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Australia pile on the runs after Bravo, Brathwaite fightback

Australia pile on the runs after Bravo, Brathwaite fightback
Darren Bravo added 90 runs for the seventh wicket with Carlos Brathwaite to rescue West Indies in the first innings.
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Australia 551-3 dec & 179-3 (Smith 70no) v
West Indies 271 (Bravo 81)
Second Test, Melbourne, day three

Australia took their lead to 459 runs with seven wickets in hand at stumps on day three after a spirited fightback led by Darren Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite helped West Indies post 271 in their first innings of the second Test in Adelaide. 

West Indies resumed batting at their overnight score of 91 for six. Five overs into the day’s play, James Pattinson (4-72) managed to castle Carlos (59), but replays indicated that the bowler had overstepped the crease.

After that, Brathwaite and Bravo (81) played cautiously to rebuild the West Indies innings and soon brought up the fifty-run stand.

After hitting a four and a six, Brathwaite completed a fifty which took him 93 balls. A few overs later, Brathwaite pulled at a short delivery from Pattinson and was caught at fine leg.

Much to the dismay of the Australians, Pattinson had bowled another big no ball giving Brathwaite a second reprieve.

The pair added 90 runs for the seventh wicket before Brathwaite chipped a return catch back to Nathan Lyon (4-66) right at the brink of the lunch break. West Indies were positioned at 173 for seven at the end of first session.

After lunch, Bravo and Kemar Roach (22) put on a 42-run stand which helped West Indies cross the 200-run mark.

With a cut past covers, Bravo completed a patient fifty which held the West Indies innings together.

Roach’s resistance came to an end when Pattinson trapped him lbw in the 84th over. Jerome Taylor (15) struck two boundaries but was eventually caught behind off Lyon.

Bravo continued his lone fight at one end and was the last man to fall, edging a Pattinson delivery to gully. West Indies were bowled out for 271 runs with a deficit of 280 runs.

Pattinson and Lyon had four wickets each while Siddle took two. Australia decided not to enforce the follow on and batted again.

Joe Burns (4) got off the mark with a boundary in the first over, but edged to the fielder at the second slip in the next over off Jason Holder (2-49).

Usman Khawaja (56) started positively with three boundaries in as many overs. Australia reached 46 for one in 10 overs.

David Warner (17) attempted to upper cut Carlos (1-30) but was only able to angle it straight into the hands of Holder in the slip cordon. It was the first Test wicket for Carlos.

Steven Smith (70 not out) continued from where he left in the first innings and soon added a 50-run stand with Khawaja as Australia reached the 100-run mark in 19 overs.

Khawaja reached his fifty off 56 deliveries but in the very next over was caught behind off Holder.

Smith reached his fifty with a strike-rate close to 100 with five boundaries included in it. Australia ended the day at 179 for three, leading West Indies by 459 runs with seven wickets in hand.

© Cricket World 2015