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West Indies in deep trouble after Smith, Voges centuries

West Indies in deep trouble after Smith, Voges centuries
Adam Voges (left) and Steven Smith (right) added an unbeaten 223 runs for the fourth wicket in the first Test in Melbourne.
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Australia 551-3 dec (Khawaja 144) v
West Indies 91-6 (Lyon 2-18)
Second Test, Melbourne, day two

Australian bowlers dented the West Indies batting lineup, restricting them to 91 for six at stumps on day two after Steven Smith and Adam Voges completed centuries to take Australia to 551 for three in the first innings of the second Test in Melbourne. 

Australia resumed their innings at the overnight score of 345 for three.

Smith (134 not out) and Voges (106 not out) hardly faced any trouble negotiating the West Indies bowling attack early in the day.

Smith completed his fifty in the 103rd over, taking 86-balls to reach the landmark. In just over an hour, the duo took the Australian score past the 400-run mark.

West Indies struggled to put pressure on Australia with the runs coming at a steady pace. Voges struck a boundary to bring up his own fifty and also the 100-run stand with Smith.

Australia piled on 128 runs in the first session to push the score to 473 for three at lunch.

Early in the second session, Voges became only the third player to score more than 1000 in their debut year.

It was not long before Smith brought up his 13th Test hundred in the 128th over. In the same over, the Australian total also went past the 500-run mark.

Four overs after Smith’s hundred, Voges struck a boundary off Kemar Roach (0-97) to bring up his own century.

It was only the third instance of four batsmen in the top five scoring hundreds in a Test innings. After scoring 551 for three in 135 overs, Australia declared with an hour left in the second session.

Jerome Taylor (2-97) and Kraigg Brathwaite (1-78) were the only wicket-takers in the innings while Jason Holder (0-47) proved to be the most economical once again.

West Indies successfully negotiated the 13 overs before tea, reaching 33 for naught.

West Indies collapsed and have almost surrendered the game in the final session having lost six wickets while scoring only 58 runs.

Nathan Lyon (2-18) provided the initial breakthrough after Kraigg (17) edged one to the short leg fielder.

Rajendra Chandrika (25) alongwith Darren Bravo (13 not out) added just 15 runs from 52 deliveries for the second wicket.

However, James Pattinson (2-36) struck twice in two overs to halt the West Indies progress. Chandrika was adjudged lbw in the 24th over, he went for a review but the on-field decision remained.

Samuels was Pattinson's second victim after he was trapped plumb in front as West Indies were reeling at 50 for three.

After a brief resistance from Jermaine Blackwood (28), Lyon dismissed him after deceiving him with the spin, ending up taking a simple return catch.

Peter Siddle (2-19) capped a fantastic day for Australia with two wickets off successive deliveries removing both Denesh Ramdin (0) and Jason Holder (0).

Carlos Brathwaite (3 not out) successfully negotiated the hatrick delivery as West Indies ended the day at 91 for six, still trailing Australia by 460 runs.

For Australia Lyon, Siddle and Pattinson accounted for two wickets each. With a massive lead in hand, Australia might once again enforce the follow on on West Indies.

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