Michael Beer took just four balls to end the West Indies first innings at 257 when he trapped Carlton Baugh in front. He survived the initial on-field appeal but the third umpire reversed the decision. The DRS process took as long as Beer had to bowl his partial over.
|Ponting had a good share of luck|
|Watson gets "poled" by Roach|
There was more trouble in the second over after lunch when Cowan dropped a ball from Shillingford to square leg. Ponting called and set off immediately on a short single that was his call. The opener hesitated and would have been run out at the bowlers end if wicketkeeper Baugh's throw had been true. Cowan finally went when Roach cut out the middle men and trapped him in front of middle and off. The Australians pointlessly used a review to prove what was obvious.
Play only lasted another six overs until the rain swept in again and blanketed the ground for the remainder of the day but not before more dramas as Ponting had another close call running between the wickets. He drove Shillingford slowly to Shiv Chanderpaul who was deepish at mid on and then appeared to saunter the single. Chanderpaul's throw hit the stumps and with Ponting moving casually and not sliding his bat, replays showed his foot landed astride the crease in the nick of time.
In between close calls, Ponting looked secure against the spin of Shillingford, who opened the bowling and was unchanged when the rain came. An on drive just before play ended was vintage Ponting.
|Rain will decide the Test|
Clarke's adventurous captaincy will play a large hand, especially as he is at the wicket when play resumes.
The weather, unfortunately, will decide it.