Darren Bravo walks back to the pavilion after getting caught behind off Josh Hazlewood only to return immediately afterwards © Getty Images
Darren Bravo walks back to the pavilion after getting caught behind off Josh Hazlewood only to return immediately afterwards © Getty Images

The West Indian top-order batting bravely to fend the Australian pacers off after being set a mammoth target of 460. The visitors reached 64 for one at lunch on Day Four of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Rajendra Chandrika has played a real slow innings so far, having gathered only 17 off 93 deliveries with a strike-rate of 18.27, while Darren Bravo survived a dismissal scare moments before lunch thanks to yet another no-ball, this time off Josh Hazlewood’s bowling. West Indies need another 396 runs with nine wickets and five sessions ahead of them if they are to pull off the near-impossible chase. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 2nd Test at Melbourne, Day 4

Australia had declared on their overnight score of 179 for the loss of three wickets before the start of play on the fourth day. Chandrika opened the innings alongside Kraigg Brathwaite, who had scored an impressive 94 in the second innings of the first Test. Brathwaite collected most of the runs in the first few overs while Chandrika barely got off to a start, before the former was caught at slip by opposition skipper Steven Smith while attempting a cut off Nathan Lyon. West Indies lost their first wicket with 35 on board as a result, with Darren Bravo, the top-scorer from the first innings, walking out to bat. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 2nd Test at Melbourne, Day 4

Chandrika and Bravo continued to fend the Australian attack off thereafter, both taking their sweet time in collecting runs. The Australian frustration grew steadily with the passage of the overs, and increased even further after the umpires turned down an lbw appeal by Pattinson, not granting the review to the fielding side either. Bravo then earned a big reprieve moments before lunch when he got a thick edge off Hazlewood and started to walk back towards the pavilion, but returned moments later as the replays showed Hazlewood marginally stepping out of the crease.

This turned out to be the third such instance in the match so far, with Pattinson having overstepped twice on Day Three, dismissing Carlos Brathwaite on both occasions (on scores of 10 and 50 respectively).

Brief scores:

Australia 551 for 3 decl. (Steven Smith 134*, Adam Voges 106*; Jerome Taylor 2 for 97), 178 for 3 (Steven Smith 70*, Usman Khawaja 56; Jason Holder 2 for 49) lead West Indies 271 (Darren Bravo 81, Carlos Brathwaite 59; Nathan Lyon 4 for 66, James Pattinson 4 for 72) and 64 for 1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 31, Rajendra Chandrika 17*; Nathan Lyon 1 for 10) by 395 runs.

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