Friday 27 April 2012 

Australia Complete Series Victory With 75-Run Win

Australia Complete Series Victory With 75-Run Win
Australia Complete Series Victory With 75-Run Win
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Australia 328 (Wade 106) & 259 beat
West Indies 218 & 294 by 75 runs
Third Test, Dominica
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Australia ended brave resistance from the West Indies to win the third and final Test in Dominica by 75 runs and claim a 2-0 series win in the process.

Set 370 to win, the West Indies resumed on 173 for five and despite a battling half-century from captain Darren Sammy, were dismissed for 294 in their second innings.

Australia captain Michael Clarke returned figures of five for 86 and it was off-spinner Nathan Lyon who took the final wicket of Sammy, the last man to fall for 61 in 51 balls.

The West Indies added just seven runs on the day before Narsingh Deonarine was caught and bowled by Clarke for 13, after the third umpire deliberated for some time over whether the ball had carried back to the bowler

Next to go was Carlton Baugh, who was caught by Ricky Ponting off Lyon for 12 and Kemar Roach was next to go, caught by Clarke off Lyon as Australia looked to be heading to a quick victory.

However, Sammy smacked four fours and three sixes and Ravi Rampaul made a quickfire 11 but their partnership was broken when Clarke had Rampaul caught by David Warner.

Sammy then added 49 runs for the final wicket with Shane Shillingford, who scored an unbeaten 31 in 46 balls, an innings that included six fours.

There was to be no stopping Australia, however, and they followed up a three-wicket win in Barbados and a draw in Trinidad with this comprehensive triumph.

Matthew Wade's maiden Test century earlier in the game had given Australia the springboard to put the West Indies under pressure and the late dismissal on day four of Shivnarine Chanderpal - who had earlier become the tenth man to reach 10,000 Test runs, swung the game decisively in their favour.

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