Australia crush WI to take lead


Despite Barath, who at 19 became the youngest West Indian to score a Test century with his 104, waging the rescue act, the rest of the Carribean batsmen hardly made anything noteworthy, folding up for a dismal 187 in 52.1 overs on an embarrassing third day for the Caribbeans at the Gabba.

Resuming at the overnight score of 137 for five, the Windies were dismissed for 228 before lunch in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 480. Hosts’ skipper Ricky Ponting had no hesitation in asking the visitors to follow-on and Ben Hilfenaus stepped up to inflict early damage on the Windies.

The fast bowler picked up three wickets for 20 in addition to his two first innings scalps.
Barath’s century was studded with 19 boundaries and his 138-ball knock was ended by Shane Watson.

Australia now lead the three-match series 1-0.

Score board

AUSTRALIA (I Innings): 480/8 decl.

WEST INDIES (I Innings): 228.

WEST INDIES (II Innings, O/n: 134/5 in 39 overs)

Gayle lbw Hilfenhaus    1
Barath lbw Watson    104
Dowlin b Hilfenhaus    4
C’paul c Katich b Hilfenhaus    2
Bravo c Hilfenhaus b Hussey    23
Nash lbw Hauritz    7
Ramdin c Haddin b Hauritz    16
Taylor c Hilfenhaus b Watson    0
Benn (not out)    15
Roach c Hussey b Siddle    5
Rampaul c Haddin b Johnson    0
Extras (lb-4, nb-6)    10
Total (all out in 52.1 overs)    187
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-18, 3-39, 4-105, 5-141, 6-154, 7-158, 8-170, 9-187.
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 7-3-20-3, Siddle 10-3-41-1, Johnson 9.1-1-35-1, Watson 10-0-44-2, Hauritz 14-1-40-2, Hussey 2-0-3-1.

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