Australia romp to victory over sorry West Indies

Australia defeated West Indies by nine wicket victory just before stumps

Roseau: Australia completed a comprehensive nine-wicket victory just before stumps on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica on Friday after the home side’s second innings resistance crumbled. A 144-run fourth-wicket partnership between Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels frustrated the visitors, who led after the first innings by 170 runs.

However Dowrich’s dismissal for a well-played 70 ten minutes before the tea interval triggered the collapse which saw the last seven wickets tumbling for 35 runs and the West Indies sliding from 181 for three to 216 all out. Mitchell Starc led the rout with four wickets, the last two off successive deliveries with the second new ball.

Needing just 47 runs for victory, Australia wasted no time in knocking off the runs in gathering gloom in just five overs for the loss of the rampant David Warner, who plastered 28 off 20 deliveries before falling to Jerome Taylor.In his first Test match, Dowrich’s defiant knock in over four hours at the crease was an admirable effort given the state of the match.


West Indies (1st Innings): 148
Australia (1st Innings): 318
West Indies (2nd Innings): K. Brathwaite b Starc 15, S. Hope c Clarke b Johnson 2, D. Bravo c Warner b Hazlewood 5, S. Dowrich c Watson b Hazlewood 70, M. Samuels c Starc b Johnson 74, J. Blackwood stpd wkpr Haddin b Lyon 12, D. Ramdin b Lyon 3,J. Holder (not out) 12, J. Taylor lbw Starc 0, D. Bishoo b Starc 1, S. Gabriel b Starc 0. Extras (b-11, lb-10, w-1) 22. Total (in 86 overs) 216.
FoW: 1-21, 2-21, 3-37, 4-181, 5-198, 6-198, 7-206, 8-206, 9-216.
Bowling: Johnson 15-3-38-2, Starc 18-7-28-4, Hazlewood 16-7-17-2, Lyon 24-7-67-2, Smith 2-0-16-0, Watson 7-3-6-0, Voges 2-0-15-0, Clarke 2-0-8-0.
Australia (2nd Innings): D. Warner c Bravo b Taylor 28, S. Marsh (not out) 13, S. Smith (not out) 5. Extras (nb-1) 1. Total (in 5 overs for one wicket) 47.
FoW: 1-42.
Bowling: Taylor 3-0-22-1, Gabriel 2-0-25-0

( Source : AFP )
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