Late Wickets Hand Australia Initiative In Final Test

Late Wickets Hand Australia Initiative In Final Test
Late Wickets Hand Australia Initiative In Final Test
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Australia 328 & 259 (Ponting 57) v
West Indies 218 & 173-5 (Chanderpaul 69)
Third Test, Dominica, day four
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Australia head into the final day of the Test series against the West Indies needing five wickets to clinch victory in Trinidad after they removed Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul late on.

Set 370 to win, Bravo (45) and Chanderpaul (69) put on 110 for the fourth wicket but their dismissals put Australia back in the driving seat.

The tourists were bowled out for 259 in their second innings as the West Indies started the day strongly, but they lost Adrian Barath before tea, before launching a fightback that was curtailed as it was Australia that closed the stronger.

Shane Shillingford became the first West Indian spinner to take ten wickets in a Test since 1966 with his haul of four for 100 while Kemar Roach took three for 40 and Narsingh Deonarine three for 45 as spin proved effective.

It was a lesson taken on board by Australia, who after Ben Hilfenhaus had nipped out Barath without scoring, operated with Nathan Lyon and Michael Clarke, with the Australian captain grabbing the wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite (14) and Kieran Powell (24).

Then Bravo and Chanderpaul mounted their resistance but just as it looked as if they would bat through the rest of the day, Bravo edged Shane Watson to Matthew Wade for his well-made 45 in 148 balls.

Chanderpaul, who passed 10,000 Test runs during the course of his 122 balls but he fell when he was trapped in front by Clarke, who finished the day with figures of three for 34.

Australia lead the series 1-0 after a three-wicket win in Barbados and a draw in Trinidad.

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