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January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHOBAR, Australia (CMC):Darren Bravo is on the verge of a century, leading a courageous fight-back against Australia, who inflicted more misery on West Indies on the second day of their first Test here yesterday.Bravo played with class to be undefeated on 94 as West Indies stumbled to 207 for six after Australia declared their first innings on 583 for four at Bellerive Oval.After another dreadful performance in the field, the visitors put on a woeful batting display, capitulating to 89 for five before a sixth- wicket stand between Bravo and captain Jason Holder carried them past 100.At the close, Kemar Roach on 31 with three fours was providing solid support to Bravo and their stubborn seventh-wicket stand is nine runs shy of a century.Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh put on 449, the highest fourth-wicket stand in Test history after Australia resumed from their overnight score of 438 for three.Voges, who resumed on 174, finished unbeaten on 269 after Steven Smith declared the innings closed during the lunch break.He scored 33 fours, no sixes, and ended the day with a Test batting average of 76.83, second only to Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman.Jomel Warrican broke thestand by removing Marsh to finish with three wickets for 158runs.Marsh, 139 overnight, was caught by Bravo for 182 after sweeping to deep midwicket.West Indies endured a disastrous start to their first innings, losing four wickets in their first session after Josh Hazlewood trapped Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 2 from 26 deliveries.Nathan Lyon claimed three for 43, including six maidens, with his spin attack to undermine the West Indies middle order, while Hazlewood picked up two for 43.SCOREBOARDAUSTRALIA 1st inningsA. Voges not out 269S. Marsh c Bravo b Warrican 182M. Marsh not out 1Extras (b4, lb3, w3, nb14) 24Total (4 wkts, 114 overs) 538Did not bat: +P Nevill, P Siddle, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Burns), 2-104 (Smith), 3-121 (Warner), 4-570 (S March)Bowling: Taylor 17-0-108-0 (w1, nb2), Roach 16-1-99-0 (w1, nb4), Gabriel 10-1-59-1 (nb4), Holder 24-3-75-0 (1w, nb4), Warrican 28-1-158-3, Brathwaite 13-0-52-0, Blackwood 6-0-25-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite lbw Hazlewood 2R. Chandrika c Smith b Lyon 25D.M. Bravo not out 94M. Samuels c&b Lyon 9J. Blackwood c Burns b Lyon 0D. Ramdin b Hazlewood 8J. Holder lbw b Siddle 15K. Roach not out 31Extras: (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23Total: (6 wickets; 65 overs) 207To Bat: J Taylor, J Warrican, S GabrielFall of wickets: 1-17(Brathwaite),2-58(Chandrika),3-78(Samuels),4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder)Bowling: Hazlewood 16-4-43-2,Pattinson 15-0-68-0, Siddle 12-5-22-1,Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0.Toss: Australia.last_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Indies’ dim hopes of qualifying to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals officialy came to an end as they slumped to a 125-run defeat to India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. West Indies Jason Holder held an uninspiring batting performance for the cause of the massive defeat.West Indies produced a disciplined show with the ball as their seam bowlers picked crucial wickets in the middle overs to give India reality check of existential dread surrounding their middle order. The bowlers were successful in restricting India to an achieveable total of 268.However, chasing the total, the West Indies big-hitters crumbled soon in frustration as a fiery India bowling unit did not give them much chance to score big. As a result, the carribean side were bundled out with more than 15 overs remaining in the game.”Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us,” Jason Holder said in a post match interview.”Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.”Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, West Indies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt. Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran looked to put their team on the road to recovery but Hardik Pandya dismissed Ambris to trigger a typical West Indies collapse.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Fan edits third umpire’s Wikipedia after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissalAlso Seelast_img read more