West Indies 38 for 4 (Thomas 8*, Holder 8*, Boland 3-9) and 214 (Chanderpaul 47, Phillip 43, Lyon 3-57) want 459 runs to beat Australia 199 for six dec (Khawaja 45, Joseph 3-33) and 511 for 7 dec
The guests misplaced 10 wickets on day three throughout two innings, with Australia piling up 199 for six declared in 31 overs in between after the hosts opted in opposition to imposing the follow-on as they did in Perth. Instead, they declared at sundown and requested West Indies to face 22 overs below lights with Boland ripping by way of their prime order taking three wickets in his first over to depart the guests reeling at 15 for 3.
Having gone wicketless within the first innings to see his Test bowling common attain double-figures, Boland dropped it again below 10 as he nicked off Kraigg Brathwaite, pinned Shamarh Brooks lbw, and had Jermaine Blackwood caught beautifully at gully by Cameron Green in six good deliveries.
Devon Thomas and Jason Holder dug in valiantly for 13.3 overs to forestall additional losses however pushing the sport past a fourth day seems inconceivable.
Earlier, West Indies misplaced six wickets within the morning session for 112 to be bowled out for simply 214 of their first innings, having began the day at 102 for 4, to concede a first-innings deficit of 297. The morning was highlighted by two calamitous run-outs of West Indies’ two prime scorers within the innings with Chanderpaul and nightwatchman Anderson Phillip falling to pointless mix-ups.
West Indies’ day began with Chanderpaul run-out within the opening over with out including to his in a single day rating of 47. He defended a ball shut into the off aspect and wished a fast single however Phillip didn’t reply leaving Chanderpaul scrambling to return to security. Starc, having delivered from across the wicket, raced throughout to his proper and opened his physique beautifully to fireside together with his left hand and hit the center of center from shut vary with Chanderpaul’s full-length dive not sufficient to save lots of him.
Holder was out two overs later edging a full ball from Starc that tailed away and Alex Carey took a superb catch low to his proper.
Phillip and Joshua Da Silva then mounted a constructive rearguard placing collectively a brisk 60-run stand in 13 overs. The strokeplay was aggressive regardless of the working between the wickets remaining questionable. Playing in simply his second Test match, Phillip had solely reached double-figures in ten of his earlier 30 first-class innings with a highest rating of 36 not out.
He struck 5 boundaries and a six to put up his highest first-class rating whereas Da Silva seemed safe and rotated the strike nicely and was solely threatened by Phillip’s lackadaisical working. Da Silva may have been run out on the striker’s finish after Phillip made a really late name to take a single to mid-off however the throw from Michael Neser was huge of the stumps.
Phillip almost ran himself out having lazily grounded his bat wanting his floor when Marnus Labuschagne missed an try to interrupt the stumps after gathering a large throw. It would have been no shock given he was penalised for working one quick earlier within the partnership.
Da Silva was trapped lbw by Lyon enjoying deep in his crease to a ball that spun again sharply. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena initially shook his head however Australia’s evaluation overturned the decision because it was hitting the highest of center. Lyon would later snare Alzarri Joseph with an similar dismissal.
Phillip lastly ran himself out when Roston Chase ignored a pointless name for a single after a misfield at cowl. The ball ricocheted to Labuschagne at mid-off. Phillip got here midway down earlier than turning again after Chase known as no. Labuschagne’s throw on the striker’s finish missed however Carey had time to gather and underarm onto the stumps as he was nonetheless working up from his protecting place.
Chase and Marquino Mindley annoyed the Australians with a last-wicket stand of 43. Mindley fought admirably given he was batting with a hamstring harm flicking Starc for six over backward sq.. Carey, David Warner and Labuschagne all missed probabilities behind the wicket off sharp edges with Cameron Green denied twice.
Labuschagne and Steven Smith feasted on the spin of Chase and Brathwaite thereafter with a relentless array of sweeps and reverse sweeps earlier than tea. Labuschagne turn into simply the second Australian batter to go 500 runs in a two-Test collection however fell within the final over earlier than the break for 31. Travis Head got here out after tea and clubbed 38 not out off 27 balls to arrange a declaration. Green and Carey have been the one ones failing to make 28 or extra, each falling unselfishly in pursuit of fast runs with Green’s lack of time within the center this summer season remaining a priority.
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo