A brilliant hundred by debutant Adam Voges saw Australia take an important 170-run lead in the 1st innings at Dominica. Batting overnight on 20, Voges held his end firmly while wickets fell at regular intervals. The century by the debutant propelled the visitors to a respectable total of 318, with help from some handy contributions from Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood lower down the order. At stumps, West Indies were 25/2 and 145 runs behind at stumps.
Devendra Bishoo pins down Australia in the first session:
Australia began the day at 85/3 and were just 63 runs behind. Devendra Bishoo was brought into the attack early in the day. The ploy turned out to be very effective for the home side. Bishoo bagged his 2nd wicket in the 8th over of the day when he got Steve Smith (25) stumped behind. The rest of the middle order fell prey to Bishoo’s leg-spin as Shane Watson (11) and Brad Haddin (8) departed in quick succession.
Mitchell Johnson then joined Adam Voges and guided Australia past the West Indies total with some patient batting. At lunch, Australia were 153/6 and were leading West Indies by 5 runs.
Bishoo bags fifer, Adam Voges scores maiden test hundred:
Adam Voges and Mitchell Johnson added 52 runs for the 7th wicket but the stand was not enough to pull the Australians out of danger. Devendra Bishoo struck twice in a single over as Johnson failed to time a slog-sweep well and was caught at short fine-leg. Two balls later, Mitchell Starc was clean bowled and the visitors were reduced to 178/8. Bishoo completed a 6-wicket haul for the first time in his career and also claimed his 50th Test wicket.
Tailenders, Voges propel Australia past 300
Nathan Lyon walked in at no. 10 and the best way to get Australia out of trouble was by attacking. Adam Voges began to take on the fast bowlers and scored a boundary every over. Lyon played his part well for some time as he managed to rotate the strike. He was trapped leg before by Shannon Gabriel on 22 after adding 43 runs for the ninth wicket along with Adam Voges.
Josh Hazlewood and Adam Voges pushed the score forward even as the West Indian skipper was done trying all his bowling resources. The Aussies counter-attacked and Voges went on to become the oldest player to score a Test hundred on debut. He got to his hundred off 187 balls and the entire Australian dressing room was on its feet. It was a brilliant knock under pressure on a bowler-friendly track.
The tenth wicket partnership also saw Australia get past the 300-run mark and further extended the lead to 170 runs. Part-time bowler Marlon Samuels finally dismissed Hazlewood, after he had scored 39 off 87 balls and more importantly he had contributed to a 97-run stand for the last wicket along with Adam Voges. The debutant remained unbeaten on 130 and led the players back to the hut.
Devendra Bishoo was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with career-best figures of 33-10-80-6.
West Indies openers fail, Australia gain upper hand:
After a heroic batting effort from Adam Voges, it was the bowlers’ turn to impress. Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite walked in to bat once again for West Indies. They were welcomed with quality pace bowling from the Australian trio of Johnson, Starc and Hazlewood. Shai Hope was the first man to depart as he edged Mitchell Johnson’s short delivery to Michael Clarke. Clarke dived in front of first slip to collect an excellent catch. Brathwaite (15) managed to get a start but was castled on the very next ball by Mitchell Starc. Darren Bravo and Shane Dowrich batted through the remaining overs. West Indies were 25/2 at close of play and from a position of parity the hosts are now facing an uphill task to save the match.
Match summary- day 2:
Australia (overnight 85/3) 318 all out (Adam Voges 130*, Josh Hazlewood 39, Devendra Bishoo 6-80)
West Indies 148 and 25/2 (Kraigg Brathwaite 15, Mitchell Starc 1-6)
West Indies are 145 runs behind with 8 wickets remaining.