Rain Has Final Say As Australia And West Indies Draw

Rain Has Final Say As Australia And West Indies Draw
Rain Has Final Say As Australia And West Indies Draw
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Australia 313 (Hussey 73) & 160-8 declared drew with
West Indies 257 (Chanderpaul 94) & 53-2
Second Test, Trinidad
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The second Test between the West Indies and Australia ended in a draw as rain prevented the two sides playing to a finish in Trinidad.

The West Indie swere 53 for two having been set 215 to win in 61 overs when play was called off, leaving Australia 1-0 up with one match to play.

Australia began the day on 73 for three in their second innings and were unable to score the quick runs they might have liked to push clear and eventually declared on 160 for eight.

Ricky Ponting top scored with 41 in 85 balls, Matthew Wade was unbeaten on 31 and Michael Hussey hit 24.

Man-of-the-match Kemar Roach continued to inconvenience the tourists, taking the wickets of Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus (0) to return five for 41 and a ten-wicket haul in the match.

His pace-bowling partner Fidel Edwards had Ponting caught by Kieran Powell while Shane Shillingford had Nathan Lyon caught by Darren Sammy for three before Australia declared.

The West Indies shuffled their batting order, opening with Adrian Barath and Powell as they looked to chase down their target and get back into the series.

And despite Hilfenhaus striking twice to remove both men, for five and four respectively, they continued the charge, Sammy hitting 30 not out in 26 balls and Darren Bravo making his way to eight in 21 before they were curtailed.

Hilfenhaus finished with two for 22.

Rain hampered the match although the bowlers were mostly on top - only four batsmen registered half-centuries during the match - Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine.

Australia won the opening Test in Barbados by three wickets.

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