1st Test, Georgetown, Apr 10 - 13 2003, Australia tour of West Indies
237 & 398
(42.1 ov, target 147)489 & 147/1
Australia won by 9 wickets
player of the match
Justin Langer

And yet again Australia win the first Test match in a series against West Indies What a strong performance it has been - victory by 9 wickets It was a good strip for batting, one must say There were five centuries in all in this game and that tells you a thing or two about the balance between bowlers and batsmen Australia chose five specialist bowlers and that is another sign that this wicket was well in favor of the batsmen The West Indian first innings was plagued by loose shots and umpiring errors, causing the hosts to be all out for a mere 237 after winning the toss A brilliant hundred from Chanderpaul was the mainstay of the West Indian first innings, well backed up by Ridley Jacobs (54) So 237 it was then that West Indies managed, with the wickets shared around between the Australian bowlers When the Australians came out to bat there were no hurdles Leading the charge at the top of the innings was Justin Langer The pugnacious left-hander made a match high 146 at the top of the order Ricky Ponting made 117, Adam Gilchrist ever reliable at number six chipped in with a breezy 77 and the tail wagged! Australia replied to West Indies' 237 with a healthy 489 Bowling a tight line and length, Vasbert Drakes returned 5/93, easily the pick of the bowlers In their second innings the home side did much better.

Sparkling tons from Brian Lara, the new captain and Daren Ganga took West Indies to 398 This left the Australians with a target of 147 for a victory Apart from a loss of concentration that cost Matthew Hayden his wicket, the Aussie machine rolled on Langer once again shone, with an innings high of 78 not out With that we come to the end of the coverage of this game at Georgetown There isn't really much suspense about who the Man of the Match should be...

For his knocks of 146 and 78 not out, Justin Lee Langer is the Man of the Match! Richly deserved too, you might say. From here on to the next Test the Australians will hope Langer carries his form through the series With that we come to the end of the coverage of this Test match We enjoyed bringing it to you We hope you'll join us again for the next Test of what promises to be an exciting series Till then, it's a very good evening to you all from the team at Wisden CricInfo Please do send all your comments to Once again, we hope you enjoyed the coverage! Thanks and a very good evening to you all!

Samuels to Ponting, 1 run

fulltoss on the middle and leg stump line, played wide of the mid-on fielder, easy single and it's all over

end of over 423 runs
AUS: 146/1CRR: 3.47 
Justin Langer78 (112)
Ricky Ponting41 (66)
Daren Ganga4-0-9-0
Marlon Samuels9-1-40-0
Ganga to Langer, no run

defended leaning forward

Ganga to Ponting, 1 run

played away to the long-on region, easy single and the scores are par

Ganga to Ponting, no run

tapped away to the short mid-on fielder

Ganga to Ponting, no run
Ganga to Langer, 1 run

quicker delivery on the middle and leg, played wide of the mid-wicket fielder, yet another easy single taken

Ganga to Ponting, 1 run

good length delivery outside the off stump, played wide of the cover fielder, easy single added

Australia require another 4 runs with 9 wickets remaining

end of over 412 runs
AUS: 143/1CRR: 3.48 
Justin Langer77 (110)
Ricky Ponting39 (62)
Marlon Samuels9-1-40-0
Daren Ganga3-0-6-0
Samuels to Langer, 2 runs

short delivery down the leg side, played fine to the fine-leg region, easy couple added to the total

Samuels to Langer, no run

driven straight to the cover fielder

Samuels to Langer, no run


Samuels to Langer, no run

flighted delivery outside the off stump, pushed to the point region

Samuels to Langer, no run

quicker delivery, on the middle, defended

Samuels to Langer, no run