30 Dec 2015

Australia take series against West Indies

8:11 am on 30 December 2015

Australia's taken an unassailable 2-0 series lead in beating the West Indies by 177 runs in the second cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The win means Australia reclaim the Frank Worrell trophy.

Set 460 to win, the highlight on day four for the tourists was a record 100-run sixth-wicket stand which had given the tourists a glimmer of hope that they could save the match.

Skipper Jason Holder (68) and Dinesh Ramdin (59) put on the first century stand for the West Indies in the series.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.

Nathan Lyon was named man of the match. Photo: Photosport

Earlier Australia captain Steve Smith declared his team's second innings closed at 179 for three before the start of play on the fourth day, ensuring the West Indies would need to set a record in chasing down an imposing target.

With opener Kraigg Brathwaite dismissed by Nathan Lyon for 31 in the morning session, Rajendra Chandrika and Darren Bravo resumed after lunch and soon came under pressure as the Australian bowlers ploughed a wider line outside off-stump.

West Indies captain Jason Holder deeds with the bat rather than the ball are needed at the MCG.

Windies allrounder and captain Jason Holder top-scored with 68 Photo: Photosport

The pair added only 19 further runs before Peter Siddle struck to remove Bravo for 21 with a teasing delivery that the Trinidadian chased with a driving bat, only to nick one to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.

Bravo's wicket triggered a minor collapse as James Pattinson soon trapped Chandrika lbw for 37, ending the opener's patient 130-ball inning.

Having had two wickets cancelled by television replay for over-stepping his crease on day three, Pattinson was put through another examination when Chandrika reviewed the decision but the tracking technology showed the ball just clipping the bails.

On a pair of ducks, Marlon Samuels faced 17 balls before getting off the mark but just as he appeared comfortable he was caught nicking behind for 19 with a flat-footed prod at a straighter delivery from Mitchell Marsh.

That left the West Indies teetering at 118 for four, with all four of their top batsmen having squandered starts.

Australia's no-ball dramas of day three returned to haunt paceman Josh Hazlewood earlier in the morning session.

Hazlewood had Bravo caught behind for 12 on the first ball of the last over before lunch, but a TV replay showed the bowler had over-stepped his crease.

The no-ball was the third to deny Australia wickets in the match, with Pattinson reprieving fellow paceman Carlos Brathwaite twice on day three, allowing the Barbadian to score 59 on debut.

The setback didn't prove too costly though as Bravo went for 21 dismissed by Peter Siddle.

The Windies slumped to 150 for five but the sixth wicket stand Holder and Ramdin revived the tourists' spirits.

But Ramdin went for 59, caught behind off the bowling off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh and was soon followed by Karlos Braithwaite (2).

Skipper Holder went on to make 68, but his stand came to an end when he was caught at mid-off from the bowling of Mitchell Marsh.

Australia then picked up the final two wickets quickly, with spinner Nathan Lyon taking three for 85 to finish with seven wickets for the game and was named player of the match.

The third and final Test starts in Sydney on January 3rd.