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177-Run Win on West Indies Make Australia Enjoy Consecutive Victories and Seal Series

177-Run Win on West Indies Make Australia Enjoy Consecutive Victories and Seal Series

December 31
10:58 2015

auNew Delhi, Thursday, December 31 – Australians outperformed West Indies to seal the Frank Worrell Trophy even though one match is yet to be played. The tourists failed to utilize the chance of bouncing back completely and face a humiliating defeat of 177 runs.

Post declaring 1st innings on a total of 551 runs, Steve Smith-led side restricted West Indies playing XI at 271 runs in 100.3 overs. The crowd at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne was confident the visiting squad will not mark a comeback from this point against Australia, who declared 2nd innings after putting 179 runs on the scoreboard.

Things weren’t right from the beginning for West Indies in view of the fact that four of the Australian batsmen hit centuries in the first innings. Target was not an easy chase when most of the players were struggling to get back in form. In the second innings, the tourists were all out at 282. All 10 men were sent back to pavilion in 88.3 over at a time when it was required to spend time on crease and let the match end in a draw instead of losing it.

Kraigg Brathwaite was dismissed at 31 runs by Nathan Lyon. Two boundaries were stuck by the opener. Darren Bravo succumbed to Peter Siddle while batting at 21 runs off 61 balls, including a four. Rajendra Chandrika was given legs before wicket when James Pattinson started to ball. The way he managed to face bowling attack of Australia was commendable when many others were not confident to make best use of pitch conditions. The 26-year-old right-handed batsman played a knock of 37 runs in 130 balls, together with two fours.

The new batsman Marlon Samuels did not succeed to comprehend how to play a ball by Mitchell Marsh and lost his wicket while batting at 19 runs. He hit a couple of fours. Jermaine Blackwood couldn’t go far enough at was out in Nathan Lyon’s over.  20 runs were pocketed by him in 48 balls, together with three boundaries. Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper-batsman, did his best to bring his team on the right track. Prior falling short to Mitchell Marsh, the 30-year-old cricketer, struck eight classy shots to play a knock of 59 runs in 90 balls. His knock in West Indies’ second innings was much better than the first one as he was out for a naught then.

If truth be told, West Indies seemed to be heading in the right direction but situations began to change faster. 150 runs were achieved for the loss of five wickets. When Ramdin was dismissed, 250 runs looked not that bad on the scoreboard. Nonetheless, that wasn’t adeuqte to save his team from facing another defeat. Jason Holder played a captain’s innings in some context being the highest scorer and confidently hitting two biggies, along with 7 boundaries. His confident approach brought some life in the match. However, the kind of support he was looking forward to wasn’t achieved as Carlos Brathwaite threw his wicket to Nathan Lyon at  2 runs.

Josh Hazlewood took catch of West Indies skipper as soon as Marsh arrived to give a breakthrough to his teammates. Holder’s 68 runs off 86 balls received words of praise from the fans despite the fact that it was clear to them that West Indies need to improve in all departments of cricket to be a threat for opponents. Kemar Roach’s catch was caught by David Warner in James Pattinson’s over at individual score of 11 runs (4 x 2). Game was allover for West Indies post dismissal of Jerome Taylor at a zero. Jomel Warrican was not out at  4 runs, which came through a boundary. Australia were stronger than the rivals and they proved it by winning the match by a big margin alike the opening contest. 10 extras were bowled by the Aussies. Marsh shone in 2nd innings by taking four wickets. For Nathan Lyon, the contest was good enough as he took seven wickets in total.

James Pattinson dismissed two men, helping Australia defend the target with sheer confidence. Peter Siddle got one wicket, while Josh Hazlewood and Steven Smith did not get any wicket. The challenge in Melbourne was of huge significance for the travelers as this was the opportunity to keep their hopes alive and let final blow at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney turn interesting. The Test which is to begin from January 3 will remain important for West Indies as they would wish to end the tournament with a win and go back home with heads held high. But that is going to ask more than one hundred percent efforts. Hard work pays off in longest format with individual shows and team performance. On the other hand, Australia would look forward to West Indies whitewash.

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