West Indies vs Australia – 1st Test – Live Cricket Score and Update
West Indies maintained their promising resurgence against Australia, scoring 449 for 9 in their first innings at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados on April 8, 2012 – aided by three scores in excess of 50, along with a sublime 25th ton for
veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The visitors were then given 10 overs on Day 2 to play out, which they negotiated easily with David Warner and Ed Cowan remaining unbeaten on 27 and 13 respectively to help their side post 44.
It was another dominating display from the host’s batters after Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo resumed the proceedings from their previous day’s standing of 179 for 3. Both left-handers never looked hurried and kept on piling runs with noticeable ease.
The Aussies bowlers failed to extract much from the track, which had already seen Clarke resorting to his part-timers – including David Warner, Michael Hussey and himself. The first session saw the Windies collect over 100 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Bravo put behind his poor ODI form to register 51, before getting out off Watson, while Narsingh Deonarine’s return game saw him score 21. Chanderpaul had reached his half-century and went on playing with little fuss. Carlton Baugh partnered the veteran
to add 31 for the 6th wicket but departed, following a direct hit from Ryan Harris.
The second session was a much brighter affair, mainly owed to the aggressive hitting of skipper Darren Sammy, who hit four fours and three sixes to make a rapid fire 41 off 36. He was dazed by a precise bouncer from Shane Watson but stayed on to hit the
medium-pacer for two maximum strikes. His partnership with the left-hander had crossed 51 before Ben Hilfenhaus and Ed Cowan combined to dismiss him.
The damage however, had been done and the final session saw the tail-enders chipping in with double figure scores to help Chanderpaul in reaching his 25th career ton – becoming the highest-run getter at this venue, surpassing the great Brian Lara.
The hosts finally declared on a mammoth 449 for 9, and also registered a surprising maiden feat - all batters had scored 10 or more runs.
Warner and Cowan then came to open for the Aussies and the aggressor, evidently, remained the former, who struck three boundaries in his 27 off 29 to help his side put 44 at stumps.