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Rain, Australia dampens West Indies progress

Rain, Australia dampens West Indies progress
Kraigg Brathwaite scored 85 for West Indies on the first day.
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West Indies 207-6 (Brathwaite 85) v Australia 
Third Test, Sydney, day one

Despite a steady knock of 85 from Kraigg Brathwaite, Australia bounced back with late wickets to restrict West Indies to 207 for six at stumps on a rain marred day one of the third Test in Sydney.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first on a track which looked good for batting. Both teams had one change each with Steve O'Keefe replacing the injured Peter Siddle while Shai Hope was drafted for Rajendra Chandrika in the West Indies side.

Both Kraigg (85) and Hope (9) looked confident in the initial overs scoring 13 runs from the first four overs.

However, Josh Hazlewood (1-35), who went wicketless in the previous game provided the initial breakthrough for Australia when he had Hope edged one to the wicket-keeper.

Kraigg brought the first boundary of the game in the seventh over while Darren Bravo (33) struck back to back boundaries in the 11th over off James Pattinson (1-41).West Indies reached the 50-run mark in the 19th over.

The boundaries kept coming as the pair capitalised on the loose deliveries, soon bringing the 50-run partnership.

Just at the stroke of lunch, Kraigg reached his half-century as West Indies ended the first session at 92 for one in 32 overs.

Three overs into the third session, Bravo was undone by a short-pitch delivery from Pattinson, which the left-hander hooked blindly to Usman Khawaja at deep square leg, ending the 91-run stand with Kraigg.

Desperately needing some runs, Marlon Samuels (4) joined Kraigg and he looked very nervous out in the middle.

Australia had a control of the run-rate as they conceded just 23 runs in the nine overs in the second session.

The pressure eventually got the better of Samuels when he set for a single to which he did not get a proper response from his partner, Kraigg, eventually ending up run out at the strikers end.

Immediately after the wicket of Samuels, heavy rains lashed out at the Sydney Cricket Ground leaving West Indies stranded at 115 for three from 41.3 overs.

After an early tea taken, the play resumed at 4pm local time.

Jermaine Blackwood (10) struck a couple of boundaries to keep going but he was soon castled by Nathan Lyon (2-68) while trying to leave a delivery. West Indies were 131 for four at that stage.

The rain returned again after Kraigg and Denesh Ramdin (23 not out) added an unbeaten 13-run stand. 

After a 45-minute break in the game, the action resumed. Lyon's consistency paid dividends as he had Kraigg caught at first slip, 15 short of a well deserved century. It was also the off-spinner's 100th Test wicket in Australia. 

A couple of overs later Stephen O'Keefe (1-42) had Jason Holder (1) caught brilliantly at short leg by Joe Burns to bring his first wicket at home. West Indies were restricted to 159 for six.

Carlos Brathwaite (35 not out) struck four boundaries and two sixes as he and Ramdin ensured West Indies ended the day at 207for six in the 75 overs of play that was possible.

For Australia, Lyon picked up two wickets while Hazlewood, Pattinson and O'Keefe picked a wicket apiece. 

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