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West Indies struggle despite Bravo's resistance

West Indies struggle despite Bravo's resistance
Adam Voges scored an unbeaten 269 runs from just 285 deliveries for Australia in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies in Hobart.
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Australia 583-4 dec (Voges 269no) v
West Indies 207-6 (Bravo 94no)
First Test, Hobart, day two

Darren Bravo scored an unbeaten 94 but West Indies find themselves in deep trouble at 207 for six at stumps on day two of the first Test in Hobart trailing Australia by 376 runs in the first innings. 

Australia started the day with the overnight score of 438 for three. Voges (269 not out) started the proceedings with a boundary in the second over and was soon rewarded with a five-run overthrow in the same over.

Soon, Voges and Marsh (182) brought the highest fourth wicket partnership for Australia against West Indies which is 337.

Voges brought up his double century off just 225 deliveries while Marsh brought his 150 in 227 balls.

Voges got struck into Kemar Roach (0-99) in the 103rd over hitting him for three consecutive boundaries.

The introduction of the left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (3-158) played into Australian hands as both Voges and Marsh plundered him for six boundaries and a six combined in his first two overs.

The Western Australian pair brought the 400-run stand in the process and very soon went on to notch the world record for the highest fourth-wicket stand (438) surpassing Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera.

Warrican finally ended the 449-run stand after Marsh holed out to deep mid-wicket in search of quick runs, missing out on a well deserved double century.

A couple of boundaries from Voges took Australia to 583 for four at the end of the first session following which they decided to declare the innings.

Voges 285-ball unbeaten knock came at an astonishing strike rate of 94.38 with 33 boundaries included in it.

Jason Holder (0-78) was the most economical bowler for West Indies while Warrican accounted for three wickets while conceding 158 runs.

West Indies started their innings cautiously moving to 16 for naught at the end of eight overs.

However, Josh Hazlewood (2-43) got the better of Kraigg Brathwaite (2) trapping him lbw. Brathwaite went for a review but the impact was umpire's call ending his stay at the crease.

A 41-run stand between Rajendra Chandrika (25) and Bravo (94 not out) steadied the innings, but Nathan Lyon (3-43) struck thrice to peg West Indies back.

First, he had Chandrika caught at first slip and then took a superb return catch to dismiss Marlon Samuels (9). Jermaine Blackwood (0) edged one to the short leg fielder as West Indies went into tea at 81 for four.

The third session was delayed by a few minutes with light showers at the Bellerive Oval. Third over into the final session, Hazlewood had Denesh Ramdin (8) castled.

Bravo upped the ante with a couple of boundaries in the 39th over off James Pattinson (0-68).

The very next over, Peter Siddle (1-22) trapped Holder (15) lbw. The West Indian captain decided not to review the decision, but the replays indicated that the ball was missing the leg stump.

Bravo reached his half-century in 106 deliveries and giving him company was Roach (31 not out) as the pair kept the Australian bowlers at bay denying further wickets in the day.

The unbeaten 97-run stand between Roach and Bravo ensured West Indies ended the day at 207 for six in 65 overs, still trailing Australia by 376 runs.

Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers with three wickets while Hazlewood managed to pick a couple.

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