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Starc strikes as Australia grabs control

West Indies slumps to 16 for 2 after being set 392 for series-levelling victory

Starc strikes as Australia grabs control
  - Cricket News
Off just the third ball of the innings, Mitchell Starc had Kraigg Brathwaite bowled off the inside edge.
Australia put itself in a great position to grab the two-match Test series against West Indies 2-0 after the third day of the second Test on Saturday (June 13).

Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, declared the second innings closed on 212 for 2 during the final session. As it turned out, the move paid dividend with West Indies losing two wickets in the first over of its second innings.

Chasing a target of 392 to level the series, the host was 16 for 2 at stumps in Kingston, still needing 376 runs for victory.

With more than two days left, Australia could have batted West Indies out of the game. But after having dismissed the host for 220 in the first innings to take a lead of 179, Clarke boldly declared his team's second innings to give his bowlers eight overs to bowl before stumps on day three.

Off just the third ball of the innings, Mitchell Starc had Kraigg Brathwaite bowled off the inside edge. Brathwaite flirted with a delivery outside his offstump and dragged it on, and returning to the hut for a duck.

West Indies lost another wicket in the form of Rajendra Chandrika off the final ball of the same over when he too tried to slash at a ball well wide of offstump and ended up giving a catch to Shaun Marsh. With this, he became just the second West Indies player to record a duck in both innings on debut.

Darren Bravo (8) successfully reviewed a leg before shout won by offspinner Nathan Lyon as he and Shane Dowrich (1) batted through to stumps.

Australia, which won the first Test by nine wickets, is seeking to sweep the two-Test series ahead of the Ashes against England, with the first Test in Cardiff less than a month away.

West Indies began the third morning at 143 for 8 in response to Australia’s 399, and Jason Holder stole the show with a brilliant, counter-attacking innings.

Holder swatted the Australian bowlers to all corners of Sabina Park with an aggressive display of lusty hitting. His unbeaten 82 came off only 63 balls and included 12 fours and two sixes, helping West Indies avoid the follow on.

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