Benn's spin spurs Windies to slender lead

Benn's spin spurs Windies to slender lead

Resuming at 174 without loss, it looked like Australia were on their way to a big score, but the combination of Benn (5/155) and paceman Kemar Roach (3-93) spoiled Australia’s designs by picking up wickets at regular intervals and restricting them to 439, twelve runs behind the West Indies. The Aussie batsmen were at fault for not carrying on as almost all of their top order players got starts but just could not build on them.

Michael Clarke (71) and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (55 n.o.) were the notable contributors for the Aussies on the third day keeping them within touching distance of the Caribbeans.
The star of the day though was Benn who toiled through 53 overs to pick up his 5 wickets.
At the end of the day’s play, West Indies were 23/0.

Score Board

WEST INDIES (I Innings) 451 all out

AUSTRALIA (I Innings): O/n 174/0 in 48 overs.

Watson b Benn    96
Katich c Barath b Benn    80
Ponting c Bravo b Roach    36
Hussey c Ramdin b Roach    41
Clarke c Sarwan b Benn    71
North c Bravo b Benn    16
Haddin (not out)    55
Johnson c Gayle b Sammy    7
Hauritz c Ramdin b Roach    17
Siddle c Bravo b Benn    0
Bollinger (run out)    0
Extras (LB-2, NB-18)    20     
Total (all out in 131.1 overs)    439
Fall of wickets: 1-174, 2-193,  3-233, 4-312, 5-353, 6-370, 7-377, 8-418, 9-419, 10-439.
Bowling: Kemar Roach 25.1-3-93-3, Ravi Rampaul 14-1-52-0, Dwayne Bravo 12-1-43-0, Darren Sammy 18-2-79-1, Sulieman Benn 53-8-155-5, Chris Gayle 9-1-15-0

Gayle (not out)    12
Barath (not out)    10
Extras (NB-1)    1
Total (for 0 wickets in 4 overs)    23
Bowling: Mitchell Johnson 2-0-12-0, Doug Bollinger 2-0-11-0.