WI fail to stop Cowan, Ponting
ROSEAU, Dominica – West Indies ran into a roadblock before tea, when Ricky Ponting and Ed Cowan linked up for an unbroken, 69-run stand for the third wicket to fortify Australia’s hold on the third and final Digicel Test on Wednesday.
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford struck early after lunch, but Cowan, not out on 45, and Ponting, not out on 28, have strenuously resisted, as Australia reached 94 for two in their second innings for an overall lead of 204 at the break on the third day at Windsor Park.
Shillingford struck in the fifth over after the interval, when he had Shane Watson caught at leg slip for five, turning an awkwardly bouncing delivery around the corner.
But West Indies could make no further headway, as Cowan and Ponting grinded away for the remainder of the session to enhance the visitors’ position.
Kemar Roach had grabbed an early wicket before lunch, as Australia reached 18 for one at the interval.
Roach had left-handed opener David Warner caught at first slip for 11, edging a loose drive at a delivery that moved away outside the off-stump.
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 45
S. Watson c *Sammy b Shillingford 5
R. Ponting not out 28
Extras (b4, nb1) 5
TOTAL (2 wkts) 94
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Warner), 2-25 (Watson)
Bowling: Rampaul 6-1-20-0; Roach 7-0-23-1 (nb1) ; Shillingford 14-3-37-1; *Sammy 6-3-9-0; Deonarine 1-0-1-0
Position: Australia lead by 204 runs with eight 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)