The first test between the two nations is being played at Roseau. Australia lost the toss and was asked to bowl first on a pitch that was not easy to understand. West Indies came out to bat and started well. But it dint take long after the first wicket fell for a possession of wickets to continue.
Australia would have wanted to have a good start to the series but they got a great one as they bundled the Windies out before tea on the first day. West Indies could only manage a lead of 148 in the first innings and were already looking at a hard game to win.
However, they came back brilliantly in the post tea session and picked some wickets to restrict Australia to 85/3 by the end of days play on the first day. Australia was 63 runs behind with 7 wickets in hand.
Voges on 20 and Smith on 17 started day 2 and were thinking about putting on a partnership to give them the lead after losing 3 wickets. But Devendra Bishoo, who was bowling a tight line finally got the better of Smith, who just walked past one trying to use his feet. He was gone for 25 and Australia was 97/4 at this stage.
Bishoo stuck again in the next over as he removed Watson who played an ambitious drive early in the innings at 11. In walked Haddin. However, he also had to go without scoring much as Bishoo found almost the perfect delivery for a leg spinner. Pitched on leg and hitting the off. Haddin had to leave for 8 and Australia were still trailing by 22 runs with 4 wickets in hand.
Voges and Johnson took Australia past the West Indies score and into lunch without further damage as Australia were 153/6. Once again Bishoo, with a magic hand came on to remove Johnson and Starc in the same over. Johnson top edged one for 20 and Starc got one that knocked his stump over for 0. Australia was suddenly reduced to 178/8 only 30 runs’ ahead.
Lyon joined Voges, who already reached his half century and took the score to over the 200 mark. However, Lyon missed a straight one which hit his pads. He was given out for 22 and Gabriel got Australia to 221/9. With only a wicket to go, West Indies would have wanted to wrap it up quickly. Even as the new ball was taken, thanks to the support from Hazlewood, Voges became the oldest debutant to score a test century.
The pair took the team to tea without a wicket. Australia went into Tea at 280/9. The two came back on after the break and continued to frustrate the opposition before Samuel finally got through the defense of Hazlewood. Australia were all out for 318 as the last pair put on 97 runs thanks to a well played 39 by Hazlewood. West Indies were now trailing by 170 runs.
After a brief break, Hope and Brathwaite came onto bat for the Windies. Johnson drew first blood as he picked Hope with a raising delivery on off stump. Hope was gone for 2. Starc didn’t take long to pick his first wicket up. It was in the next delivery and that of Brathwaite for 15. He played across the line for a 145k delivery and lost his stumps. WI was 21/1 and still trailing by 149 runs with 8 wickets in hand.
Bravo and Dowrich took the team to the end of days play without losing any more wickets. WI is now 145 runs behind at 25/2. The first innings performance from Australia with the bat as well as the ball may have already given them a great chance to run away with the game but the spirit shown in the field by the West Indian’s may well make this match more interesting.
The player of the day was Adam Voges, who scored a superb unbeaten 130 on his debut to give his team a very important first innings lead. It will be a great day tomorrow at the Roseau as Australia will try and run over West Indies quickly.