Windies stare at defeat after Oz massive target
West Indies are staring in the face of a series defeat as Australia established a commanding hold on the third day of the second Test at Sabina Park here.
Australia have made a confident gamble by giving West Indies a massive assignment with a winning target of nearly 400 to make in more than two days after declaring their second innings on 212/2 after tea on Saturday, reports CMC.
Earlier, Australia, who piled up 399 in their first innings, bowled out West Indies for 220 just before lunch to further reinforce their dominance on the home side in the lopsided encounter.
At stumps, West Indies, in their second innings, were reeling on 16/2, losing openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Rajendra Chandrika, who both fell in the first over bowled by Mitchell Starc.
Brathwaite departed without scoring while Chandrika’s Test debut horror continued with his second duck in a row.
Denesh Ramdin’s men require another 376 runs with eight wickets intact and two days available. All-rounder Jason Holder emerged as the star of West Indies first innings with a brilliant knock to save the home side from <g data-gr-id="83">follow on</g> even as Australia were asserting <g data-gr-id="110">their</g> <g data-gr-id="84">strangle hold</g> on the match.
Holder’s lusty hitting propelled him to a top score of 82 as West Indies, resuming from their overnight 143/8, were all out for 220 before lunch, 179 runs adrift of Australia’s first innings total of 399.
Holder was in <g data-gr-id="82">no nonsense</g> mood as he clattered his way to 82 off 63 from an overnight 13, hitting 12 fours and two sixes.