Lyon puts Australia in charge
Added At: 2012-04-18 10:18 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-18 10:18 PM
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
PORT OF SPAIN: A spell of 4-11 by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon put Australia in charge at Queen’s Park Oval at the end of the third day of the second Test on Tuesday.
West Indies finished the day at 252-9 still trailing by 59 runs having, at one point, looked as though they would have a lead after a sterling fifth wicket partnership work from Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine roused home hope before tea.
But Lyon gave Australia a good chance of wrapping up the three-match series after they won the first Test in Barbados. The first major incident on the field happened in Lyon’s third over of the morning. He found the edge of Chanderpaul’s bat and the ball hit wicket-keeper Matthew Wade on the left thigh before deflecting straight to Michael Clarke at first slip, but the Australia captain was unable to re-adjust.
After about an hour’s play, Clarke turned to his support bowlers, with Mike Hussey coming on at one end and Shane Watson at the other. The tactic worked. With the fifth ball of his second over, Hussey appeared to have Darren Bravo (38) trapped leg before wicket. The batsman decided to use the DRS but to no avail.
The 62-run fourth-wicket partnership had been broken. Chanderpaul and Deonarine then almost saw their hard work undone in a risky moment off the last ball before lunch. Chanderpaul pushed wide of mid-on, where Hussey swooped and threw to Wade, who broke the wicket. Deonarine just made his ground. After lunch, the West Indies batsmen started to attack and in the 14 overs before rain arrived, the fifth wicket produced another 56 runs.
Following a 90-minute rain delay, the one hundred partnership was brought up when Chanderpaul swung Michael Beer for a six. Leon first ball had Deonarine coming down the wicket to him but he didn’t get to the pitch of the ball. It spun past his bat and Wade knocked off the bails.
The fifth wicket partnership with Chanderpaul had finally been broken. They had added 130 runs in 44 overs taking West Indies to 230-5. At the end of his next over Lyons took the wicket that Australia really wanted, trapping Chanderpaul LBW for 94 when he beat the inside edge.
Lyon sealed a five-wicket innings when he had Kemar Roach neatly taken down the leg-side by Wade before he had scored. West Indies had lost four wickets for nineteen runs with Lyon taking them all.