A brilliant knock of 199 from batsman Steve Smith and collective effort from the bowlers saw Australia register a comfortable 277-run victory in the 2nd Test match against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. With this win, the Aussies completed a 2-0 whitewash and comfortably retained the Frank Worrell Trophy. Chasing 392 for victory, West Indies fell prey to the relentless Australian bowling attack and folded for a mere 114 in 41.1 overs. Let us have a look at the day-wise progress of the match:
Day 1: Steve Smith delivers masterclass
West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Opening batsmen David Warner (0) and Shaun Marsh (11) were sent back early in the innings by speedster Jerome Taylor. Skipper Michael Clarke then joined hands with Steve Smith to bail the team out with a 118-run stand. The partnership was broken by Jason Holder who had Clarke (47) caught behind.
Steve Smith continued to bat confidently and was supported well by Adam Voges at the other end. The centurion from the first test failed to make a big score as he edged one to Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps off Jerome Taylor’s bowling in the final session. Steve Smith brought up his century soon after and Australia ended the day at 258/4.
Stumps day 1: Australia 258/4- Steve Smith 135*, Shane Watson 20*
Day 2: An agonizing 199 for Steve Smith, Aussie bowlers floor West Indies
Watson(25) made his way back to the pavilion early in the day after being clean bowled by Taylor. Brad Haddin too departed in the same fashion after a quick cameo of 22 from 23 balls. As wickets continued to fall at one end, Steve Smith remained firm and completed his 150 and looked set for a double.
However, Smith fell just short of his maiden double hundred by one run as he was trapped leg-before by Taylor. Australia were bowled out for 399 and Taylor ended the innings as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 6/47.
West Indies face follow-on threat after being reduced to 143/8
The home side were welcomed with some hostile pace bowling from Mitchell Starc. The left-arm seamer dismissed debutant Rajindra Chandrika for nought and caused all sorts of trouble for the batsmen at the crease. Michael Clarke brought in off-spinner Nathan Lyon early in the innings and the move paid off as he bagged the wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite (4) and Darren Bravo (14).
West Indies were 25/3 and at this stage, Clarke bowled Josh Hazlewood from the other end to add more fire to the attack. The seamer scalped Shane Dowrich (13) early in his spell and Lyon got rid of Shai Hope to reduce the hosts for 77/5. Jermaine Blackwood tired to hold the innings together with a fighting half-century but Hazlewood had him caught at mid-off and West Indies were in all sorts of trouble. The scorecard read 143/8 at close of play.
Stumps Day 2: West Indies 143/8- Jason Holder 13*
Day 3: WI avoid follow-on, Australia make bold declaration
With 57 more runs needed to avoid the follow-on and with only 2 wickets in hand, Jason Holder launched a counter-attack on the Australian bowlers with some brave but audacious shots, Kemar Roach at the other end stood firm, guarding his stumps. Holder scored 82 off just 63 balls and was successful in avoiding the follow-on. Holder added 77 runs for the ninth wicket along with Roach and accounted for 69 of those runs. Eventually Hazlewood bagged the last two wickets in the space of just three balls to close the West Indies’ innings at 220. He also completed his 5-wicket haul in this process.
Warner, Marsh and Smith score fifties to set 392-run target
David Warner and Shaun Marsh walked into the middle to build on the lead and got off to a promising start. The duo dealt with the quicker bowlers and spinners with patience and composure and this was the phase where the home side must have probably missed the services of leggie Devendra Bishoo.
117 runs were added for the 1st wicket before Warner (62) became the first man to be dismissed after he edged one to the keeper. Marsh too followed him after scoring a well-composed 69. Steve Smith and Michael Clarke took charge of the innings and the former carried on from where he had left. His 83-ball 54* helped Australia get past the 200-run mark and then came a surprisingly quick declaration at 212/2, thereby setting a target of 392 for West Indies with two full days left to play.
Starc pulls off double to send early shocks in the WI camp
Chandrika’s forgettable test debut came to an end as he fell for another duck and was dismissed by the same bowler Mitchell Starc in the very first over. Kraigg Brathwaite (0) too was clean bowled in the same over. Darren Bravo and Shane Dowrich batted out the remaining overs with caution and Australia were in the driver’s seat and looked set to bowl the home side out in the following day.
Stumps Day 3: West Indies 16/2 (Bravo 8, Dowrich 1)
Day 4: Bowlers wrap up West Indies for 114 to register 277-run win
West Indies needed 376 runs in 180 overs with 8 wickets in hand and it would have required great focus and patience to achieve this target. But as was the case throughout the test match, it was Australia that dominated on day 4.
Wickets kept falling like bowling pins and none of the batsmen could make a substantial contribution. By lunch, the hosts were 72/7 with Denesh Ramdin being the only ray of hope. In the post-lunch session, the Aussies did not waste much time and bowled their opponents out for a paltry total of 114. Steve Smith was adjudged the man of the match for his 199. Josh Hazlewood, who finished with 12 wickets in 2 Tests was named the man of the series.
Australia 399 and 212/2 decl. beat West Indies 220 and 114 by 277 runs