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Australian Strong Batting Sends West Indies on Back Foot in Second Test in Melbourne

Australian Strong Batting Sends West Indies on Back Foot in Second Test in Melbourne

December 29
10:17 2015

aus1New Delhi, Tuesday December 29 – Game 2 of the Frank Worrell Trophy is in progress at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The way Australia started in the match against West Indies right from the beginning is praised by the fans. If truth be told then Australia are stronger than West Indies in almost each department of cricket. The actuality might not be easy to digest for West Indies cricket fans but this is something what entire world must be observing at present. Australian cricketers play with complete dedication whenever arrive on the pitch to perform to the best of their abilities.

Four of the Australian batsmen hit centuries in the first innings. This is important in several aspects as the tourists invited the host to bat first post winning the toss. Not making use of the opportunity to put a ceiling on the Aussies’ pace to score runs made West Indies fall in troublesome situation.

When opener David Warner was dismissed early by Jerome Taylor at a score of 23 runs, the visiting squad heaved a sigh of relief as the score was attained in just 12 balls. The talented batsman was playing the Test as if he is batting in limited over game. Five boundaries were hit by him in his short stint on the crease. Many would have thought that there was some scope of West Indies to put pressure but Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja completely nullified it by pocketing tons in brilliant manner.

For second wicket, West Indies had to wait for nearly next 69 overs. Burns was stumped by Denesh Ramdin in Kraigg Brathwaite’s over but before being sent back to the dressing room, the 26-year-old Brisbane boy played a knock of 128 runs off 230 balls, including 16 fours and a six. For third wicket, they did not have to wait for long as they had to do earlier. Khawaja succumbed to Jerome Taylor but, certainly, his dismissal did not bring any difference in Australia’s speed of scoring. It wouldn’t be wrong to say  that his 144-run knock off 227 balls, together with 6 boundaries and a six, helped him cement his place in the Test side.

Steven Smith, the Australian skipper, along with Adam Voges did a good job while batting. Thanks to a great partnership between the two cricketers, the home-side was able to declare innings after putting a total of 551 runs on the scoreboard. Smith was unbeaten at 134 runs (4 x 8) and Voges, the right-handed batsman, at 106 runs (4 x 12). Anything can happen at any point of time in cricket and the rivals were expected to do their bit while batting but hopes died soon after the entire team was back to the pavilion post accumulating 271 runs in 100.3 overs.

Darren Bravo was the leading scorer from West Indies side. He played a knock of 81 runs off 204 deliveries that consisted of eight fours as well. Had James Pattinson not been able to dismiss him, the visitors may probably have piled up some more runs. the openers Kraigg Brathwaite was dismissed at  17 runs while Rajindra Chandrika at 25 runs (4 x 1). Marlon Samuels was given leg before wickets when James Pattinson was back again in action. He was out for a duck. Jermaine Blackwood’s catch was taken by Nathan Lyon while batting at  28 runs off 46 balls, with  four 4s and a biggie. His dismissal was a quick response from Lyon who was bowling the spell.

Both Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper-batsman, and Jason Holder, the West Indies skipper, were put for a duck. Peter Siddle was the man who took their wickets in the first two deliveries of 41st over. Carlos Brathwaite tried to bring things on track to a certain extent. He faced 126 balls to play a knock of 59 runs, which included a couple of 4s and a six. Lyon once again gave Australia a breakthrough.  Kemar Roach was lbw in Pattinson’s over. He added 22 runs in the team’s total score. Three 4s were hit by him. Jerome Taylor threw his wicket in the hands of Peter Nevill after failing to read the mood of ball by Lyon. The tail-ender batsman scored 15 runs and sent the ball towards the boundary line for twice.  Jomel Warrican was not out at 11 runs.

Toss is usually of huge significance in the game but here the team that wonderfully capitalized it was Australia despite losing it. The Aussies declared 2nd innings after totaling 179 runs for the loss of three wickets. Joe Burns was dismissed at 5 runs, David at 17 runs and Usman Khawaja at 56 runs. Steven Smith  and Mitchell Marsh were unbeaten at 70 runs and 18 runs, respectively.

The play is still on. Kraigg Brathwaite has been dismissed at 31 runs. Rajindra Chandrika got his legs before wicket, giving  James Pattinson  a reason to smile. The batsman was doing good as he managed to spend some time on the 22 yards pitch. He played a knock of 37 runs in 130 balls, together with two fours.  Darren Bravo fell short to Peter Siddle while batting at 21 runs.

Marlon Samuels did not understand how to play a ball by Mitchell Marsh and lost his wicket when batting at 19 runs. Jermaine Blackwood and Denesh Ramdin  are batting at 16 and 19 runs, respectively. West Indies are at 146 runs for the loss of four wickets. The contest at Melbourne Cricket Ground is important for West Indies point of view. A match lost at this point of time means losing the series with one match yet to be played at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from January 3.

Australians have given clear indication that they wouldn’t let the opponents get the most out of opportunity of a bounce back. A humiliating defeat is looming on West Indies side. Australia have the advantage of playing in familiar conditions and they utilized the same in a way near to perfect. Individual performances can only save West Indies now as they still need more than 300 runs to win the match. Collective efforts are essential to be terrific but visitors are under pressure and it is hard for them to shift in on the opponents. Australian bowling lineup has so far made sure not to give room to batsmen so that gaps are found and the ball is placed to attain some quick runs.

Maintaining line and length will surely help the host restrict much before the target set by Australia’s batting lineup. . West Indies cricketers Attention, on the other hand, need to save wickets at present to moving ahead in the contest with confidence. But as far as current scenario is considered, Smith’s men are holding a strong position. West Indies need to pour more than one hundred per cent efforts to mark a comeback. By the end of today’s play, the possible outcome will be clear.

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