AUS vs WI, 1st Test, Highlights: Brathwaite’s fights back vain as Australia win first Test against West Indies by 164 runs

Australia have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-Test series after winning the first Test by 164 runs.

Lyon claimed 6-128 as the West Indies were all out for 333 before tea on the final day. It was Lyon’s 21st five-wicket haul in his 111th test.

On Sunday, Windies had resumed at 192 for 3, as they needed 306 runs more to win on the final day of the ongoing first Test.

However, West Indies’s second innings ended on 333. Australia had set a target of 498 runs for the visitors.

Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite top scored for the visitors with an obdurate 110, and a late order rally by Roston Chase and Alzarri Joseph prevented a capitulation that had looked likely after the visitors slumped to 233-7 in the space of 17 overs in the morning.

A stubborn 82-run stand for the eighth wicket between Chase (55) and Joseph (43) delayed the inevitable for 1 and a half hrs on both sides of the lunch break.

Part-time offspinner Travis Head provided the breakthrough when he bowled Joseph.

Resuming on 257-7 after the lunch break the West Indies batted for another 85 minutes before Lyon had Chase caught by Mitchell Starc in the outfield, and bowled No.11 Kemar Roach (0) with his next ball.

Chase hit six and three fours off 72 balls in occupying the crease in two frustrating hours for the Australians.

Earlier, West Indies lost the overnight pair of Brathwaite and Kyle Mayers (10) in the first hour of the day and managed only 24 runs in 15 overs as Australia strangled West Indies’ progress.

After Mayers had edged a Lyon delivery that spun across him to Steve Smith at slip, the spinner got a delivery to turn sharply and beat Brathwaite all-ends-up to claim the prized wicket.

Brathwaite had defied Australia’s vaunted bowling attack for just over five hours in scoring his 11th test ton in 80 test appearances and hit 14 boundaries off 188 balls.

Jason Holder (3) went for a big drive and edged to Smith at slip, who took a brilliant catch off part-time spinner Head (2-25), tumbling to his left as the West Indies resistance nose-dived.

West Indies has not beaten Australia in 12 tests since beating Steve Waugh’s side in the fourth test of a dead-rubber under the captaincy of Brian Lara in Antigua in May 2003.

Brief scores: Australia 598/4d (Marnus Labuschagne 204, Steve Smith 200) & 182/2d (Marnus Labuschagne 104*) beat West Indies283 (Kraigg Brathwaite 64; Pat Cummins 3/34) & 333 (Kraigg Brathwaite 110; Nathan Lyon 6/128) by 164 runs

2 thoughts on “AUS vs WI, 1st Test, Highlights: Brathwaite’s fights back vain as Australia win first Test against West Indies by 164 runs”

  1. Well Done By Our Batters In Maroon.
    Kudos To Captain Kraigg Braithwaite For His 110 But Not Enough To Take West Indies Over The Line.
    Good Luck In The Next Match!

  2. You and the Waste Indies must be in a coma because I know Waste Indies will not beat Australia anytime soon, Waste Indies doesn’t even have a genuine team to put on the field they have a slow bowler playing as a wannabe spinner and a wannabe batsman too many allrounders a wicket keeper that can’t keep and bat to save his life but he was hand picked by Clara so he’s a keeper.


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