By CricketCountry Staff
Bridgetown (Barbados): Apr 8, 2012
Kirk Edwards and Kraigg Brathwaite stroked contrasting half-centuries to give the West Indies a strong start but rain forced an anti-climatic end to the opening day of the first Test against Australia here Saturday.
Edwards struck an entertaining 61 while Brathwaite carved out a painstaking 57 as they helped propel West Indies to 179 for three, an hour after tea at Kensington Oval.
However, steady drizzles swept across the ground and persisted until the scheduled close, forcing umpires to abandon any hopes of a restart.
Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo was unbeaten on 20 at the close and was partnered by veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 8.
It was a disappointing end to a day that promised so much, especially after Edwards and Brathwaite batted with consummate easy against an Australian attack devoid of penetration.
The pair put on 104 for the second wicket, a partnership that was ended 18 minutes before tea when Edwards smashed a return catch to part-time leg-spinner David Warner at 142 for two.
He faced 107 balls in 147 minutes at the crease, and struck nine fours and a lofted six over long-on off off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
In contrast, Brathwaite was his usual obdurate self in an innings spanning a shade over four-and-a-half hours, requiring 199 balls and containing four fours.
He lived somewhat of a charmed life, however. He was put down by fast bowler Peter Siddle on 10 off a sharp caught and bowled chance at 25 without loss and was also dropped by Ricky Ponting at second slip off medium pacer Shane Watson when on 44 at 104 for one, as the fielder dived one-handed to his right.
He ran out of luck half-an-hour after tea when he nibbled at a delivery of little merit from Siddle and was taken behind by debutant wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
Brief Score: West Indies 179 for 3 (Kirk Edwards 61, Kraigg Brathwaite 57; David Warner 1 for 23) vs Australia