The final day of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean will see the visitors want to quickly eke out the West Indian lower-order to take the series 2-0. Coverage commences at 1.00am AEST.
At one stage though, it looked like the West Indies were on their way to making things tricky for the tourists. Chasing a total of 370 for an improbable win, West Indies had notched up 3/155 with around half hour to the close.
Darren Bravo (45) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (69) were going strong and the stand was already worth 100.
Then Bravo slashed one from Shane Watson to the wicket-keeper and Chanderpaul was dismissed lbw off the last ball of the day to tilt the balance heavily in favour of the batting team.
Earlier, Australia were bowled out quickly on the fourth day, for the addition of only 59. Shane Shillingford became the first spinner to take a 10-for since Lance Gibbs did that for the West Indies in 1966, but West Indies were left a monumental chase.
Things quickly turned nasty for the home side as Adrian Barath flicked to the square-leg fielder, Ed Cowan, who dived and pulled off a ripper single-handed catch.
16 overs into the innings and with only 28 on the board, Brathwaite was dismissed by Clarke, who returned to take the wicket of Kieran Powell as well. West Indies were 3/45 and sinking.
Chanderpaul joined Bravo and steadied the ship, and in the process became the second West Indian to score 10,000 Test match runs.
For a while when they were at the crease, we were looking at an exciting fifth day’s play, but the dismissal of both the set batsmen makes the target of the remaining 197 runs improbable.
We will bring you the coverage throughout this third Test match of the series between West Indies and Australia from Dominica and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds from 1.00am AEST.