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Hilfenhaus stars as Aussies restrict Windies

Posted: April 10, 2012
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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.

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