WI make shaky start
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies failed to build on the hard work of their bowlers – led by Kemar Roach – and made a shaky start to their batting in the second Digicel Test against Australia on Monday.
The Windies, replying to Australia’s first innings total of 311, stumbled to 49 for three when bad light stopped play 5.3 overs early on the second day at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell all fell lbw cheaply, as Australia defied conventional wisdom and opened the bowling with left-arm spinner Michael Beer, putting early pressure on the hosts.
Roach had grabbed five wickets for 105 runs from 27 overs, as Australia were dismissed about 10 minutes before the rescheduled tea break.
West Indies suffered an early setback, when Brathwaite was lbw to Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck, shuffling too far across the stumps to a delivery that straightened on him, a decision from umpire Ian Gould that was confirmed by Hawkeye when the West Indies opener reviewed it.
Hometown boy Barath spent about 45 minutes at the crease, but failed to find any real momentum before he was lbw for seven playing back to a delivery of no real merit from Beer.
Powell looked confident at the crease and a couple meaty strokes off Hilfenhaus eased his nerves further. He was just beginning to blossom, when he was also dubiously lbw for 19 to James Pattinson.
The left-hander chose not to review the dismissal, but had he made that choice might have been spared, after TV replays suggested that the delivery pitched outside the line of the leg-stump.
Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined fellow left-hander Darren Bravo at the crease and they defied the Australian attack for about 40 minutes to carry West Indies through to the close.
Earlier, it was the third time Roach had captured five wickets in an innings in Tests, after he wrapped up the Australian innings with the scalps of Hilfenhaus and Beer in the space of three deliveries.
He bowled Hilfenhaus for five and trapped tail-ender Beer lbw for two – a decision emphasised following a review of the decision by the batsman.
Rain had delayed the start of play after lunch by 1 ½ hours and West Indies continued to meet stiff resistance from left-handers Mike Hussey and James Pattinson.
Part-time off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine broke through the stubborn seventh-wicket stand however, when he had Hussey caught at short extra cover, driving a flighted delivery about 35 minutes before the rescheduled tea break. The Australian left-hander struck four fours and one six in 73 from 207 balls in just over four hours.
For just over 2 ½ hours, West Indies had met a roadblock, as Hussey and Pattinson added 89 to add beef to Australia’s total.
Shillingford soon followed up with the scalp of Pattinson, when the batsman was caught at short cover off the leading edge for 32.
West Indies were unfortunate, when Hilfenhaus reviewed umpire Ian Gould’s decision to give him out lbw on one. Hawkeye suggested the delivery would have spun down the leg-side.
Before lunch, West Indies were unable to build on Roach’s early breakthrough, as Hussey and Pattinson carried the Australians to 267 for six, when rain brought lunch 10 minutes earlier than scheduled.
Roach struck in the second over of the day, when he had Matthew Wade caught at first slip for 11, playing defensively forward.
After a 16-minute stoppage for rain, a drive through cover off West Indies captain Darren Sammy for a deuce brought Hussey to his 50 from 137 balls in just under 2 ¾ hours, but he was fortunate on 47.
Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr muffed a stumping chance, when Hussey charged down the pitch to a delivery from Shillingford and was bamboozled playing defensively forward.
The hosts trail 0-1 in the three-match series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test, which ended last Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The third and final Digicel Test starts next Monday at Windsor Park in Dominica.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years, and first series victory in close to two decades.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings
(overnight 208 for five)
D. Warner c *Sammy b Shillingford 29
E. Cowan lbw b Roach 28
S. Watson c Barath b Shillingford 56
R. Ponting c *Sammy b Roach
*M. Clarke c Shillingford b Deonarine 45
M. Hussey c Brathwaite b Deonarine 73
M. Wade c D.M. Bravo b Roach 11
J. Pattinson c Barath b Shillingford 32
B. Hilfenhaus b Roach 5
N. Lyon not out 7
M. Beer lbw b Roach 2
Extras (b5, lb5, w1, nb5) 16
TOTAL (all out) 311
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Warner), 2-65 (Cowan), 3-85 (Ponting), 4-167 (*Clarke), 5-178 (Watson), 6-208 (+Wade), 7-297 (Hussey), 8-297 (Pattinson), 9-309 (Hilfenhaus)
Bowling: F. Edwards 23-11-45-0 (nb1); Roach 27-5-105-5 (nb3, w1); *Sammy 16-6-27-0; Shillingford 49-17-92-3 (nb1); Deonarine 20-6-32-2
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
A. Barath lbw b Beer 7
K. Brathwaite lbw b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Powell lbw b Pattinson 19
D.M. Bravo not out 16
S. Chanderpaul not out 1
Extras (nb6) 6
TOTAL (3 wkts) 49
N. Deonarine, +C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy (captain), S. Shillingford, K. Roach, F. Edwards to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Brathwaite), 2-26 (Brathwaite), 3-38 (Powell)
Bowling: Beer 9.3-5-22-1; Hilfenhaus 5-3-12-1; Lyon 8-4-9-0; Pattinson 3-2-6-1 (nb6)
Position: West Indies trail by 262 runs with seven first innings wickets standing
Umpires: M. Erasmus (South Africa), I. Gould (England)
TV umpire: A. Hill (New Zealand)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: J. Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies)