Constant rain ends second Test as a draw

Heavy rain caused the match to end as a draw


Constant downpours affected the second Test match between the West Indies and Australia, ultimately ending it as a draw.

With the draw and one more Test to play, Australia successfully defended the Frank Worrell Trophy once again.

Australian captain, Michael Clarke, won the toss and elected to bat on a surface that looked promising for the batsmen.

Australian openers, David Warner and Ed Cowan got things off to a good start for the tourists, with a 53 run partnership.

However, both openers, failed to make any major scores, as Warner departed for 29, and Cowan for 28.

Shane Watson, gave the Australian innings some life again after the loss of some quick wickets, including veteran batsman, Ricky Ponting for just seven runs.

Watson, was part of an 84 run partnership with captain Michael Clarke, before, Clarke was dismissed on 45, in which he helped himself to eight boundaries.

Watson, meanwhile, continued to play some sensible cricket as he slowly worked his way to 56, which included seven magnificent boundaries, before he himself got out.

With the rest of the middle and lower order batsmen failing to produce any significant contribution to the team total, it all came down to Michael Hussey and James Pattinson.

Hussey and Pattinson put together a seventh wicket partnership of 89, which proved to be extremely frustrating for West Indian captain, Darren Sammy.

Hussey, led all Australian batsmen with a brilliant 73, as he looked to be in full control throughout his innings, during which he hit four boundaries and one massive six.

Unlike the first Test match, the Australian lower order batsmen failed to provide a spark of life in the innings, as Australia were bowled out for 311 runs.

West Indian pace bowler, Kemar Roach, was the pick of the bowlers, as he took five wickets, while Shane Shillingford, who was given an opportunity to prove his worth, notched up three wickets, and Narsingh Deonarine claimed two wickets for himself.

The West Indies first innings got off to a horrible start, as their top order batsmen failed to produce any runs, as they folded under the pressure of the Australian bowlers.

With the score at 38 for the fall of three wickets, Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, combined for a valuable and necessary 62 run partnership, before Bravo was dismissed on 38.

With the West Indies looking as if they might collapse, just like in the second innings of the first Test, Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine worked well together to post up a huge partnership of 130 runs.

Deonarine, made 55 runs in the partnership, during which he hammered seven boundaries and one six.

Chanderpaul, on the other hand, was dismissed soon after Deonarine had made his way back to the pavilion, falling just six runs short of what would have been another miraculous century.

Once Chanderpaul departed, the lower order of the West Indian batting lineup, completely collapsed under the Australian team’s intensity, as they were bundled out for just 257 runs, giving Australia a lead of 54 runs.

Australian spinner, Nathan Lyon, was responsible for ripping through the West Indian batting lineup, as he claimed five wickets, while Michael Beer, took two, and Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson, and even Michael Hussey, chipped in with a wicket each.

With a lead of 54 going into the second innings, Australia were looking to mount a defendable total against the West Indies, but, with the way they started, that hope soon started to fade.

The top three batsmen for Australia fell for just 37 runs, but, Ricky Ponting, started his own little resistance against the West Indians, showing the cricketing world that he still had some fight left in him.

Ponting, managed to make 41 runs, in which he hit three boundaries, before he was caught out.

Australia continued to slip further as captain Michael Clarke was also claimed early into his innings for just 15 runs.

Michael Hussey and wicketkeeper, Matthew Wade, provided a fight-back for the Australians, with their 50 run partnership, before Hussey, was cleaned bowled by Kemar Roach for 24.

Australian captain, Michael Clarke, declared with the score on 160 for the fall of eight wickets, giving the West Indies a target of 215 runs to win.

With Kemar Roach getting another five wicket haul, he became the first West Indian bowler to take ten wickets in a Test match against Australia since Curtly Ambrose did it in 1993.

Roach, was awarded the Man of the Match honours, for his brilliant bowling spell in both the first and second innings of the match, and said: “It was difficult. The wicket wasn’t assisting fast bowlers much. You had to be accurate. Fidel was unlucky. Shillingford bowled really well. Kept it tight. Very proud of the way we fought. Practice hard for Dominica. On Monday we will be ready and raring to go.”

Roach, was supported by teammates Fidel Edwards, Shane Shillingford and Darren Sammy, who all picked up one wicket each.

Facing a target of 215 runs to win, the West Indies lost openers, Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell, early into their chase.

However, once the West Indies reached 53 runs for the fall of two wickets, the light got too bad to continue, and to make matters even worse, the rain came after that, effectively ending the match as a draw.

Ben Hilfenhaus, was the bowler responsible for picking up the two early wickets of the West Indian innings.

West Indian captain, Darren Sammy, was disappointed that the weather had spoilt the run chase, and said: “We were going after the runs. We lost two wickets, but we had Shiv and Narsinh in the end. Yes, we made a positive statement. We looked at it as a one-day scenario. I have to congratulate Kemar. He had a tough year last year. Shiv is doing what we know he does. Narsingh came in and did a good job. Kirk should recover for the England tour. We welcome Fudadin. We are looking to level the series in Dominica.”

Australian captain, Michael Clarke, was also disappointed that the rain had stopped the match from producing a result, and said: “I think it was going to be a good final day if the rain stayed away. Disappointing for both the teams, and the fans. Both teams have played in good spirit, we have both played to win. It’s going to be a tough fight in Dominica. We played inconsistent cricket here, we need to move. Nathan Lyon copped some flak in the media, but he did a great job in this Test. James and Peter flying home is disappointing, but it gives someone else an opportunity. Found the wicket really slow, hard to score and tough to take the game forward.”

With the second match ending as a draw, Australia still lead the series 1-0, and the West Indies will be looking to even up the score when the two sides face off once again in the third Test at Dominica on April 23.

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