Carlos Brathwaite batted aggressively for his 69 © Getty Images
Carlos Brathwaite batted aggressively for his 69 © Getty Images

West Indies were reduced to 248 for 7 in their first innings by Australia in their first innings of their third and final Test in the ongoing Frank Worrell Trophy 2015-16. The match is being played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The majority of play was washed out on Monday as the rains played spoilsport for the first time ever in this series. Australia have already sealed a series win as they won the first two Tests of this ongoing three-match Test series by a comfortable margin. The West Indies are facing a humongous task to return home as their pride has been severely dented on this tour.

The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first in this third and final Test. Kraigg Brathwaite played a splendid innings of 85 from 174 balls which was studded with 10 boundaries, but did not get any strong support from his teammates.

Shai Hope was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood for 9 off 17 balls, which brought Darren Bravo to the crease. The left-handed batsman, who has been the only bright spot for the West Indies on this shambolic tour, once again stepped up for his side.

Bravo and Brathwaite added 91 runs for the second wicket, before the former was dismissed by right-arm Australian bowler James Pattinson. Bravo faced 95 balls, and struck six boundaries to score 33.

The West Indies once again went through a lean patch as their middle and lower order failed to capitalise. It was only because of the late resistance shown by Ramdin (30 not out) and Carlos Brathwaite (69) that the West Indies were able to get near to the 250-run mark.