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Dwayne Bravo's century rallies West Indies in Australia

Second Test, Adelaide, day one:
West Indies 336-6 v Australia
Match scorecard

Dwayne Bravo
Bravo made his Test debut against England at Lord's in 2004

Dwayne Bravo struck an entertaining century as the West Indies closed the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide on 336-6.

Bravo's third Test hundred contained 12 fours and a six and rescued the Windies from 119-3 after they opted to bat.

He was given out lbw on 104 but called back when a replay ruled the ball was going over, but went four balls later.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul made a typically resolute 62 before he was given out caught behind after another referral.

It was a valiant effort from the Windies, who succumbed to a crushing defeat by an innings and 65 runs in the opening match of the series.

Skipper Chris Gayle began in customary cavalier fashion with three fours and a six within the first three overs, dispatching paceman Doug Bollinger back over his head for a magnificent maximum.

After Adrian Barath was acrobatically caught in the gully by Mike Hussey, Gayle edged off the shoulder of the bat when attempting to upper cut over the slips and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin snaffled a sharp chance high to his right.

Shiv Chanderpaul (left)
Ricky Ponting (far right) calls for the referral that ousts Chanderpaul

Ramnaresh Sarwan added 45 with Chanderpaul , striking four fours in an elegant 28 before splicing one off left-armer Mitchell Johnson to point.

Johnson struck Brendan Nash a painful blow on the forearm which had to be iced during the lunch interval and prevented the left-hander from the returning to the crease for the beginning of the afternoon session.

The Australians were convinced Chanderpaul had edged Bollinger through to Haddin when on 38 and asked for a referral, but the replays confirmed that no contact had been made.

Bravo struck some expansive shots but on 46 was fortunate that Peter Siddle put down a sharply struck return-catch opportunity.

In the next over, the all-rounder was given another life when an edge off spinner Nathan Hauritz flew to safety having flicked off Haddin's thigh and wrong-footed Michael Clarke at slip.


Bravo reached fifty with a stylish straight drive off Siddle and collected another boundary next ball courtesy of an exquisite drive through extra-cover.

On 59 he hooked Siddle to the square-leg boundary, Shane Watson took the catch but realising he was heading over the rope he parried the ball upwards but could not prevent it going for six.

The Australians asked for another review when Chanderpaul prodded forward to Shane Watson and Haddin took the catch.

After several seemingly inconclusive replays Chanderpaul was given out by third umpire Asad Rauf, and in the same over Denesh Ramdin edged back on to his stumps.

Bravo was finally clean bowled by a sharply turning Hauritz delivery, but all-rounder Darren Sammy played an inventive cameo, twice lofting the off- spinner over long-off for six and with Nash returning to share an unbroken 63, the much-maligned Windies finished the day in reasonable shape.

"We are really happy to be in this position that we are in and I am looking forward to the next four days," Bravo said.

The 26-year-old added that the memory of being dismissed for 187 in the first Test was gone and insisted: "We know we will not be bowled out again like that in this series and it's going to be more difficult now to beat us.

"We all respect the Australian team and we hope with this performance we'll get a bit more respect from them also."

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