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Australia romp to victory over Windies

By The Assam Tribune

ROSEAU (DOMINICA), June 6 (AFP): Australia completed a comprehensive nine-wicket victory just before stumps on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica after the home side�s second innings resistance crumbled.

A 144-run fourth-wicket partnership between Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels frustrated the visitors, who led after the first innings by 170 runs. However Dowrich�s dismissal for a well-played 70 ten minutes before the tea interval triggered the collapse which saw the last seven wickets tumbling for 35 runs and the West Indies sliding from 181 for three to 216 all out yesterday.

Mitchell Starc led the rout with four wickets, the last two off successive deliveries with the second new ball.

Needing just 47 runs for victory, Australia wasted no time in knocking off the runs in gathering gloom in just five overs for the loss of the rampant David Warner, who plastered 28 off 20 deliveries before falling to Jerome Taylor.

In his first Test match, Dowrich�s defiant knock in over four hours at the crease was an admirable effort given the state of the match, the condition of a wearing pitch and the perseverance of the Australians in seeking to turn the screws on a West Indies side that looked completely deflated at the end of the second day when Adam Voges� debut unbeaten hundred swung the match completely around.

Samuels, the most experienced West Indian player following the omission of Shivnarine Chanderpaul ahead of this two-match series, punctuated long periods of defiance with fluent strokeplay, occasionally taking on the challenge presented by frontline spinner Nathan Lyon to reach the top score of 74.

But he was among the clatter of wickets following the debutant�s demise, top-edging an attempted hook off Mitchell Johnson to be caught at fine leg in a manner that was a carbon copy of his first innings dismissal.

Their partnership had stretched the limit of Australia�s bowling resources, Michael Clarke trying his hand for a couple of overs along with Voges as the visiting captain searched for options to break the stubborn stand.

Yet once the opening came via Shane Watson�s low catch at short mid-on off Josh Hazlewood to get rid of Dowrich, the floodgates opened.

SCORECARD

West Indies 1st innings: 148

Australia 1st innings: 318

West Indies 2nd innings (overnight 25 for 2): Brathwaite b Starc 15, Hope c Clarke b Johnson 2, Bravo c Warner b Hazlewood 5, Dowrich c Watson b Hazlewood 70, Samuels c Starc b Johnson 74, Blackwood stpd Haddin b Lyon 12, Ramdin b Lyon 3, Holder not out 12, Taylor lbw Starc 0, Bishoo b Starc 1, Gabriel b Starc 0. Extras: (B-11, LB-10, W-1) 22. Total: (all out in 86 overs) 216. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-21, 3-37, 4-181, 5-198, 6-198, 7-206, 8-206, 9-216, 10-216. Bowling: Johnson 15-3-38-2, Starc 18-7-28-4, Hazlewood 16-7-17-2, Lyon 24-7-67-2, Smith 2-0-16-0, Watson 7-3-6-0, Voges 2-0-15-0, Clarke 2-0-8-0.

Australia 2nd innings: Warner c Bravo b Taylor 28, Marsh not out 13, Smith not out 5. Extras: (NB-1) 1. Total: (for one wicket in 5 overs) 47. Fall of wicket: 1-42. Bowling: Taylor 3-0-22-1, Gabriel 2-0-25-0.

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Australia romp to victory over Windies

ROSEAU (DOMINICA), June 6 (AFP): Australia completed a comprehensive nine-wicket victory just before stumps on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica after the home side�s second innings resistance crumbled.

A 144-run fourth-wicket partnership between Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels frustrated the visitors, who led after the first innings by 170 runs. However Dowrich�s dismissal for a well-played 70 ten minutes before the tea interval triggered the collapse which saw the last seven wickets tumbling for 35 runs and the West Indies sliding from 181 for three to 216 all out yesterday.

Mitchell Starc led the rout with four wickets, the last two off successive deliveries with the second new ball.

Needing just 47 runs for victory, Australia wasted no time in knocking off the runs in gathering gloom in just five overs for the loss of the rampant David Warner, who plastered 28 off 20 deliveries before falling to Jerome Taylor.

In his first Test match, Dowrich�s defiant knock in over four hours at the crease was an admirable effort given the state of the match, the condition of a wearing pitch and the perseverance of the Australians in seeking to turn the screws on a West Indies side that looked completely deflated at the end of the second day when Adam Voges� debut unbeaten hundred swung the match completely around.

Samuels, the most experienced West Indian player following the omission of Shivnarine Chanderpaul ahead of this two-match series, punctuated long periods of defiance with fluent strokeplay, occasionally taking on the challenge presented by frontline spinner Nathan Lyon to reach the top score of 74.

But he was among the clatter of wickets following the debutant�s demise, top-edging an attempted hook off Mitchell Johnson to be caught at fine leg in a manner that was a carbon copy of his first innings dismissal.

Their partnership had stretched the limit of Australia�s bowling resources, Michael Clarke trying his hand for a couple of overs along with Voges as the visiting captain searched for options to break the stubborn stand.

Yet once the opening came via Shane Watson�s low catch at short mid-on off Josh Hazlewood to get rid of Dowrich, the floodgates opened.

SCORECARD

West Indies 1st innings: 148

Australia 1st innings: 318

West Indies 2nd innings (overnight 25 for 2): Brathwaite b Starc 15, Hope c Clarke b Johnson 2, Bravo c Warner b Hazlewood 5, Dowrich c Watson b Hazlewood 70, Samuels c Starc b Johnson 74, Blackwood stpd Haddin b Lyon 12, Ramdin b Lyon 3, Holder not out 12, Taylor lbw Starc 0, Bishoo b Starc 1, Gabriel b Starc 0. Extras: (B-11, LB-10, W-1) 22. Total: (all out in 86 overs) 216. Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-21, 3-37, 4-181, 5-198, 6-198, 7-206, 8-206, 9-216, 10-216. Bowling: Johnson 15-3-38-2, Starc 18-7-28-4, Hazlewood 16-7-17-2, Lyon 24-7-67-2, Smith 2-0-16-0, Watson 7-3-6-0, Voges 2-0-15-0, Clarke 2-0-8-0.

Australia 2nd innings: Warner c Bravo b Taylor 28, Marsh not out 13, Smith not out 5. Extras: (NB-1) 1. Total: (for one wicket in 5 overs) 47. Fall of wicket: 1-42. Bowling: Taylor 3-0-22-1, Gabriel 2-0-25-0.