Half centuries by Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith helped Australia to crush a defiant West Indies fighting pushing Australia’s lead to 459 at the end of third day of the second test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Both of them put 79 runs for the third wicket as the West Indies took early wickets but both of them played aggressively to crush the West Indies spirit.
Khwaja was dismissed for 56, Smith and Marsh helped Australia reach 179 for 3 at stumps on a great sunny afternoon. West Indies replying to Australia’s big total of 551 for 3 declare, were bowled out for 271.
Starting the day on 91 for 6, West Indies debutant fast bowler Carlos Braithwaite scored 59 and Darren Bravo anchored with the tail made a patient 81. Trailing by 280 runs the West Indies made a good start when Jason Holder had opener Joe Burns caught in slips for four. Bravo looked the only batsmen from West Indies who looked in good form scoring a 100 in the first test match and then 81 in the first innings of the second test match.
David Warner was dismissed for 17 by Carlos Braithwaite which gave him first test wicket reducing Australia to 46-2. Khwaja and Smith attacked the West Indies bowling before Khawaja was dismissed playing an audacious shot.
Australia looks in dominating position in the series so far and is looking to wrap to the series as Australia won the first test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs.