Two test matches are happening down under. Australia is facing West Indies at Hobart while New Zealand is taking on Sri Lanka. Australia has dominated West Indies and New Zealand has posted a huge total while Sri Lanka has finished on 197 for 4 at the end of day 2. Here we look at five key moments from tests down under
- Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh partnership
Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh continued to plunder the West Indies bowling attack to all parts of the ground. Australia began day 2 on 435 for 3 these players looked in excellent touch. Both played with freedom. Shaun Marsh was dismissed for 182 while Adam Voges remained not out on 269 off 285. Both of them put on 449 runs for the fourth wicket which ensured Australia reach a massive total of 583 for 4 declare.
- Darren Bravo excellent 94
West Indies were chasing a huge target of 583 for 4 declare. They lost an early wicket of Braithwaite for 2. Darren Bravo came to crease and took time to settle. West Indies lost quick wickets and were reeling at 95 for 5. He played some excellent shots of fast bowlers. He completed his half century off 106 balls. Darren Bravo and Kemar Roach made sure that West Indies do not lose too many wickets. At the end of day 2 Darren remained not out on 94 and West Indies at 207 for 6 still trail by 376 runs. Darren Bravo must ensure that he plays a long innings and help West Indies to get out of this trouble situation.
- Nathan Lyon 3 wicket spell
Nathan Lyon bowled brilliantly today. He bowled with flight and caused trouble to the West Indies batsmen. He came in the 13th over of the West Indies innings. He picked the wicket of Chandrika with a good spinning delivery for 25, then Marlon Samuels with a wonderful caught bowl chance for 9 and then Blackwood with a good ball bouncing on the batsmen for 0. He has bowled 19 over’s and only conceded 43 runs picking 3 wickets. Because of three wickets spell West Indies were struggling at 5 for 95.
- Karunanthe solidity at the top
Sri Lanka lost 2 early wickets of Mendis and Jayasundera at the score of 29. Karunanthe looked solid and made the bowlers bowl to his strength. He batted with solid defense and attacked on the loose balls. He completed his fifty off 136 balls. After that he continued to play according to the merit of the ball. He played a loose stroke and got out for a well made 84. His knock helped Sri Lanka to fight back in the match.
- Chandimal 83
Chandimal knock of 83 not out has helped Sri Lanka to reach 197 for 4 at the end of day 2. Chandimal and Karunanthe put up an excellent partnership of 122 for the 3rd wicket. Chandimal then lost wickets of Karunanthe and Captain Mathews. Chandimal played a crucial knock of 83 runs off 200 balls. He played the fast bowlers and spinners with control. If Sri Lanka has any chance of coming close to New Zealand’s total then Chandimal needs to play a long innings.