Due to frequent rain delays in Sydney, only 75 of the scheduled 90 overs could be bowled on the first day of the third test between Australia and West Indies. However, in those 75 overs, Australia inflicted enough damage on the visitors to boss the day and have their noses in front. The day ended with West Indies in another dismal position of 207-6.
For West Indies, it was once again opener Kraigg Braithwaite who displayed some stern resistance. Braithwaite looked solid in his approach and was unfortunate as he missed out on a well-deserved ton. His 85 was integral to West Indies’ first innings total. The right-hander found some support in southpaw Darren Bravo, who was dismissed after being well set and failed to cash in.
Marlon Samuels was terrible yet again as he was run out for 4. Blackwood, often termed as talented, failed to make his chance count. Skipper Jason Holder’s wicket further deteriorated the West Indians, who now have Ramdin and Carlos Braithwaite unbeaten at the wicket.
For Australia, Nathan Lyon was again among the wickets as he grabbed a couple. It was a resolute bowling display from Australia and the Kangaroos would want to wrap up the innings quickly on day 2.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the first day’s play between Australia and West Indies.
1. 100. Nathan Lyon now has 100 test wickets in Australia. He became the fifth spinner to register the century mark Down Under.
2. October 2014: The last time Australia played 2 spinners in a Test.
3. 1. This was the first occasion in his test career when Marlon Samuels was run out.
4. 3. West Indies have had 3 partnerships in the 90s so far in this series. Incidentally, Darren Bravo featured in all the 3.
5. 7. Marlon Samuels averages 7 with the bat in this series.