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Lyon's 5-68 puts Aussies in command

A spell of four for eleven 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.

West Indies finished the day at 252 for nine still trailing by 59 runs having, at one point, looked as though they would have a lead after a sterling fifth 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 Decision Review System (DRS) caused controversy before a ball had even been bowled. There were 5.3 overs still to be sent down from the previous day following rain on Monday, with the West Indies due to resume on 49-3.

Michael Beer was set to bowl the first ball when everyone started walking back off the field, as it transpired that there was no power supply for the cameras and hence DRS was not available. After much discussion, power was restored and play resumed with only 20 minutes lost.

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 plumb lbw for 38.

In a desperate decision the batsman decided to use the DRS but to no avail. The 62-run fourth-wicket partnership had been broken and all four dismissals had been lbw. 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.
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