WI collapse after Wade sparkles

ROSEAU, Dominica – A dramatic batting collapse, triggered by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, undermined West Indies’ bid for a series-levelling victory over Australia in the third and final Digicel Test on Tuesday.

Kieran Powell hit the top score of 40, veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul typically plodded away for 34 not out, Adrian Barath made 29 and Ravi Rampaul got 24 not out, as West Indies reached 165 for eight, replying to the Aussies’ first innings total of 328, at the close on the second day at Windsor Park.

West Indies were 75 for three at tea, and after the break, Lyon grabbed three wickets for 49 runs from 24 overs, as the hosts' batting again failed to inspire confidence, slumping from 85 for three to 120 for eight in a dizzying 1 ½ hours

This came after Shane Shillingford finished with career-best figures, but Matthew Wade led a blistering Australian counter-attack with his maiden Test hundred of 106 that tilted the balance of power.

To the delight of a crowd comprising several fellow Dominicans, off-spinner Shillingford captured two of the last three Australia wickets – including Wade – to end with six for 119 from 42.5 overs, as the visitors were dismissed about 10 minutes before lunch.

Shillingford’s 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 came to crease and with Barath frustrated Australia for the next hour and 40 minutes, mixing sound defence with aggression in the most stable period for West Indies.

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 further trouble before Barath was caught at forward short leg, turning an awkwardly bouncing delivery from Lyon into hands of the fielder about 20 minutes before tea.

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 and the ball looped from the bat onto the pad into the air.

Powell was bowled off the bottom edge, essaying a cut at a shortish delivery from Lyon 10 minutes after tea, and left-hander Narsingh Deonarine was lbw to Ryan Harris for seven, playing across after the decision was reviewed before West Indies had passed 100.

Carlton Baugh Jr helped West Indies cross the 100-run threshold before he gave Ed Cowan his third catch at short leg off Lyon, West Indies captain Darren Sammy produced his usual flurry for 10 before he failed to beat Cowan’s direct hit at the striker’s end from the covers going for a single, and Shillingford was bowled for a duck by left-arm fast-medium bowler Mitchell Starc’s deep in-swinger.

But Rampaul came to the crease and batted freely, putting on 45 with Chanderpaul in almost equal time and ensuring West Indies avoided the follow-on.

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 Australia 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 the Aussie left-handed wicketkeeper/batsman 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 and failed 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, but Shillingford 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

M. 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

Overs: 114.5

WEST INDIES 1st Innings

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

S. Chanderpaul not out 34

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 not out 24

Extras (b1, lb1, w1, nb3) 6

TOTAL (8 wkts) 165

K. Roach to bat

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)

Bowling: Hilfenhaus 11-4-15-1; Starc 10-4-21-1 (nb1); Harris 9-0-27-1; Watson 4-0-12-0 (w1); Lyon 24-5-49-3; Warner 5-0-21-1; *Clarke 2-0-18-0

Overs: 65

Position: West Indies trail by 163 runs with two 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)

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 13:53