Australia defeat West Indies by 177 runs, seal series
MELBOURNE – Australia’s bowlers had to work hard for their wickets but completed an emphatic 177-run victory before the close of day four of the second test against West Indies on Tuesday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Denesh Ramdin and captain Jason Holder built a brave 100-run stand after tea to slow Australia’s march at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but all-rounder Mitchell Marsh broke the partnership and took 4-61 to complete the triumph.
After Australia captain Steve Smith declared before the start of play to set the tourists an imposing 460-run target for victory, West Indies’ batsmen battled hard but were bowled out for 282.
Spinner Nathan Lyon was named man-of-the-match after taking seven wickets, including a valuable 3-85 in the second innings on a stubborn MCG wicket that refused to deteriorate late even deep into day four.
The off-spinner ensured West Indies were chasing a lost cause by dismissing their last specialist batsman in Jermaine Blackwood for 20 shortly after tea, the Jamaican trapped lbw after attempting to slog the spinner over square leg.
Marsh had Ramdin caught behind for 59 and Lyon bowled debutant Carlos Brathwaite for two, his ball just clipping off a bail to leave Australia needing three wickets for victory.
Holder soaked up another half-hour with fellow paceman Kemar Roach to raise hopes of pushing the match into a fifth day, but lost concentration with two of the minimum overs left in the day, spooning a catch off the bowling of Marsh straight to Josh Hazlewood at mid-on to be dismissed for 68.
The floodgates opened and James Pattinson had Roach out for 11 in the next over, caught in the slips by David Warner.
Marsh wrapped up the innings by dismissing Jerome Taylor for a duck, the tail-ender skying a pull to be well caught by Pattinson running in from long leg.
Australia 1st innings 551 for 3 decl (U. Khawaja 144, S. Smith 134no, J. Burns 128, A. Voges 106no) West Indies 1st innings 271 (D. Bravo 81, C. Brathwaite 59; N. Lyon 4-66, J. Pattinson 4-72) Australia 2nd innings (Overnight: 179-3) J. Burns c K. Brathwaite b Holder 5 D. Warner c Holder b C. Brathwaite 17 U. Khawaja c Ramdin b Holder 56 S. Smith not out 70 M. Marsh not out 18 Extras (lb-6 nb-5 w-2) 13 Total (for 3 wickets declared, 32 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-7 J. Burns,2-46 D. Warner,3-123 U. Khawaja Did not bat: A. Voges, P. Nevill, J. Pattinson, P. Siddle, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon Bowling J. Taylor 3 - 0 - 25 - 0 J. Holder 11 - 1 - 49 - 2(nb-1) C. Brathwaite 6 - 1 - 30 - 1(w-1) K. Roach 4 - 0 - 22 - 0(w-1) J. Warrican 8 - 0 - 47 - 0 West Indies 2nd innings (Target: 460 runs) K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 31 R. Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 37 Da. Bravo c Nevill b Siddle 21 M. Samuels c Nevill b M. Marsh 19 J. Blackwood lbw b Lyon 20 D. Ramdin c Nevill b M. Marsh 59 J. Holder c Hazlewood b M. Marsh 68 C. Brathwaite b Lyon 2 K. Roach c Warner b Pattinson 11 J. Taylor c Pattinson b M. Marsh 0 J. Warrican not out 4 Extras (lb-7 nb-2 w-1) 10 Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 282 Fall of wickets: 1-35 K. Brathwaite,2-83 Da. Bravo,3-91 R. Chandrika,4-118 M. Samuels,5-150 J. Blackwood,6-250 D. Ramdin,7-253 C. Brathwaite,8-274 J. Holder,9-278 K. Roach,10-282 J. Taylor Bowling J. Hazlewood 20 - 6 - 40 - 0(nb-1 w-1) J. Pattinson 17 - 4 - 49 - 2 N. Lyon 23 - 7 - 85 - 3 P. Siddle 9 - 2 - 35 - 1 M. Marsh 17.3 - 2 - 61 - 4(nb-1) S. Smith 2 - 1 - 5 - 0 Referees Umpire: Marais Erasmus Umpire: Chris Gaffaney TV umpire: Ian Gould Match referee: Chris Broad Result: Australia won by 177 runs -Reuters