Nathan Lyon’s spin spell helped Australia to win against the West Indies at lunch on the fifth day of the first cricket Test at the Perth Stadium here on Sunday. Chasing Australia’s target of 498, the West Indies began the final day at 192 for three but Lyon took the team to 257 for seven at lunch. Australia now need just three wickets to win the first Test.
At lunch, Roston Chase was playing on 13 while Alzarri Joseph was on 15. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite played an excellent inning of 110 runs for the West Indies. On Sunday, the West Indies team was in a good position at 207 for three at one stage, but after that they lost four wickets in 17 overs and their score was 233 for seven wickets. Lyon (4/81) dismissed yesterday’s unbeaten batsmen Brathwaite and Kyle Myers (10) within 15 balls of the first hour’s play. Lyon bowled Brathwaite with a fast-spinning ball after Myers was caught by Steve Smith in the slips.
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Brathwaite faced 118 balls and hit 13 fours during his 11th Test century. Jason Holder (03) caught Smith in the slips off part-time spinner Travis Head, after which Josh Hazlewood ended the innings of wicket-keeper batsman Joshua da Silva (12). The West Indies team has not beaten Australia since May 2003 when Brian Lara’s captaincy defeated Steve Waugh’s team. If the second Test will be played from December 8, it will be a day-night match.