On the third day of the second Test, Australia required 156 more runs to defeat West Indies. Here’s a summary of what happened.
This concludes our coverage for tonight. We will return tomorrow to witness the end of a potentially tense run chase. Don’t worry, it won’t be as nerve-wracking as the Adelaide 1993 game. However, it might be a good idea to have a stress ball nearby, just in case.
Australia had a strong performance given the circumstances. Despite West Indies being in a good position at 123 for three and 148 for four, only Kirk McKenzie was able to score well with 41 runs from 50 balls. However, after tea, West Indies appeared to be more focused on the time rather than their score, resulting in a slow innings.
Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon each claimed three wickets, while Travis Head made a crucial contribution to the innings with a fantastic run-out of Kavem Hodge. Mitchell Starc also removed Shamar Joseph from play with a powerful yorker that hit his toe.
This was a notable event as it resulted in West Indies only having three seamers left. Australia faced early losses with Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, but Steve Smith played calmly and Cameron Green had a lucky streak, scoring fifty runs. Green remained at the end of the game; the rest is just speculation.
At the end of the 19th over, Australia’s score is 60-2 with Smith at 33 runs and Green at 9 runs. Greaves bowled a calm over with no challenges for Green. Green will continue tomorrow, along with the crucial return of Steve Smith for Australia. Smith’s impressive 33 not out displayed his strong batting skills and brings some reassurance to Australia despite losing Khawaja and Labuschagne. They still require 156 runs to secure a win.
Australia is currently at 58-2 in the 18th over, with Smith scoring 32 and Green scoring 8. It is possible that this could be the final over of the day, but Roach needs to pick up the pace in between deliveries to prevent it from being the case. Smith, who is not batting at the moment, tries to help Green out by attempting a fast single towards mid-on, but it is deemed too risky and Green tells him to return to his position.
Green does not hit the ball when it narrowly misses the stump on the off side. Roach crouches down and walks back to his position at a leisurely pace. Hurry up! Green is struck on the pad, missing the leg, and then scores a run towards the off side. He will hope that this will be the last ball he has to face for today.
There is still time for one more over.
In the 17th over, Australia’s score is 57-2 with Smith scoring 32 and Green scoring 7. Greaves delivers a superb over and it concludes with Green nearly getting caught at second slip. It’s safe to say he is barely clinging on.
The color green is still in play! It was too high. The review was not favorable. However, the bowling technique was excellent.
The West Indies are requesting a review for LBW against Green.
The absence of Shamar Joseph has been detrimental to West Indies, as both Alzarri Joseph and Greaves have had to bowl six-over spells on a hot evening.
Greaves has sufficient energy left to defeat Green with back-to-back deliveries. Both were excellent, with the right amount of distance and movement off the seam to surpass a strong defensive shot.
The following ball hits the pad with a loud thud, prompting a strong LBW appeal. I believe it may have been too high, but the West Indies team has decided to challenge it.
In the 16th over, Australia’s score is 54 for 2 wickets with Smith at 31 runs and Green at 6 runs. The West Indies team appears to be lacking energy, as evidenced by Roach’s lack of enthusiasm in appealing for an LBW when Smith blocks a ball outside off stump with his pad. The ball was far off from hitting the stumps, so perhaps Roach is just being a good sport.
When Green does not hit a ball that bounces over the off stump, Roach becomes more expressive. He then defends weakly while attempting to avoid hitting the ball again.
In the 15th over, Australia’s score is 52-2 with Smith at 30 and Green at 5. Smith confidently hits Greaves for two runs through extra cover, bringing him into the thirties. He appears to be in a dominant position, not just for West Indies, but for all of world cricket. If he successfully masters this new role, which is still uncertain, he will cause a great deal of trouble for bowlers in the coming years.
In the 14th over, Australia’s score is 50-2 with Smith at 28 runs and Green at 5 runs. Joseph takes a break and is replaced by Roach. Smith hits a single to reach the Australian fifty. He has been in good form, with TV commentators noting his reduced movement at the crease.
There are twenty minutes remaining, which suggests there will be four or five overs left. Australia requires 166 runs to secure a victory.
In the 13th over, Australia’s score is 48-2 with Smith at 27 and Green at 4. Greaves delivers a yorker, which Green successfully defends and earns a single by hitting it down the ground. Unfortunately, it was not a strong over from Greaves.
Eamonn Maloney expresses that Marn’s struggles, despite being reminiscent of a Saul Bellow novel he wanted people to see him reading in college, have now expanded to more than just a few paragraphs. There seems to be no clear technical issue, but Marn appears to be struggling with it. This may seem worse than it actually is due to how effortlessly he used to handle it. However, with three sixties and an average of 28 for the summer, one person’s underperformance may be another person’s satisfactory performance.
This is currently his least successful season since 2018-19, when he did not perform as well as he does now. However, he should do well in the near future, although the New Zealand tour may be challenging for someone with difficulties in hitting the off-stump.
In the 12th over, Australia’s score is 46-2 with Smith at 27 and Green at 3. Green has not been performing well lately, not scoring any half-centuries for Australia since March. A shot from Joseph results in a leading edge that lands safely on the off side, followed by a thick inside edge that earns a single run. Joseph has bowled an impressive spell of 6-1-19-1 and may attempt to continue from this end, but that would require at least nine consecutive overs from him.
“Hey Rob,” Bill Hargreaves writes. “This game is shaping up to be quite exciting.”
I believe Australia is in a fairly comfortable position, but if Smith manages to score one more tonight, it could potentially lead to some confrontation between the opposing teams.
In the 11th over, Australia’s score is 44-2 with Smith at 26 and Green at 2. If another wicket falls, the game would become more intense. Greaves makes a loud appeal against the recently arrived batter, Green.
That’s the perfect place to bowl! Greaves expertly turns Labuschagne’s delivery, causing it to seam and bounce perfectly. Sinclair at second slip skillfully catches the edge.
He made a great catch, using both hands as he moved to his right, and then showed off in celebration. Labuschagne finishes a disappointing series with a total of 19 runs and an average of 6.33.
In the 10th over, Australia’s score is 40 for 1 with Smith at 26 and Labuschagne at 3. Joseph bowls an inswinging delivery which Labuschagne defends with confidence. I briefly thought it may have gone through him, but he handled it well and even manages to score three runs on the next delivery.
so there COME
Smith hits a pull shot that falls short of the deep backward square fielder. However, it was deemed a no-ball regardless, so he will still get to bat.
In the 9th over, Australia’s score is 34-1 with Smith at 24 and Labuschagne at 0. Smith hits another poor pitch from Greaves over square leg for four runs. In the commentary box, Mark Waugh comments, “You can’t bowl short at that speed.”
Greaves is struggling to control both line and length, never a great combination for a bowler. When he does land one in the right spot, Smith is turned round and thick edges short of gully. There’s still a bit in this for the West Indies, but they need at least two more wickets tonight.
In the eighth over, Australia is at 30-1 with Smith at 20 and Labuschagne at 0. Labuschagne nervously lets a ball from Joseph pass, as he has struggled in the series with only 14 runs. He is being cautious in his approach. The over results in a maiden.
In the seventh over, Australia’s score is 30 for 1, with Smith at 20 and Labuschagne at 0. Since Shamar Joseph is not on the field, Justin Greaves is brought in for the first change. His second delivery is poor, a short one that Smith easily pulls for four runs. This is Smith’s fourth boundary and he seems to be in good form as he reaches his twenties for the first time as an opener. There is approximately one hour of play left for tonight.