West Indies vs Australia 1st Test, Day 3: Cricket live scores, commentary

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    West Indies v Australia

    KENSINGTON OVAL, APRIL 7-11, 2012

    1st Test - WIN v AUS

     
    West Indies 1st Inn 9/449
    Australia 1st Inn 9/406
    West Indies 2nd Inn 148 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 7/192
    West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
    Australia won by 3 wickets
    Australia Over:47.0  RR:4.09
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    RJ Harris 4 4 0 0 100.00
    BW Hilfenhaus* 2 3 0 0 66.67
    West Indies
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    KAJ Roach* 12.0 0 45 2 3.75
    N Deonarine 11.0 1 53 4 4.82
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    Last Wicket: Hussey, 32 (BWD:Roach)
    Current Partnership: 3 runs, 5 balls, RR:60.00

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    A crucial third day’s play in the Barbados Test match between West Indies and Australia could allow one or the other team to take control of the game and it begins at midnight AEST on Monday.

    A 25th Test match century from Shivanrine Chanderpaul and some vital lower-order partnerships with the likes of Darren Sammy and Kemar Roach helped West Indies compile 449 in their first innings. They further threw the challenge by declaring their innings closed, with a wicket standing.

    It was another day of grind and Chanderpaul excelled in that situation as he normally does. After having begun positively at the start of the day, he went into his defensive mode but he was allowed to do that as the batsmen around him managed to spank some away.

    Narsingh Deonarine scored 21 from 30, Carlton Baugh made 22 off 39 and then Darren Sammy threw caution to the wind with a 36-ball 41 that took the wind off the Australian bowling.

    Australia tried eight bowlers, including Dave Warner and Michael Hussey, with the former even getting two wickets with long-hops disguised as leg-spinners.

    Ryan Harris got another two while Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle ran up all day with some steam but without too much reward.

    Australia did well to manage 44 runs in their near-10 overs without any wickets down, but their captain has already admitted that an hour of bad cricket can put the team behind.

    Australia’s ambition will be to get as close to West Indies as possible in the next four sessions, which is possible if the visitors can bat positively the whole of third day on what is arguably a relatively easier pitch to bat on.

    And from there on, we could have an exciting finish to the Test match if the rain stays away. Australia have the batting to do that, it will be the matter of concentrating in hot and humid conditions.

    We will bring you the coverage throughout this first Test match of the series between West Indies and Australia from Barbados and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds from 12 midnight AEST.

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    • Roar Guru

      7:32am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 7:32am | ! Report

      The new ball holds the key for the West Indians, while how long Hussey stays there in the middle could define where this Test match is headed. The visitors have a stubborn tail too. Early wickets would put the home side firmly in the driver’s seat.

      Just to remind you once again. Australia are 5/248 in reply to West Indies, who scored 9/449 dec. Hussey still there on 47 runs, Matthew Wade giving him company on 19 runs in a 33 run partnership.

      Join me for the fourth day’s play tommorrow.

      • 4:11pm
        lolly said | 4:11pm | ! Report

        Great to see the Windies looking like a team and playing in a disciplined manner.

    • Roar Guru

      7:21am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 7:21am | ! Report

      Australia fought hard through the day. They had to dig in deep after the early fall of the openers. Watson was scrappy throughout, his farcical run out of Ponting obviously not helping matters. Clarke played a captain’s innings, but would be disappointed to have not gone further. Hussey alongwith Wade had to grind through the last hour, but credit to them for handling the spinners well and coming out unscathed.

    • Roar Guru

      7:16am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 7:16am | ! Report

      Another attritional day of cricket.

      The West Indian bowlers gave a very fine account of themselves today. A performance that would have warmed the cockles of many of the Carribean fans. The pitch did not have much assistance for the bowlers, but Sammy lead the team from the front, getting both the openers with disciplined ‘in the channel’ bowling. Bishoo bowled a top quality spell on either side of the tea break, and his dismissal of Clarke was just reward for the persistence and consistency.

    • Roar Guru

      7:08am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 7:08am | ! Report

      The fourth umpire is on the field. The umpires are having a discussion about the light, and they deem it too dark to continue play. The players walk off. Neither of the two sides would actually mind it.

      This could very well be the end of day’s play.

    • Roar Guru

      7:06am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 7:06am | ! Report

      Fine effort by Fidel Edwards to pull the ball back just short of the boundary line. Keeps the batsmen to three.

      It was a short ball from Bishoo, Wade went back and cut the ball through the third man region. Australia trail by 201 now. Hussey approaching a well fought half century.

    • Roar Guru

      7:03am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 7:03am | ! Report

      Run Out opportunity.

      He doesn’t gather the ball. Susbtitute Kieran Powell at mid off. Replays suggest Wade would have anyways made it to the crease even if he had picked up the ball and got a direct hit.

      5/244. Last half hour of play remains.

    • Roar Guru

      6:56am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:56am | ! Report

      Bishoo ‘Keeps Working’ as the keeper exhorts him to. The two left handers have started getting a lot more comfortable against these two spinners now.

      Sammy might want to think about the new ball. Though much would depend on the existing light conditions there.

      Four runs off the over. 5/243. Drinks onto the field.

    • Roar Guru

      6:52am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:52am | ! Report

      Deonarine bowls another maiden over. Have I said this before?

    • Roar Guru

      6:49am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:49am | ! Report

      FOUR!

      Good use of the crease by Wade. Rocks back to a short ball from Bishoo and pulls to the vacant square boundary. It has been eons since we had a four.

    • Roar Guru

      6:47am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:47am | ! Report

      Wade finally leaves the crease to drive Deonarine to mid off. Takes a quick single to get off strike.

      Two off the over, as the wind picks up and it gets even darker.

      5/234.

    • Roar Guru

      6:44am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:44am | ! Report

      Turn and lot of bounce for Bish. The three fielders close on the leg side wait like vultures to pounce on a half chance. But Wade shows good technique to keep the last two deliveries down.

    • Roar Guru

      6:41am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:41am | ! Report

      Deonarine doing a fine job. One run off the over. The batsmen have shut shop. Just four runs of the last seven overs.

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