Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Three of the ongoing second Test between Australia and West Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. We, Amit Banerjee and Sakshi Gupta, will be presenting the live updates of the game as and when they happen. The West Indians struggled their way against the Australian attack to a score of 91 for the loss of six wickets at stumps on Day Two, with Darren Bravo batting on 13 with debutant Carlos Brathwaite on three. The Australian trio of James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle shared two wickets each amongst themselves to nearly strangle the life out of the underperforming visitors, who have appeared uninterested and listless so far in the series and appear set for another heavy defeat in this match. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 2nd Test at Melbourne, Day 3


 

DAY REPORT: Steven Smith remains unbeaten as Australia finish at 179-3 on Day 3 of 2nd Test vs West Indies at Melbourne


 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Australia 179/3 | Overs 32 | Lead 459 | BATTING: Steven Smith 39(45), Mitchell Marsh 1(2): After Usman Khawaja’s dismissal, West Indies failed to make any more breakthroughs for the day. Australia looked comfortable at stumps of Day Three with two more days left in the game. The commentators cleared about Smith not enforcing the follow-on during Australia batted. The Australian bowlers were too tired so to avoid their action once again, Smith chose to bat again. It will be interesting to watch if West Indies make an effort to save this match. Their fight back on Day Three was the only instance when the visitors showed they still have the determination to win left in them. Without that attitude of theirs, the series was considered dully one-sided.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Australia 124/3 | Overs 23 | Lead 404 | BATTING: Steven Smith 39(45), Mitchell Marsh 1(2): OUT! Khawaja changed positions twice before Holder bowled the delivery. While looking to lap-sweep the fuller from Holder, Khawaja ends up literally handing the ball safely into the gloves of Denesh Ramdin. A second wicket for Holder, Khawaja’s dismissal brings in Mitchell Marsh in. This is change from Smith, Marsh coms ahead of Adam Voges who was unbeaten on 106 in the first innings. OUT! Usman Khawaja c Denesh Ramdin b Jason Holder 56(61)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Australia 118/2 | Overs 22 | Lead 398 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 52(59), Steven Smith 37(42): Khawaja finally gets the strike, single and he brings up his 3rd Test fifty. Khawaja has mad the full use of West Indies’ poor form by scoring as many runs as he can to ensure selectors think of him while selecting the side for New Zealand tour next year. Both the batsmen continue to score runs on regular intervals. Is declaration in mind for Smith anytime soon? Lets see!


 

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LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Australia 47/2 | Overs 11 | Lead 327 | BATTING: Usman Khawaja 23(32), Steven Smith 1(3): WICKET! Carlos Brathwaite strikes, maiden Test wicket for him, what a debut this is turning out to be for the 27-year-old. Short ball again did the trick. While Warner targeted the gully, he only managed to find Jason Holder at second slip who made no mistake in the taking the catch. The thrilled bowler runs and slides while celebrating his first Test wicket. West Indies are finally creating moments of joy for themselves at MCG. Steven Smith comes in next! OUT! David Warner c Jason Holder b Carlos Brathwaite 17(22)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Australia 7/1 | Overs 2 | Lead 287 | BATTING: David Warner 2(2), Usman Khawaja 0(1): WIKCET! What a start from the West Indian skipper, struck in his very first over. A fuller length delivery from him, Burns who scored a boundary on the first ball he faced is wanting to hit more of those. No footwork from him, flicks as the ball flies into the hands of Kraigg Brathwaite in teh second slip. Burns’ wicket left Australia at 7 for 1. Wets Indies need early wickets to get abck into the game. First innings’ top-scorer Khawaja is next in! OUT! Joe Burns c Kraigg Brathwaite b Jason Holder  4(9)4 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Australia 6/0 | Overs 1 | Lead 286 | BATTING: Joe Burns 4(4), David Warner 1(2): Although the match was anticipated to get over today seeing the based on the poor form of the Windies, however the decision of the Australian skiper Steven Smith of not enforcing the follow-on might take the match into Day 4. Jerome Taylor opened bowling for West Indies and was hit for a four on the first delivery by Joe Burns. 6 runs off the first over.


Play resumes after Tea


UPDATE: Steven Smith has decided not to enforce the follow-on. Australia who lead by 280 runs will bat after the Tea break. 

TEA/INNINGS REPORT: James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon help Australia bundle out West Indies for 271 on Day 3 of 2nd Test at Melbourne

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies 271 | 100.3 overs | Trail 280 | BATTING: Jomel Warrican 11(35): OUT! And James Pattinson finsihes off the job for Australia by bring Darren Bravo’s fight to an end. Bravo who has been the lone warrior for West Indeis in this innings scored a patient 204-ball 81 before becoming Pattinson’s 4th wicket of the innings, just five minutes before Tea. A fuller delivery from Pattinson a little outside off, Bravo tried to drive it eventually the ball found flight and was caught by Smith at the gully. OUT! Darren Bravo c Steven Smith b Pattinson 81(204)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies 240/9 | 91 overs | Trail 311 | BATTING: Darren Bravo 61(176), Jomel Warrican 0(5): OUT! AUstralia’s best off-spinner strikes again! He seems to be picking wickets effortlessly. Lyon got the line and length perfect, there was no way Taylor could not get uncomfortable. He tried to play it while he managed only an inside edge into the gloves of Peter Nevill behind the wickets. One wikcet to go, will Australia enforce the follow-on? Lets see! Taylor becomes Lyon’s 4th wicket, levaing WI at 239 for 9. OUT! Jerome Taylor c Peter Nevill b Nathan Lyon 15(22)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies 216/8 | 85 overs | Trail 335 | BATTING: Darren Bravo 52(161), Jerome Taylor 0(6): WICKET! Roach’s resistence of 44 balls comes to an end. James Pattinson traps him leg before wicket to leave the visitors once again in an inconsolable position. A straight ball of a perfect length from Pattinson hit Roach straight which definitely was hitting the inside part of the leg stump. Despite seeming plumb, Roach asks for a review. However the decision remains the same, he has to walk off the field. It was Pattinson’s 3rd wicket of the match. OUT! Kemar Roach LBW b James Pattinson 22(44)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies 212/7 | 82 overs | Trail 339 | BATTING: Darren Bravo 51(154), Kemar Roach 18(38): Three runs on the fifth delivery of the 82nd over and Bravo brings up his 14th Test fifty. What a time for play this knock. He has stuck while the other batsmen around him threw away their wickets, leaving West Indies in miserable trouble. However a fifty is not enough to avoid a defeat, he has to convert it into a big knock, but he will surely need the support from the other end. A crucuial moment for Roach as well. An experience of 35 Tests is more tham enough for Roach to play that role now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies 173/7 in 71.3 overs; BATTING: Darren Bravo 35(130): And its lunch on Day 3 of the ongoing Test, with Carlos Brathwaite dismissed after Nathan Lyon takes a superb return catch to end the 90-run stand. Superb, courageous knock by the young debutant, who came in at a time when his side were down and out, and managed to give his side something to cheer about at the end of the session. Both Bravo and Brathwaite were extremely patient in their approach, with the latter batting on 35 off 130 balls, with only three boundaries to their credit. It is evident that Bravo is playing for a draw, although the manner with which Pattinson, Siddle and Lyon have been ripping through the West Indian batting order might make that hope a distant one. Read the session report here. OUT! Carlos Brathwatie c & b Nathan Lyon 59(126)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: West Indies 114/6 in 53 overs; BATTING: Darren Bravo 15(94), Carlos Brathwaite 23(50): Bravo is busy stonewalling his way at the moment, not having scored a single boundary in his 94-ball innings so far, collecting 15 runs. Brathwaite meanwhile, cops a nasty blow to his helmet off Pattinson’s bowling, with the bowler and the rest of the Australians coming in to check on him. BOWLED! Brathwaite misses the line of the ball completely while attempting to clear midwicket. And its a NO-BALL! Pattinson manages to overstep in the same delivery that he gets the breakthrough in, granting the lucky Brathwaite a fresh lease of life on debut!

Before running through their top-order, the Australian pair of Steven Smith and Adam Voges managed to consolidate their team’s overnight score of 345 for three, adding another 206 runs with Smith and Voges reaching their 13th and fourth Test centuries respectively during the marathon stand. The West Indian bowlers were made to look like amateurs once again against the stroke-filled batting of the pair. Voges, meanwhile, became the third cricketer in the history of the sport to complete 1,000 runs in the debut year, with former Australian captain Mark Taylor and England skipper Alastair Cook being the only other cricketers to have achieved the feat before.

Teams:

Australia: Joe Burns, David Warner, Steven Smith (c), Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.

Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of Day 3 of the 2nd Test between Australia and West Indies 2015-16 here