W Indies vs Australia
It's all over, folks. Australia win this one by 75 runs and the series 2-0. It's been a fantastic advertisement for Test cricket with a few dramatic turns in both this match, and the series. West Indies put up a brave fight here this morning, but they were far off the mark to compete for the win and eventually Australia's bowling got the better of the home side. Shiv Chanderpaul will certainly be able to hold his head up after a solid batting performance in this Series kept his side in for a fight practically every time he came out to the middle. Michael Clarke's side has done well and the captain has lead by example today with his five-wicket haul. Sammy will have lots to ponder over as his side make their way to England for their next Test series; there are some changes to the squad though so don't be surprised if you see a slightly better and more upbeat West Indies performance. Cheerio.
Over 97 Lyon 1-1-W
293/9 -Sammy racks up a single and Shillingford gets one too with another cover drive. WICKET! Eventually Australia get their man as Sammy goes for a big one with a sweep and top edges it which is taken simply by Hilfenhaus at short fine leg. It's all over here, Australia win by 75 runs and win the Digicel Test Series 2-0.
Change Of Bowling
Spin is back as Lyon takes the ball.
You can't help but wonder, WHAT IF the home side can do this? They need just 78 runs to win and they're looking good for it - but they've got no-one left to come unfortunately, so one mistake and it's all over....
Over 96 Starc 0-0-4-0-2-0
292/9 - Two slips in place and every ball the West Indies survives is met with a loud cheer from the home supporters who have stuck around for the end. Shillingford drives brilliantly to go over his highest Test score of 27 with a great cover-drive for four. Shillingford drives another into the covers for a couple.
Change Of Bowling
Starc, here we go!
Over 95 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-1-0
286/9 - Shillingford swings wildly - not sure why - and completely misses it. Sammy calls a halt to play as he steps down the pitch to chat to his partner who edges the next one which bounces short of Clarke in the slips. Shillingford eventually gets a single to square leg.
Over 94 Harris 0-1-0-0-0-1
285/9 - Sammy pulls one into the midwicket region for a single. Shillingford making this look easy as he keeps out Hilfenhaus with pretty much every shot in the book - he gets a single off the last to keep strike. Wonder what Australia's plan is for this... patience?
Over 93 Hilfenhaus 2-4-1-0-0-0
283/9 - Maybe Clarke needs to get back into the bowling here; Hilfenhaus gives away as Sammy clips one away for two down to square leg and he's screaming 'two, two, two' - the entire Dominca heard that one! Next up he punishes Hilfenhaus for four to fine leg as he equals his highest Test score of 58 which he scored against Bangladesh. He manages to get a single to move him one higher.
Over 92 Harris 1-4-0-0-0-0
276/9 - Sammy gets a single and Shillingford responds with a pull shot in front of square for four. Where has this guy come from? Not quite what Australian were expecting when he walked out to the middle was it? His highest score is just 27, and he is sitting pretty now on 22. Shillingford struck on the pads and there's a loud appeal from Harris but the umpire is right as he tells the bowler it was missing the wickets anyway.
Over 91 Hilfenhaus 1-0-0-0-0-0
271/9 - Edged and safe as Sammy picks up a single to third man. Shillingford struck on the pads, low down on the leg stump, there's an appeal but the Umpire says it's not hitting - I don't know so much, it was pitches outside leg but the swing Hilfenhaus is getting is quite brilliant; the next ball shows the swing as it pitches on middle and swings out and away from Shillingford. Three slips now in place as Hilfenhaus hopes Shillingford gets an edge to one of them.
Change Of Bowling
Hilfenhaus getting a turn with the new ball too...
Over 90 Harris 0-1-1-0-2-1
265/9 - Sammy drives the first down the ground to long on who is sitting on the ropes. After two balls in, Harris opts for a new ball. Shillingford picks up a single off a leg bye. Sammy is tempted to go down the ground on the fourth but last minute pulls out as the new ball gives some extra bounce he wa't quite expecting. Sammy gets one off the glove and Harris gives chase down to the fine leg area - in fact, it's off the helmet - not sure if there was some bat there though? Well, Sammy adds two to his tally nonetheless. Sammy gets his half-century eventually - hope the Umpires don't decide later to mark those two runs down as helmet byes...
Change Of Bowling
Ryan Harris comes in to try finish it off. One wicket left.
Over 89 Lyon 1lb-0-0-4-4-4
265/9 - A leg bye from Sammy gets the over started, gives Lyon a chance to get to Shillingford. Leg slip and first slip with a short leg in place. Shillingford pads away the third, Wade appeals and Umpire thinks he is mad. Shillingford comes down the wicket and drives over extra cover for four with his back knee on the ground - pretty glorious for a number 11 batsman. He sweeps the next, remarkably, four more! Another powerful one - Shillingford comes down the wicket and a straight drive over the bowler - ANOTHER four runs!
Over 88 Clarke 1-0-0-0-0-0
252/9 - Clarke wants to continue to Sammy who edges him down to third man for a single. Now a chance to bowl to Shillingford as Clarke looks for his sixth wicket. Not as defensive of a field from Clarke, just a slip and short leg in place. Second slip now put into place for the last ball. No need for that though as Shillingford defends well.
Talk about pressure - Lyon had a leg slip, first slip, silly point and a short leg. My goodness.
Over 87 Lyon 0-4-0-2-0-0
251/9 - They swopped over so Sammy takes strike. Shillingford gets off the mark with a great shot down the wicket driving it high over mid off for four. Obviously Australia trying to make them play to go for the catches. Another one dropped short by Lyon and it is skied over mid off who scampers to try get under it but it's dropped in front of him and he collects before throwing it back in.
Over 86 Clarke 0-0-4-0-6-W
245/9 - Clarke allows himself to continue but even he is confused as Rampaul drives one pitched well outside off beautifully through the covers for four. Rampaul does what Sammy does and goes for it sending Clarke packing for six with a great slog. He goes again for a huge one, it's high up in the sky but Warner, at long on, gets under it and takes a great catch. WICKET! This could all be over very very soon! Clarke gets his fiver, even if he got smashed around a little in the end.
Clarke continues, looking for a fiver!
- 23rd - 27th Apr 2012
- Windsor Park, Dominica
- M Erasmus and A L Hill
w indies BATTING CARD
|Barath||c Cowan b Hilfenhaus||0|
|Brathwaite||lbw b Clarke||14|
|Chanderpaul||lbw b Clarke||69|
|Baugh||c Ponting b Lyon||12|
|Sammy||c Hilfenhaus b Lyon||61|
|Roach||c Clarke b Lyon||2|
|Rampaul||c Warner b Clarke||11|
|Total||All out, 96.3 Overs||294|