WI fighting hard, but Aussies steady
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – West Indies had modest success before tea in their bid to save the first Digicel Test against Australia on Tuesday.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy grabbed the only scalp for West Indies, as Australia, chasing 192 for victory, reached 61 for one in their second innings on the final day at Kensington Oval with Shane Watson not out on 23 and Ed Cowan on 11.
Sammy had left-handed opener David Warner caught behind for 22, nibbling at a delivery outside the off-stump, leaving the Australians 31 for one.
But West Indies failed to make further headway, as Watson joined Cowan and they dug in to consolidate Australia’s position.
Twice West Indies unsuccessfully reviewed umpire Ian Gould’s not-out verdicts for lbw against Watson before he had scored – both off Roach.
Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, standing up to the stumps, dropped Cowan on six off Sammy, who also dropped Watson, on five, at gully off Roach.
Earlier, West Indies were dismissed for 148 in their second innings about 13 minutes before the scheduled lunch interval following resolute batting from their tail-enders, led by Roach with 25, Carlton Baugh Jr made 23 and Narsingh Deonarine also got 21.
Starting the day on 71 for five, West Indies suffered an early setback, when Deonarine was lbw for 21 playing back and across to a well-pitched delivery from Harris that straightened.
Sammy joined Baugh and they curbed their natural instincts, spending close to 45 minutes defying the Australian attack.
The West Indies captain was fortunate on 12, when Nathan Lyon dropped a sitter at deep mid-on off Peter Siddle, but he failed to capitalise on the chance.
Sammy was bowled for the addition of two runs, when he inside-edged a delivery from Watson, tried to prevent the ball from rolling onto the stumps, and only succeeded in kicking it on.
Baugh soon followed, when he was caught at mid-off, chipped a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus, leaving West Indies 116 for eight.
Edwards was dropped on one, when Watson failed to grab an uppish drive and
spent close to 40 minutes frustrating the Aussies before he was caught at
mid-off for three off Siddle, essaying an ill-advised big drive over the top.
The last wicket pair of Devendra Bishoo and Roach continued to defy the Aussies, spending close to 45 minutes together.
Roach was on 10, when Australia captain Michael Clarke dropped him at slip from Lyon’s off-spin before Harris bowled him to bring the innings to a close.
Hilfenhaus was the most successful bowler with four wickets for 27 runs from 17 overs, Harris collected three for 31 from 8.4 overs and Siddle snared two for 32 from 17 overs.
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 449-9 declared
(S. Chanderpaul 103; D. Warner 2-45)
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 406-9 declated
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(overnight 71 for five)
A. Barath b Hilfenhaus 2
K. Brathwaite c wkpr Wade b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Edwards lbw b Hilfenhaus 1
D.M. Bravo c wkpr Wade b Siddle 32
S. Chanderpaul c wkpr Wade b Harris 12
N. Deonarine lbw b Harris 21
+C. Baugh c Harris b Hilfenhaus 23
*D. Sammy b Watson 14
K. Roach b Harris 25
F. Edwards c Watson b Siddle 3
D. Bishoo not out 7
Extras (b4, lb3, nb1) 8
TOTAL (all out) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Barath), 2-3 (Brathwaite), 3-4 (K. Edwards), 4-17 (Chanderpaul), 5-67 (Bravo), 6-75 (Deonarine), 7-106 (*Sammy), 8-116 (+Baugh), 9-125 (F. Edwards)
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 17-7-27-4; Watson 12-1-30-1; Harris 8.4-2-31-3 (nb1); Siddle 17-2-32-2; Lyon 11-4-19-0; *Clarke 1-0-2-0
AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings (target: 192)
D. Warner c wkpr Baugh b *Sammy 22
E. Cowan not out 11
S. Watson not out 23
Extras (lb2, w1, nb2) 5
TOTAL (1 wkt) 61
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Warner)
Bowling: Roach 8-0-30-0 (nb1); F. Edwards 5-0-10-0 (nb1); Sammy 8-2-10-1 (w1); Bishoo 1-0-9-0
Position: Australia need 131 more runs to win with nine second innings wickets standing
Umpires: I. Gould (England), A. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (Barbados/West Indies)