West Indies ends day 2 of second Test on 143/8 after Smith’s 199 powers Australia to 399
West Indies was reduced to 143 for 8 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 399 on the second day of the second and final Test at the Sabina Park in Kingston on Tuesday (June 12).
The pillar for Australia was Steve Smith, who fell one short of a maiden double century. He marshalled the tail in the first half of the day to steer Australia close to the 400-run mark. In the afternoon, Nathan Lyon, the offspinner, prised out three wickets to march ahead of Hugh Trumble as Australia’s most successful Test off-spinner ever with 144 victims.
He was superbly complemented by Josh Hazlewood, who also claimed three scalps, including Jermaine Blackwood for 51, in another typically miserly effort. Two wickets in the last two overs of the day left West Indies in a spot, needing another 56 runs to avoid the follow-on.
Having batting with resolve and control, Smith became only the third Australian and eighth batsman in Test history to be dismissed for 199. He fell when Jerome Taylor, who finished with the outstanding figures of 6 for 47, trapped him lbw after he had batted for close to nine hours.
Smith’s wicket broke another stubborn partnership involving Hazlewood, who contributed 24 in the 63-run ninth-wicket standwas last out, giving Veerasammy Permaul, the left-arm spinner, his only wicket of the innings.
West Indies was pegged back early when Rajendra Chandrika (0), the debutant, edged an attempted drive off Mitchell Starc to Brad Haddin. Lyon, brought in early, responded to the challenge by dismissing the other opener, Kraigg Brathwaite (4) and then trapped Darren Bravo (14) lbw. Although it showed traces of fight, West Indies couldn’t recover from the early blows.
In the morning session, Taylor had made good use of the second new ball in completing the fourth five-wicket innings haul of his Test career and third on his home ground. He bowled Shane Watson for 25 and then got rid of Haddin, who had raced away to 22 off 23 balls.
Kemar Roach, who looked patchy on the opening day, then claimed the wicket of Mitchell Johnson when Bravo timed his jump perfectly to pouch one at first slip and Jason Holder accounted for Starc, raising the prospect of the West Indies finishing off the Australian innings before lunch. However Smith found a resolute partner in Hazlewood, as Australia laid the foundation in style.
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