stump from Kemar Roach was stroked through cover for the last of Wade’s fours, carrying him to his milestone from 143 balls before Shillingford had him caught at deep mid-wicket trying to clear the rope.
Shillingford quickly brought the innings to a close just two deliveries later, when he bowled Ben Hilfenhaus for 19.
West Indies had a chance to remove Wade in the first half-hour, but Roach dropped a hot return chance, when he mistimed a pull on 22.
But West Indies did not have to wait long for an early breakthrough to come, as an absent-minded Mitchell Starc was run out for 35, when he sauntered into the striker’s end going for a third run with Wade, failing to beat Brathwaite’s throw from long-off following a nifty diving save. The Aussie pair added 59 for the eighth wicket.
West Indies then endured another wobbly period, when Wade took charge, dominating a 102-run, ninth-wicket stand with Hilfenhaus that frustrated the hosts.
Shillingford however, ensured the celebrations were short-lived, wrapping things up swiftly.
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
E. Cowan lbw b Rampaul 1
D. Warner c Powell b Shillingford 50
S. Watson c Deonarine b *Sammy 41
R. Ponting c Sammy b Shillinford 23
*M. Clarke c Barath b Shillingford 24
Hussey c *Sammy b Shillingford 10
+M. Wade c Bravo b Shillingford 106
R. Harris c wkpr Baugh b Roach 4
M. Starc run out (Brathwaite) 35
B. Hilfenhaus b Shillingford 19
N. Lyon not out 0
Extras (b4, lb6, w3, nb2) 15
TOTAL (all out) 328
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cowan), 2-84 (Watson), 3-105 (Warner), 4-142 (Ponting), 5-157 (*Clarke), 6-146 (Hussey), 7-169 (Harris), 8-226 (Starc), 9-328 (+Wade)
Bowling: Roach 23-5-72-1 (nb2); Rampaul 24-6-65-1 (w1); *Sammy 21-7-48-1; Shillingford 42.5-9-119-6; Doenarine 4-0-14-0
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
A. Barath c Cowan b Lyon 29
K. Brathwaite c wkpr Wade b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Powell not out 34
D.M. Bravo c Cowan b Warner 10
S. Chanderpaul not out 0
Extras (w1, nb1) 2
TOTAL (3 wkts) 75
N. Deonarine, +C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy, S. Shillingford, K. Roach, R. Rampaul to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-62 (Barath), 3-73 (Bravo)
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 8-3-9-1; Starc 5-2-13-0 (nb1); Harris 3-0-14-0; Watson 4-0-12-0 (w1); Lyon 9-1-17-1; Warner 2-0-10-1
Position: West Indies trail by 253 with seven first 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)