Australia labour to 87-run win over Windies

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 0:52 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Bridgetown: Australia were made to fight all the way to the end, but they completed an 87-run victory in the third and final Test against West Indies on Monday.

West Indies, chasing 475 for victory, were dismissed for 387 in their second innings about 25 minutes before the tea break on the fifth and final day of the Test at Kensington Oval.

Brett Lee formalised the result, when he had Daren Powell touch a short, rising ball to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Australia win the three-Test series 2-0, after they also won the opening Test at Sabina Park in the Jamaica capital of Kingston by 95 runs.


The second Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in the Antigua village of North Sound was drawn.

The Aussies have already retained the Frank Worrell Trophy - symbol of Test supremacy between the two sides.

The match was over as a genuine contest once Beau Casson and Stuart Clark swung the match Australia's way with two vital wickets before lunch.

Casson removed Dwayne Bravo for 69, and Clark got Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 50, as West Indies reached 316 for five in their second innings at the interval.

For just over 90 minutes, Australia had been kept at bay by Chanderpaul and Bravo, after West Indies continued from their bedtime total of 235 for three.

The day started shakily for the Aussies, when Chanderpaul edged the first delivery from Clark through the slip cordon for a boundary.

Unfortunately for the Aussies, Chanderpaul and Bravo took this as a sign, and knuckled down to play circumspectly, and a few milestones fell by the way during this period.

First, Bravo stabbed a delivery from Casson into the square cover region for a single to reach his 50.

Then Chanderpaul reached 8,000 Test runs, when he glanced a delivery from Brett Lee to deep fine leg for a single.

Chanderpaul then tugged a full toss from Casson to mid-on for a single in the following over to reach his 50.

The Aussie bowlers would also suffer some punishment along the way, and an intriguing battle surfaced between Casson and Bravo which saw the young left-arm wrist spinner being carted three times over long-off for sixes.

But Australia captain Ricky Ponting persevered with Casson and he was rewarded when Bravo was caught at silly point playing defensively forward to a delivery of no great merit to end a fourth-wicket stand of 122.

Ponting then claimed the second new ball after 83.1 overs, and Clark struck with the second delivery, when he had Chanderpaul adjudged lbw about 15 minutes before lunch.

What transpired after lunch was of academic interest only, although the West Indies tail-enders made Australia work hard all the way.

Jerome Taylor joined Denesh Ramdin and they put on 42 for the sixth wicket, but Clark removed the West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman, and there no comeback for the home team as they lost their last five wickets for 42 runs from 73 balls.

Clark was the pick of the Aussies bowlers with three wickets for 58 runs from 24 overs, Test newcomer Casson snared three for 86 from 25 overs, and Brett Lee took two for 109 from 25.4 overs.

Write Comments