|Chanderpaul made 68|
Shiv Chanderpaul batted for 90 minutes with the tail in the morning session, adding another 53 to the total. The last two wickets almost doubled the score. Ravi Rampaul was the first out when he lost his head and danced down the wicket to Nathan Lyon, intent on putting him over the long on boundary. Instead, he sliced the ball to Dave Warner at point. Kemar Roach helped Chanderpaul add another 32 before the the new ball ended it. Starc took out Chanderpaul with a corker which moved away in the air and then cut back into his pads.
Australia started their second innings with a lead of 110. Given that the bowlers had added 159 for the last three Australian wickets, it would be fair to say that it was about time the batsmen did some work. The opening partnership could last four overs until lunch when Warner went Phil Hughes style, slashing at a ball that should have been left three ball before lunch. Chanderpaul took the catch at third slip. It was the wicket which shared the first session between the two sides.
|Cowan & Ponting both made fifties|
By tea, Australia had again established their authority at 2-94.
The last session was full of effort from both sides. Cowan and Ponting raised half centuries, for both of them their highest scores of the series. Narsingh Deonarine fooled Cowan into cutting a ball that was too full and angling in at him rather than going away and Darren Sammy held a remarkable chest high catch at first slip that came from more face than edge of Cowan's bat. Sammy takes so many screamers but manages to drop sitters. Perhaps he needs instinct to be present to be sure in his hands? Clarke came in and re-affirmed the Australian policy of hitting hard to leg and sent successive deliveries to the head and then shin of Adrian Barath at short leg. Such is the nature of body protection in the modern game that he remained uninjured. Imagine the further nuisance Sid Barnes might have been at short leg with helmet and shin pads.
Ponting and Clarke added 56 before Roach returned to remove Ponting. It was another in the sequence of strange dismissals that Ponting has been victim to in this series. Today, he dived under a Roach bouncer but only to periscope depth and was caught of the back of the raised vertical bat above his head. It was like watching Doug Walters against John Snow in 1970-71 ... am I that old? Ponting has been bowled and caught off inside edges, been Watson latest run out victim, caught from a ricochet of the keeper's pads and caught by the only man in the deep off the only attacking shot in a needed defensive innings. Through it all, he has looked in good form but before today, had less than 100 runs in five digs in the series. A funny game ... you bet!
|Anyone seen my dummy?|
Australia have enough to win but will bat on. Time and weather are not factors and their opponents have a poor second innings record.
Cricket being cricket though, nothing is ever certain. If Bravo blisters and Chanderpaul stays, it would take only two of the rest to bat reasonably ... improbable I know, but would it hurt?
Session Count: West Indies 3, Australia 4, Drawn 2