1st Test, Kingston, May 22-26 2008, Australia tour of West Indies
431 & 167
(67 ov, target 287)
312 & 191
Australia won by 95 runs
Player Of The Match
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Bravo hopes West Indies' prayers are answered

West Indies have no need to start praying for an outstanding victory over Australia because they have been doing it three times a day already

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Scorecard summary
Australia431(126.5 overs)1st Innings
Ricky Ponting158 (224)
Fidel Edwards5/104(26.5)
Daren Sammy2/78(29)
West Indies312(106 overs)1st Innings
Australia167(56.5 overs)2nd Innings
Brad Hodge27 (53)
Dwayne Bravo4/47(18.5)
Daren Powell3/36(15)
West Indies191(67 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 671 runs • 2 wicket
WI: 191/10CRR: 2.85 
Fidel Edwards9 (14)
Stuart MacGill14-2-43-2
Brett Lee22-6-81-2

The day started with hope of a tantalising contest but Stuart Clark made it a no contest with a five-for. He hit a nagging length, persisted with a probing line, cut the ball both ways and produced mistakes from the batsmen. One by one they went down. Lee didn't allow them to breath easy either and picked couple of crucial top order wickets. Mitchell Johnson and MacGill were pretty disappointing, couldn't apply any pressure but the damage had already been done by the new-ball bowlers.The tail wagged but by then, it was all over bar the shouting. Australia have won the first Test of this series.

West Indies have flattered to deceive. For four days they matched Australia for blow for blow but just stumbled at the end. No one will forget Chanderpaul's courage after he continued batting after taking a sickening blow on his head. And all in all, we have had a fascinating Test match.

Sarwan: I thought we played well through out the match, the bowlers bowled very well in the second innings to give us a chance but it didn't go our way. Our fielding was outstanding. There are lots of positives to take from this match. Fidel bowled very well and Shiv's hundred. We have to learn from his knock. Hopefully Gayle and Taylor can get fit for the next Test.

Ponting: It was a hard fought Test match. For the first two days we dominated but West Indies came back strongly on the third day. I thought Andrew Symonds' innings yesterday was very crucial and then Clark and Lee were very good. As we saw in the second innings, West Indies have a very capable bowling attack. Chanderpaul's innings was outstanding. They have two players who might be fit for the next Test and hopefully we will have another good Test match. The atmosphere right through this Test match was great and that's why we Australians love playing here. We played really well today, didn't give any easy runs.

Man of the Match: Stuart Clark : "The wicket was good for bowling; it was up and down. I just think it was my day today. Mitchell and Macgill bowled well." ... Asked whether he prefers the new ball: "It's hard, new and bouncy. Of course I prefer that. But whatever the team needs. It's Ricky's decision!

And that's it from us. On behalf of my scorers Srinivas Raju and Raghav, this is Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game, saying good bye and good luck. Thanks for logging on for the last five days. Join us for the second Test.

MacGill to Jaggernauth, OUT
Australia have won by 95 runs. Jaggernauth goes for a first-ball duck. It spun in to him, past the bat and bounded off the pad to short leg. No bat there, definitely. Aussies appeal very confidently and Tiffin raised his finger. That's that. Game over.
AS Jaggernauth c Jaques b MacGill 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
MacGill to Powell, OUT
MacGill gets his first wicket. Powell stands there for a brief moment before he walks away. It was a loopy flighted one, turning from the middle stump, Powell goes for a drive and the tv replay doesn't show an edge. There must have been sound for the umpire to have given it. Many a time, the replays don't show such edges, we need a snickometer or the hot spot.
DBL Powell c †Haddin b MacGill 27 (51m 35b 6x4 0x6) SR: 77.14
MacGill to Powell, no run
similar line, again he opens up the stance, clears his front leg and defends. Well played.
MacGill to Powell, no run
similar delivery, Powell opens his stance and dabs to short leg
MacGill to Edwards, 1 run
flghted on the leg stump line and Edwards does well to play with soft hands past short leg.
MacGill to Edwards, no run
tosses it up outside off stump, Edwards goes for a big drive but misses

MacGill to bowl.

end of over 669 runs
WI: 190/8CRR: 2.87 
Daren Powell27 (32)
Fidel Edwards8 (12)
Brett Lee22-6-81-2
Stuart Clark20-8-32-5
Lee to Powell, no run
from wide of the crease, bangs in a bouncer well outside off, Powell reaches out, wants to pull and it bounds off the inner edge on to his body.
Lee to Powell, 1 no ball
full again, just outside off and it keeps low, Powell crouches to keep it out. It's a no ball. Lee wants to know how much he had overstepped and the umpire gives him the bad news.
Lee to Powell, FOUR runs
What a shot! In swinging full toss and Powell drives very well, straight past the bowler. Thunderous applause rings around the arena.
Lee to Powell, no run
fuller one now and is driven to mid-off
Lee to Powell, FOUR runs
edged past the second slip. It was a length delivery outside off stump that moved away, Powell hung his bat out, away from the body and it flew where a third slip would have been there. Lee was starting to jump in joy but ...
Lee to Powell, no run
leans well forward to defend very compactly. And you should hear the crowd!
Lee to Powell, no run
leans forward to push a full length delivery to covers
end of over 654 runs
WI: 181/8CRR: 2.78 
Fidel Edwards8 (12)
Daren Powell19 (25)
Stuart Clark20-8-32-5
Brett Lee21-6-72-2
Clark to Edwards, no run
a slower one, Edwards waits and pushes to the off side. Generous applause around the ground. Pity. this lovely crowd needed a closer finish. Aussies won't be complaining though.
Clark to Edwards, no run
fullish, on the stumps, pushed to the on side
Clark to Edwards, no run
he moved outside leg and flat-batted a length delivery past the bowler and to mid-on. The throw comes to Haddin who whips the bails off but Edwards drags his bat over the line in time.
Clark to Edwards, no run
yorker on the leg stump line, withdraws his front leg, jams his bat down and squeezes it to square leg
Clark to Edwards, no run
another swing but no contact this time. It was a swipe across the line and no wood on leather.
Best performances - batsmen
RT Ponting
158 runs (224)
16 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
S Chanderpaul
118 runs (276)
13 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
34 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SR Clark
FH Edwards
Match details
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Stuart Clark
Series resultAustralia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1875
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days22,23,24,25,26 May 2008 (5-day match)
Test debut
Amit Jaggernauth
Brad Haddin
Russell Tiffin
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Norman Malcolm
Reserve Umpire
Clancy Mack
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama