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HIGHLIGHTS: West Indies 6/207 after rain interrupts Day 1 at the SCG

Kraigg Braithwaite is helping drag the Windies back to a level of respectability. (AFP / Robyn Beck)
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3rd January, 2016
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The West Indies finished the first day of the Test at the SCG at 6/207 after rain interrupted play in the afternoon.

They made a solid start to the day and looked like they might hold out for a significant innings total early on as opener Kraigg Brathwaite put together a quality knock.

His opening partner Shai Hope was the first wicket to fall and early too, going for nine runs off seventeen balls, but Brathwaite then made a productive partnership with his replacement Darren Bravo.

Brathwaite and Bravo put together 89 runs before Bravo became the second wicket to fall, and after that Brathwaite worked alongside short-lived partners Marlon Samuels (4) and Jermaine Blackwood (10).

Brathwaite then became the West Indies’ fifth wicket gone, falling short of a century but at least putting together a solid total of 85 off 174 balls.

Jason Holder fell a few balls after, leaving the West Indies with six gone for 159 and looking in dire straits, but new batsmen Denesh Ramdin and Carlos Brathwaite closed out the day with an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs, so far.

The day was shortened to 75 overs due to a rain interruption in the afternoon.

Nathan Lyon was Australia’s most active bowler and took two wickets for the day, those of Blackwood and Kraigg Brathwaite. Steve O’Keefe celebrated his return to the Test team by taking the wicket of Jason Holder.

A slow and steady batting approach has allowed the West Indies to last out the day in their innings but not to build a stronger score. While this innings will last longer than any of their prior ones, they’re still 75 runs short of their best total from this series.

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With rain becoming a concern however their ability to stay at the crease could prove to be a headache for Australia in the coming days.

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