Australia end WI resistance, win 3rd Test

Updated: 22 June 2008 17:26 IST

Australia won the third and final Test against West Indies to complete a 2-0 series victory after a battling fourth-innings display from the hosts.

Australia end WI resistance, win 3rd Test

Bridgetown, Barbados:

Stuart Clark and Beau Casson took three wickets each and Australia withstood a defiant West Indies to seal an 87-run victory midway through the final day on Monday of the third cricket Test.

Australia, which retained the Frank Worrell Trophy with the second-Test draw in Antigua, completed a 2-0 win in the three-match series.

West Indies, resuming day five on 235 for three in pursuit of 475, was bowled out for 387.

Dwayne Bravo (69) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50) shared a partnership of 122 for the fourth wicket to lift faint hope for the home team at Kensington Oval.

But once both departed in a four-ball span just before lunch, the Aussies powered to victory after the interval as they took the last five wickets for 42 runs.

Fast bowler Clark took three for 58 while debutant left-arm wrist spinner Casson claimed three for 86.

Brett Lee was fiery throughout and eventually was rewarded with two for 109.

Chanderpaul and Bravo began the day cautiously against the accurate Clark and the left-arm spin of Michael Clarke and added 33 runs in the first hour with few alarms.

The introduction of Lee tested West Indies, especially Bravo, who took a blow to the back of the helmet during the hostile spell.

Bravo brought up his 50 off 113 balls, and blossomed against Casson with three huge sixes over long-off.

Chanderpaul notched 8,000 runs when he reached 49, the third West Indian to the mark after Brian Lara (11,953), Sir Vivian Richards (8,540) and Sir Garfield Sobers (8,032).

The 33-year-old from Guyana reached 50 off 128 balls but, next ball, the Aussies clinched the crucial breakthrough.

Casson provided the wicket of Bravo, who prodded forward defensively and gave a catch to Phil Jaques at short leg. Bravo lashed five fours and four sixes off 133 balls.

Australia took the second new ball next over and Clark trapped Chanderpaul leg before to silence the crowd.

Chanderpaul, later named man of the series, hit five fours off 131 balls in 203 minutes. It was the first time Australia had dismissed the slim left-hander since the first Test, a span of 1,050 minutes.

It was the fourth time in Chanderpaul's career that he has batted 1,000 minutes or more between dismissals.

Denesh Ramdin and Jerome Taylor added 42 in enterprising fashion either side of the break to the delight of a crowd of close to 8,000.

But once Clark trapped Ramdin (8) leg before, the innings subsided swiftly.

Taylor, who lashed six fours in a career-best 31 off 36 balls, fell six runs later as he snicked Mitchell Johnson to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Sewnarine Chattergoon bravely fought off the pain of his severely sprained left ankle to make 13 before Haddin snapped him up as he chased a wide Lee delivery.

Sulieman Benn (13) lashed out at Casson and was caught at cover.

Lee fittingly finished off the match with his 18th wicket of the series as Daren Powell edged to Haddin.

Australia's Simon Katich, with a career-best 157 in the second innings, was named man of the match.

The teams play a Twenty20 match at Kensington Oval on Friday, and begin a five-match one-day series on June 24.



Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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