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Australia odds-on favourites to cleansweep West Indies 2-0


Australia defeated West Indies in the Dominica Test Cricket Match. The WI vs Aus, 1st Test was wrapped up inside three days itself with Australia winning by 9 wickets to retain The Frank Worrell Trophy 2015. The Series has just one more Test match left which begins from June 11th at Jamaica.

West Indies woes began on the first day after they were bundled out for a paltry first innings total of just 148 after skipper Denesh Ramdin had won the toss and decided to bat first. By close of play on day 1, West Indies managed to fightback in this Dominica Test Cricket Match, making inroads by having Australia at 85 for 3 in 30 overs. It was an otherwise disastrous day for the homeside at the Windsor Park in Roseau for the WI vs Aus – first Test match of The Frank Worrell Trophy 2015. It wasn’t really bad going at all for the West Indies as at one stage they were 63 for 1 but a cluster of wickets saw them reduced to 87 for 5 just after lunch. Remember this was a batting line-up that didn’t feature the rock solid Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was ignored by the selectors.

The new-look West Indian batting line-up crumbled under pressure with only Marlon Samuels and Captain Denesh Ramdin having any significant Test match experience. Promising fast bowler Josh Hazlewood got the first wicket of the day’s play having the defensive Kraigg Brathwaite caught behind for 10. Darren Bravo fell next for 19, caught by Australia Captain Michael Clarke off Nathan Lyon. Opener Shai Hope was caught by Shaun Marsh off Mitchell Johnson for 36. Hope would go on to become the highest scorer of the sorry West Indian innings! There doesn’t seem to be much hope for the West Indies though in this short Test series according to freebets cricket odds because of their unpredictable batting line-up.

After the lunch break, Josh Hazlewood struck twice – going through the defenses of debutant Shane Dowrich (15) and Jermaine Blackwood, who was caught by Michael Clarke at third slip for just 2. Australia hardly wasted any time after this in cleaning up the West Indian innings. Marlon Samuels was sent back by Mitchell Starc for 7 while Mitchell Johnson bowled Denesh Ramdin for 19. All-rounder Jason Holder chipped in with 21 as West Indies collapsed to 148 in 53.5 overs.

The visitors finished with a first innings lead of 170 which should set them towards a certain victory against a brittle West Indian batting unit. Diminutive leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took six for 80 in 33 overs which for sure is his best ever in international cricket. Australia themselves were in trouble, reduced to 178 for 8 but a last wicket stand of 97 between Adam Voges and Josh Hazlewood not just them bailed them out but also took the game away from the Windies.

Adam Voges on Test debut scored a superb 130 from 247 balls with 13 fours and a six. His partner in the vital 10th wicket stand was Josh Hazlewood who came up with 39 from 87 balls. By lunch on day three of the Dominica Test Cricket Match, West Indies have crawled to 97 for 3 in 40 overs. Debutant Sam Dowrich is on a patient 31 from 101 balls and giving him company is Marlon Samuels who is on 26 not out from 81 balls. The Aussie pace trio of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have taken a wicket each. West Indies trail behind by 73 runs with 7 wickets in hand at lunch on day three of this WI vs Aus cricket match; yes we got a contest on our cards! But will the West Indian batting come up with something beyond their reputation?

The answer of the above question was answered quickly after the lunch break on day three as West Indies collapsed to 216 all out leaving the tourists a small target of 47 which was knocked down in just five overs! David Warner smashed 28 from 20 including two sixes before he was dismissed with another five runs to win. In this defeat, West Indies had a positive with debutant Shane Dowrich scoring 70 in their second innings. Marlon Samuels was the top scorer with 74 but after his 144-run stand with Shane Dowrich was broken, Windies went down in a hurry.

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