Sunday 15 June 2008 

West Indies Leave Themselves 240 For Unlikely Win

Chasing a world record score of 475 to win the third and final Test against Australia, West Indies closed day four on 235 for three, still 240 short of an unlikely victory.

They were set that target when Australia declared their second innings on 439 for five.

By tea, the West Indies had already lost the wicket of Chris Gayle for 26 but a half-century from Xavier Marshall, whose 85 from 146 balls was also his best first-class score showed the Australians that the home side would not be giving in easily.

The young Jamaican hit 12 fours and a six before he became Beau Casson's first Test wicket, offering a catch to Phil Jaques.

He had added 95 with vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan but that stand was broken when Sarwan was trapped in front by Michael Clarke for 43.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, as ever, holds the key and he was unbeaten overnight with 27 while Dwayne Bravo had 30.

Gayle and Marshall added 64 runs for the first wicket before Gayle was caught by Brett Lee off of Stuart Clark.

The morning session saw Simon Katich dismissed for a Test-best 157, along with Andrew Symonds who departed for two.

In all, Katich faced 332 deliveries and hit 14 fours before he was caught by substitute Darren Sammy off off Sulieman Benn, who in his next over had Symonds caught by Chanderpaul.

However, with Brad Haddin (45) and Michael Clarke (48) unbeaten at lunch, the West Indies were still under pressure after they replied to Australia's first innings score of 251 with 216.

Australia lead the series 1-0.

Graham Wilson
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