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Australia takes series after big win over West Indies

Hosts manage just 114 in second innings as visitors canter to a 2-0 series sweep

Australia takes series after big win over West Indies  - Cricket News
Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Australia's bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, produced a high-quality performance to shoot out West Indies, chasing 392, for 114 in their second innings to hand the hosts a 277-run loss on the fourth day of the second and final Test on Sunday (June 14) in Kingston, Jamaica.

The win gave Australia a 2-0 sweep after it had won the first Test in Dominica by nine wickets. 

West Indies had resumed on 16 for 2 on the fourth day but lost five wickets in the morning session to head to lunch at 72 for 7.

It scored at a brisk rate upon resumption and leg byes and edges flew to the boundary, much to the annoyance of Australia, as West Indies collected 38 runs in the first five overs. But all that changed when Mitchell Johnson induced an outside edge from Denesh Ramdin that was held by Michael Clarke at second slip. Ramdin's defiant stay ended at 29. 

Nathan Lyon (2 for 12) then finished the game off with two wickets in the next over. Kemar Roach fell first after Steve Smith held a bat-pad offer at short leg. Two deliveries later, Lyon cleaned up Jerome Taylor when an almighty swing from the No. 11 made no contact. 


 

The day began with West Indies suffering a middle-order collapse. Starc (3 for 19) began with a few wide deliveries that neither Shane Dowrich nor Darren Bravo, the overnight batsmen, was interested in going after. But Starc soon started hitting a better line and length and added one more to his overnight tally when he cleaned up Dowrich with a full inswinger in the fifth over of the day. Dowrich paid the price for attempting to flick across the line as the ball went off the back pad and crashed into the off stump. 

Hazlewood (2 for 9) was supremely accurate and was soon rewarded when Bravo edged one to gully. Hazlewood got a good length ball to straighten from outside off and Bravo, who pushed at it with hard hands, got an outside edge and Shaun Marsh completed a sharp, low catch. 

There was no relief for West Indies as Hazlewood struck again in his next over when Jermaine Blackwood, yet to get off the mark, chopped a full ball on to his stumps. 

The introduction of Johnson and Lyon resulted in a quiet phase as Shai Hope (16) and Ramdin tried to make amends for the wobble. 

The duo managed to keep Australia's bowlers at bay for the next few overs but, just as they seemed to be settling down, Johnson had an entry in the wickets column when he had Hope bowled. After sending down a few short ones, Johnson got a good length ball to nip back in and breached Hope's defence. 

Jason Holder was the source of some frustration for Australia in the first innings when his audacious hitting had helped the hosts avoid the follow-on mark, but Shane Watson ensured there wouldn't be a repeat when he had Holder popping a simple catch to short midwicket. 

Ramdin continued to be defiant and, in the company of Veerasammy Permaul, managed to prevent further loss till the lunch break. But the cluster of wickets meant significant damage had already been inflicted and the fate of the game was more or less sealed. 

To see the full scorecard of this match, please click here. 

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