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Aus take the upper hand after Wade's ton

After scoring 328 all out, Australia derailed West Indies' first innings to 165 for 8.

April 24, 2012, 10:05 PM IST
Aus take the upper hand after Wade's ton

Roseau, Dominica: Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade hit a maiden Test century on Tuesday and Australia's bowlers followed up by derailing the West Indies' first innings as the tourists took full control on day two of the third and final Test at Windsor Park.

Wade's aggressive 106 off 146 balls guided Australia to 328 all out and the West Indies limped to close on 165 for 8, still behind by 163 runs. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon led the visitors with 3 for 49.

Kieran Powell top-scored with 40 for the hosts, while veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (34 not out) and Ravi Rampaul (24 not out) offered late resistance.

Earlier, Wade dominated the morning session as Australia, resuming on 212 for 7, got a sterling contribution from their lower order. The 24-year-old Wade, in only his third Test, smacked 10 fours and three sixes in 3 hours, 12 minutes.

Off-spinner Shane Shillingford finished with a career-best haul of 6 for 119.

Wade, overnight 22, had not added when pacer Kemar Roach spilled a difficult, head high return catch as the batsman pulled powerfully. Wade and fellow left-hander Mitchell Starc, who came together at 169 for 7 on day one, stretched their eighth wicket stand to 57 before a lazy run out broke the association.

Starc, who contributed 35 off 55 balls with a four and a six, was trotting in at the wicketkeeper's end but was caught short by Kraigg Brathwaite's long throw from long-off at 226 for 8.

But West Indies' joy was shortlived as Wade took control in a record ninth wicket stand of 102 with Ben Hilfenhaus, who scored 19.

The Tasmanian-born Wade, who plays for Victoria, arrived at his maiden fifty off 110 balls but sped to his century after that, needing just another 33 deliveries to reach three figures. Along the way, he carted Narsingh Deonarine for six and added two more maximums off consecutive balls from Shillingford to move into the 90s.

Wade's landmark came with a flowing extra cover drive off Roach for another boundary and brought a leap of delight as well as a kiss of the Australian badge on his helmet.

Shillingford, watched by his mother Ruthina and dad Henson, returned to wrap up the innings by removing Wade and Hilfenhaus in the same over.

Wade was brilliantly held at deep midwicket by Darren Bravo, who took the catch, lobbed it into the air as he went over the rope, and casually returned into the field of play to pouch the ball again.

Hilfenhaus, who hit one six off 60 balls, was bowled two balls later off his body as he swung to leg.

Australia's positive momentum continued after lunch when Hilfenhaus struck in his second over to claim Kraigg Brathwaite for a third successive duck. The 19-year-old chased an outswinger and edged to first slip where Ryan Harris grabbed the opportunity at the second attempt.

Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell fought back with a determined second wicket stand of 61. Barath was particularly strong on the off side, lashing four boundaries in 29.

Powell survived a difficult left-handed chance to Ricky Ponting at short extra cover off Lyon when 30, hitting two fours off 90 balls in just under two hours.

Lyon eventually broke the association when Barath turned a big-spinning off-break off inside edge and pad straight to Ed Cowan at short leg. Cowan was soon in the action again, grasping an even easier chance in the next over as Darren Bravo (10) fell to part-timer Warner's well-pitched leg break and the hosts went to tea at 75-3.

Australia took control after the break as Powell dragged on to Lyon after striking two fours off 95 balls in two and a half hours. The collapse continued with the scalps of Narsingh Deonarine, Carlton Baugh, Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford as the West Indies dipped to 120 for 8.

Deonarine was lbw to Ryan Harris from around the wicket, Baugh prodded to short leg off Lyon, Sammy was run out by Cowan's direct hit and Shillingford was bowled off the inside edge by Starc first ball.

Chanderpaul, who has seen it all before in his 140 Tests, provided a mini-revival in the final 45 minutes, hitting two fours. He shared a stand of 45 unbroken with Rampaul, who was positive in striking four fours off 33 balls.

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