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Marsh, Lyon bowl Australia to 2-0 series victory

Marsh, Lyon bowl Australia to 2-0 series victory
Nathan Lyon picked up seven wickets in the game.
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Australia 551-3 dec & 179-3 dec (Smith 70no) beat
West Indies 271 & 282 (Holder 68) by 177 runs
Second Test, Melbourne, day four

Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon shared seven wickets between them on the fourth day to dismiss West Indies for 282 in the final innings and ensuring a 177-run victory for Australia in the second Test in Melbourne to claim the series 2-0.

Australia declared on their overnight score setting a target of 460 runs for West Indies.

Kraigg Brathwaite (31) and Rajendra Chandrika (37) started off steadily for West Indies and saw out the first 10 overs without any hiccups.

Kraigg attempted to cut Lyon (3-85) in the 12th over and edged it to Steven Smith (0-5) in the slips.

Chandrika got together with Darren Bravo (21) to put on a 48-run stand for the second wicket to steady the innings. The duo took the team through to lunch with the score at 64 for one.

Four overs into the second session, Peter Siddle (1-35) got a delivery to swing away from Bravo, who only managed to feather an edge to the wicket-keeper.

Australia continued to peg away at the wickets column when James Pattinson (2-49) trapped Chandrika plumb in front.

Just when Marlon Samuels (19) looked like he was settling down, he was caught behind off Marsh (4-61) in the 51st over. At tea, West Indies managed to reach 146 for four.

In the second over of the final session, West Indies lost half their side when Lyon got his second wicket by dismissing Jermaine Blackwood (20) lbw.

Just when Australia sensed a chance to expose the tail, Denesh Ramdin (59) and Jason Holder (68) adopted a counterattacking strategy.

The pair brought up the 50-run stand in just 64 balls and continued to thwart the bowling attack.

Ramdin brought up his half-century with a boundary to mid-wicket and Holder soon followed it up with a fifty of his own two overs later. The 100-run stand between Holder and Ramdin came up in just 125 balls.

However, just in the next delivery Marsh managed to get Ramdin caught behind to leave West Indies six down for 250.

Carlos Brathwaite (2) lasted just four deliveries when Lyon produced a lovely off break that just about nudged the off stump bail.

Australia did not take long to wrap up the innings by dismissing Holder, Kemar Roach (11) and Jerome Taylor (0) in successive overs.

Marsh accounted for Holder and Taylor while Roach fell to Pattinson. West Indies were bowled out for 282 runs in 88.3 overs, succumbing to a 177-run defeat.

This win for Australia gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Frank-Worrell Trophy.

Marsh picked four wickets while Lyon managed three. Pattinson snared two scalps with Siddle having one wicket to his name.

Lyon was adjudged the man of the match for his figures of seven for 151 in the game. The third Test of the series will get underway on 3rd January at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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