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Australia romps to nine-wicket victory

West Indies goes down inside three days as visitor takes 1-0 lead in two-Test series

Australia romps to nine-wicket victory  - Cricket News
Australia completed a nine-wicket victory in the first Test against West Indies at the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica just before stumps on the third day on Friday (June 5).
Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels put on 144 for the fourth wicket stand to keep Australia, which led by 170 runs on the first innings, at bay. Australia’s lead owed itself to Adam Voges's man-of-the-match-winning debut unbeaten hundred that swung the match around. However, Dowrich's dismissal ten minutes before tea triggered a collapse which saw the last seven wickets fall for just 35 runs as West Indies was reduced from 181 for 3 to being bowled out for 216.

Mitchell Starc led the attack with four wickets, the last two coming with the second new ball off successive deliveries. With just 47 required to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, David Warner belted 28 off 20 deliveries before falling to Jerome Taylor, helping Australia chase down the target in just five overs. 
On debut, Dowrich's knock of over four hours, which was full of defiance, was admirable given the state of the match, the condition of the wearing pitch and Australia’s perseverance. Samuels gave him company with fluent strokeplay to top score with 74. The duo, which had come together 20 minutes into the third day, had tested Australia's bowling resources, with Michael Clarke trying his hand for a couple of overs along with Voges as the visiting captain searched for options to break the stubborn stand.
However, once the breakthrough came via Josh Hazlewood getting rid of Dowrich, the floodgates opened. Jermaine Blackwood was stumped off Nathan Lyon, and after Samuels top-edged an attempted hook off Mitchell Johnson to be caught at fine-leg, captain Denesh Ramdin played on to give Lyon his 141st Test wicket, drawing him level with Hugh Trumble as Australia’s most successful Test offspinners. 

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