CANBERRA, Australia – West Indies made a strong start but were still facing a challenging run chase on Saturday’s final day of the four-day, ‘pink-ball’ tour match against the Australian Prime Minister’s XI.
Set 309 for victory at Manuka Oval, the touring side closed on 35 without loss with captain Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 19 and rookie Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 15, still needing a further 274 runs for victory.
Both batsmen played positively, Brathwaite nailing a number of crisp drives down the ground and Chanderpaul finding the square boundary on the off side a couple of times.
“It was good to bat out the day for our team and obviously tomorrow we have a big job,” Brathwaite said afterwards.
“We won’t focus on results right away [tomorrow]. The first hour is very crucial. Once we do the simple things right, we set ourselves up at the end of the day.
“It’s still a good pitch to be honest but the Prime Minister’s XI bowled well. So we know we have to work hard. If we bat normally, we can still score at three runs per over which is good.
“But we can’t get carried away. We can’t just say the pitch is good and we’ll score. We have to go out there and work hard. We know they’re going to come hard, especially in the first session so we’ve got to come and put our heads down and fight.”
West Indies’ tail folded disappointingly at the start of Friday’s penultimate day, adding a single run – a no-ball. Overnight batsman Alzarri Joseph (14) and Jayden Seales fell in successive overs, with all-rounder Raymon Reifer unavailable to bat.
Opener Matt Renshaw then slammed an unbeaten 101 – his 17th first class hundred – as the Prime Minister’s XI put West Indies’ bowlers under pressure in marching to 221 for four declared in their second innings.
West Indies struck early when seamer Seales pierced Marcus Harris’s defence to bowl him for five at the start of the sixth over and fast bowler Joseph had Henry Hunt caught at the wicket for two, slashing at a short wide ball three overs later.
Tottering at 13 for two, the Prime Minister’s XI recovered through Renshaw who added an invaluable 145 for the third wicket with Peter Handscomb who made 75.
The left-handed Renshaw, who hit a half-century in the first innings, faced 218 deliveries and counted nine fours while Handscomb, a right-hander, punched half-dozen fours in a 138-ball knock.
Brathwaite got the breakthrough with his part-time off-spin, bowling Handscomb as the right-hander missed a heave but Renshaw further frustrated West Indies by adding a further 35 for the fourth wicket with captain Josh Inglis (15). (CMC)
PM’s XI 1st Innings 322
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 234 for seven)
*K Brathwaite b Steketee 47
T Chanderpaul c wkp Inglis b Paris 119
N Bonner c wkp Inglis b Paris 0
D Thomas b Murphy 8
K Mayers lbw b Murphy 6
+J Da Silva lbw b Murphy 25
R Chase c wkp Inglis b Paris 10
A Joseph lbw b Steketee 14
K Roach not out 0
J Seales c Handscomb b Steketee 0
R Reifer absent
Extras (lb1, nb5) 6
TOTAL (all out, 92.3 overs) 235
Fall of wickets: 1-94, 2-95, 3-116, 4-138, 5-194, 6-208, 7-234, 8-235, 9-235, 10-235
Bowling: Neser 13-2-48-0, Paris 15-4-32-3 (nb1), Steketee 13.3-1-33-3 (nb3), Hardie 10-2-28-0, Murphy 22-8-27-3, Agar 19-1-66-0 (nb1)
PM XI’s 2nd Innings
M Renshaw not out 101
M Harris b Seales 5
H Hunt c wkp Da Silva b Joseph 2
P Handscomb b Brathwaite 75
*+J Inglis c Roach b Thomas 15
A Hardie not out 12
Extras (b9, lb1, w1) 11
TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 70 overs) 221
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-13, 3-158, 4-193.
Bowling: Roach 9-4-10-0, Seales 9-1-28-1, Joseph 11-1-32-1, Chase 18-0-58-0, Thomas 6-1-29-1 (w1), Brathwaite 14-0-39-1, Bonner 3-0-15-0.
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 309 runs)
*K Brathwaite not out 19
T Chanderpaul not out 15
Extras (nb1) 1
TOTAL (without loss, 16 overs) 35
Bowling: Neser 6-1-18-0 (nb1), Paris 5-2-6-0, Steketee 3-0-7-0, Hardie 2-1-4-0.
Position: West Indies require a further 274 runs for victory with all 10 wickets intact.
Toss: PM’s XI.
Umpires: Donovan Koch, Phillip Gillespie.