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Hilfenhaus stars as Aussies restrict WindiesPosted: April 10, 2012
The West Indies cricketers are in some problems heading into the 5th and final day of the first test against Australia at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
This after dominating the opening days of the game on their way to piling up a massive 449 for 9 declared.
The Aussies bounced back in dramatic fashion on Tuesday's 4th day to take control of the game as the Windies ended the day at 71 for 5 for an overall lead of 114 with 5 second innings wickets in hand.
Darren Bravo with a knock of 32 and Narsingh Deonarine with an unbeaten 20 shared in a crucial 5th wicket partnership worth 50 after Ben Hilfenhaus had ripped through the West Indian top order reducing them to 4 runs for three wickets (Kirk Edwards 1, Kraigg Braithwaite 0 and Adrian Barath 2 all back in the pavilion in a 26 minute spell before tea).
They were followed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul 13 and Bravo as the Windies limped to the close of the day’s play.
Earlier the Aussies started the day at 248 for 5, replying to the host’s 449 for 9, saw Hilfenhaus 24 and Ryan Harris putting on 44 for the 9th wicket, but it was the 77 run partnership for the last wicket between Harris and Nathan Lyon that dug into the advantage held by the West Indies.
Harris was left not out on 68 and Lyon on 40 as the Aussies got to 406 for 9 when skipper Michael Clarke who had earlier made 73 announced the declaration.
Scores heading into the final day, West Indies 449 for 9 declared, and 71 for 5, Australia 406 for 9 declared.