WI lose battle
MELBOURNE – West Indies delivered a better all-round batting display but were overpowered by Australia inside four days to suffer a draining 177-run defeat in the second cricket Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here yetserday.
Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin scored powerful half-centuries to lead a gutsy fightback but the Aussies prevailed to secure an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.
All seven frontline batsmen got starts as Windies showed determination before they were bowled out for 282 in their second innings after Steven Smith’s overnight declaration on 179 for three.
Holder joined Ramdin with the score on 150-5 and they put on 100 runs for the sixth wicket, but tackling the 460-run deficit was always going to be a tall order.
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