The first West Indies vs Australia Test has come to an end sooner than expected on the 3rd day itself! Such were the conditions at the Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica that both teams could hardly bat an entire day out. Nevertheless, the result was in Australia’s favour as they bowled the Windies out for 216 in the 2nd innings and chased down 47 runs in 5 overs to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
Australia get early wicket in morning session; Samuels, Dowrich weather the storm
West Indies had ended day 2 on 25/2 with Darren Bravo and Shane Dowrich at the crease. The visitors had an ideal start to day 3 of the West Indies vs Australia Test as Josh Hazlewood picked up the wicket of Darren Bravo (5) early in the first session. Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels then staged a marathon effort and threatened to take the game away from the visitors’ hands. They batted for almost two sessions and forged a 144-run partnership in 49.5 overs to take the lead.
Just when it seemed like the match was going into day 4, Hazlewood struck once again to give the breakthrough for the Aussies. Dowrich failed to execute his flick well and ended up handing a simple catch to Shane Watson at short mid-on, thus ending his valiant effort of 70 from 185 balls.
WI collapse after Dowrich wicket, Starc cleans up the tail
Shane Dowrich’s dismissal could be rightly termed as a ‘beginning of the end’ as West Indies lost their last six wickets for just 27 runs. Jermaine Blackwood (12) was stumped off Nathan Lyon’s bowling. Marlon Samuels (74 off 184) was dismissed next as he hooked a short-pitched delivery from Mitchell Johnson but only as far as Mitchell Starc at deep backward square-leg.
All hopes of the home side were dashed as the tailenders too failed to put up a fight. Starc ripped through the lower-order and West Indies folded for a mere 216 in their 2nd innings, thus setting a 47-run target for Australia. Mitchell Starc emerged the best bowler of the day with his figures of 18-7-28-4.
Warner, Marsh chase the target inside 5 overs
David Warner was in no mood to take the match to the next day as he pulled Jerome Taylor for a six in the first over and hit another one over the fence in the next over bowled by Shannon Gabriel. He won the match for Australia with a quickfire 28 from 20 balls but was caught at first slip off Taylor’s bowling. Steve Smith scored the rest of the runs needed for victory and Australia registered a convincing 9-wicket victory. Adam Voges was named man of the match for his century on debut.
Match Summary: West Indies vs Australia 1st test
West Indies 148 and 216 (Marlon Samuels 74, Shane Dowrich 70, Mitchell Starc 4-28) lost to Australia 318 and 47-1 (David Warner 28, Shaun Marsh 13*, Jerome Taylor 1-22) by 9 wickets.