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WI lose three to give Aus control

Associated Press
Apr 17, 2012 at 08:23am IST

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: Australia took three final-session wickets to restrict West Indies to 49-3 by stumps Monday on the second day of the second Test, building a 262-run lead despite Kemar Roach's five-wicket haul for the hosts. Roach took 5-105 from 27 overs as West Indies dismissed Australia for 311 after having resumed at Queen's Park Oval on 208-5. Kraigg Brathwaite (0), Adrian Barath (7) and Kieran Powell (19) were all out to lbw decisions, ensuring West Indies face a battle to stay in the series. Australia leads 1-0 with one more Test left to play.

There was a wicket apiece for Australian quicks Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson and left-arm spinner Michael Beer. Australia's total was boosted by Michael Hussey's 73 in a seventh-wicket stand of 89 with James Pattinson, who made 32. Roach led the hosts' attack while offspinners Shane Shillingford's 3-92 and Narsingh Deonarine's 2-32 also contributed.

The day had begun brightly for West Indies with Roach removing wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for 11 with the second ball of the second over. Wade drove at a good length delivery and edged low to second slip for Darren Bravo to hold the catch and make it 208-6. Roach and Fidel Edwards, armed with the second new ball, were unlucky not to claim another breakthrough in the first hour with Hussey and Pattinson both being beaten on several occasions. But the pair of left-handers gradually emerged to share an important stand. Hussey, overnight 26, brought up his 50 off 137 balls with a push through extra cover off Darren Sammy's medium pace.

2nd Test: WI lose three to give Aus control

West Indies closed day two of the Trinidad Test on 49 for 3, trailing the Australians by 262 runs.

The 21-year-old Pattinson shrugged off two nasty blows to his right arm from Roach and Edwards to hit three confident boundaries. The duo took lunch at 267-6, with rain arriving to stall play for nearly two hours. Upon resumption, Hussey and Pattinson continued to build the innings before West Indies hit back by claiming the last four wickets for 14 runs. Spin finally earned the crucial breakthrough for the hosts, with part-timer Deonarine removing Hussey to a driven catch to extra cover. Hussey struck four fours and a six off 208 balls in four hours.

Next over, Pattinson's 119-ball marathon was ended when he skied the ball into the off side off the leading edge off Shillingford. The fast bowler hit five fours in two and a half hours. Roach returned to wrap up the tail, bowling Ben Hilfenhaus (5) and trapping last man Michael Beer (2) lbw in successive overs on the stroke of tea. The 23-year-old Roach, in his 16th Test, claimed his third five-wicket haul.

West Indies, however, was quickly in trouble when batting. The Caribbean side had not scored when Brathwaite was trapped shuffling across the crease to Hilfenhaus. Australia further seized the initiative when Barath was out to Beer, who ended with 1-22 after taking the new ball with Hilfenhaus. Powell counter-attacked before he fell to Pattinson's first delivery to leave the total on 38-3. Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the team's most reliable pair, survived to the close. Bravo struck two straight boundaries off Beer while Chanderpaul was content_cn to be the anchor as the partnership reached 11. Pattinson, although wayward at times, took 1-6 while Hilfenhaus grabbed 1-12.

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