Australia grasped the third Test vs. West Indies by 75 runs.

Australia 328 (Matthew Wade 106, David Warner 50, Shane Shillingford 6-119) and 259 (Ricky Ponting 57, Ed Cowans 55, Shillingford 4-100) beat West Indies 218 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 68, Kieran Powell 40, Nathan Lyon 4-69) and 294 (Chanderpaul 69, Darren Sammy 61, Michael Clarke 5-86) by 75 runs.

The Australians celebrate victory
The Australians celebrate victory

Australia knocked down West Indies by 75 runs in the third Test besides a little resistance shown by Darren Sammy in the dying moments of the game.

Matthew Wade (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his excellent match winning knock of 106 runs in the first innings.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unanimously declared ‘Player of the series’ for his commendable batting. He was the highest run getter in the series by thrashing 346 runs at an excellent average of 86.50 with the best score of unbeaten 103 comprising three fifties.

Australia hammered 328 runs in the first innings and West Indies responded with 218 and conceded a lead of 110 runs. The visitors managed 259 in their second innings and set a huge target of 370 runs while the home side was bowled out for 294 runs.

The third and final Test of the series came to an end on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica.

Earlier, West Indies started their second innings at their overnight score of 173 runs in 67.1 overs as half of their side went back to the pavilion and Narsingh Deonarine was at the crease with 11 runs. Carlton Baugh came out to bat with Deonarine and Michael Clarke completed the 68th over as a maiden. Nathan Lyon took over the ball from the other end as the batsmen found it hard to score the runs and managed just five runs when the last ball of the 73rd over was bowled.

Clarke made the first breakthrough of the day on the last ball of the 74th over when Deonarine was caught and bowled by him for 13 runs. Darren Sammy walked in next, opted to attack and hit a six on the second ball of the 77th over. He added 26 runs for the seventh wicket when Baugh was caught smartly at midwicket off Nathan Lyon for 12 runs.

The seventh wicket was gone at 206 as Sammy took charge and dispatched 17 runs in the 82nd over off Clarke with a couple of fours and one six. He continued his aggressive knock as the wickets kept on sliding at the other end when Ravi Rampaul became the ninth victim for 11 runs as the score touched 245. Shane Shillingford came in the centre and gathered three consecutive fours in the 89th over off Lyon as Sammy completed his fifty on the last ball of the 90th over.

Sammy was finally caught at short fine leg by Ben Hilfenhaus off Lyon for 61 from 51 balls with 3 towering sixes and 4 fours. Shillingford remained unbeaten on 31 off 45 deliveries with 6 fours and the innings of West Indies was folded back on 294 runs in 96.3 overs.

Michael Clarke led the bowling attack by grabbing five wickets, Nathan Lyon held three as Ben Hilfenhaus and Shane Watson claimed one wicket each.

Australia won the three match series 2-0 which was the 17th Test victory against West Indies since 2000.


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