Windies crumble as Aussies march ahead


West Indies, staring at a big first innings total by Australia, crumbled under the pressure and now face an uphill task to avoid follow on.

The onus was on captain Chris Gayle (31) to give West Indies a good start, which he did to a certain extent but failed to carry on as West Indies collapsed under disciplined Australian bowling. The only resistance came from Travis Dowlin (44 n.o.) and wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin (22 n.o.) who will now need to post big partnership on the third day if West Indies are to make anything out of this match. Earlier in the day, a composed half century from Marcus North (79) and an entertaining unbeaten 50  from Nathan Hauritz helped Australia reach a total of 444 for eight declared.

score board
AUSTRALIA (I Innings)
Watson lbw Taylor    0
Katich c Ramdin b Bravo    92
Ponting c Ramdin b Roach    55
M Hussey c&b Benn    66
Clarke c Gayle b Bravo    41
North c Ramdin b Bravo    79
Haddin c Ramdin b Rampaul    38
Johnson c Ramdin b Benn    7
Hauritz (not out)    50
Siddle (not out)    20
Extras (B-2, LB-9, W-1, NB-20)    32     
Total (for 8 wkts decl., 135 overs)    480
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-126, 3-200, 4-253, 5-287, 6-371, 7-386, 8-444.
Bowling: Taylor 9-2-43-1, Roach 25-4-76-1, Rampaul 26-4-110-1, Bravo 32-4-118-3, Benn 34-5-86-2, Gayle 9-0-36-0.
WEST INDIES (I Innings)
Gayle lbw Hilfenhaus    31
Barath c Watson b Johnson    15
Dowlin (not out)    40
Chanderpaul lbw Siddle    2
Bravo c Watson b Johnson    0
Nash c Haddin b Watson    18
Ramdin (not out)    22
Extras (B-1, LB-3, NB-2)    6     
Total (for 5 wkts, 39 overs)    134
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-49, 3-58, 4-63, 5-96.
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 11-5-33-1, Siddle 7-3-27-1, Johnson 12-3-45-2, Watson 5-0-14-1, Hauritz 4-2-11-0.

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