A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.
|1-1a||Australia 53/0 off 14||Australia|
|1-1b||Australia 21/2 off 13||West Indies|
|1-2a||Australia 33/1 off 15||West Indies|
|1-2b||Australia 25/0 off 14||draw|
|1-3a||Australia 46/2 off 17||West Indies|
|1-3b||Australia 30/0 off 17||Australia|
|2-1a||Australia 15/1 off 9.1||West Indies|
|2-1b||Australia 44/0 off 12.5||Australia|
|2-2a||Australia 23/0 off 13||draw|
|2-2b||Australia 21/4 off 10||West Indies|
|2-3a||West Indies 38/3 off 15.1||Australia|
|2-3b||West Indies 11/0 off 10.2||Australia|
|3-1a||West Indies 51/1 off 17.1||West Indies|
|3-1b||West Indies 32/0 off 17.2||draw|
|3-2a||West Indies 56/0 off 14.3||West Indies|
|3-3a||West Indies 42/1 off 12.4||West Indies|
|3-3b||West Indies 22/4 off 16.5||Australia|
|4-1||West Indies 5/1 off 0.4||West Indies|
|Australia 40/2 off 20|
|4-2||Australia 33/1 off 10||Australia|
|5-1||Australia 50/2 off 25||West Indies|
|5-2a||Australia 37/3 off 6.5||Australia|
|5-2b||West Indies 52/2 off 11||West Indies|
West Indies win the mini-session count 11-8, but the rain wins the match. I counted 4-1a and 4-1b together as there was only 5 overs between drinks and the rain.
End of day 5:West Indies generally played better cricket in this test, but Australia were probably in the best position, had there been no rain. Australia seem to be quite good at taking wickets in bunches and not losing them in bunches.
Kemar Roach was the stand out performer in the match, taking a 10 wicket haul. He's only the 2nd West Indian to take a 10 wicket bag since Courtney Walsh retired.
The other performance of note was Michael Beer. While match figures of 2/66 are hardly astounding, the fact that he opened the bowling in both innings and looked threatening really gives the Australian selectors something to think about. If he can play a role like this, then he becomes a little more valuable for Australia.
We head now to Dominica, to see if West Indies can square up the series.
End of day 4:And than a good game was ruined. There's still time for a result, but I don't think it's going to happen. It's a pity, because this game was really looking good. Roach continued to be impressive, Ed Cowan continued to average 30 by scoring 30. But the real story was that rain ruined the game.
End of day 3:How quickly a game can change. In the last 17 overs West Indies went from 230/4 to 252/9. At 230/4 They were in the lead. Now they are in a lot of trouble. All 5 wickets went to Nathan Lyon. James Pattinson seems to have been under bowled, There seems little point in bringing in a quick bowler and giving him only 11 overs out of 104.
Tomorrow will be an interesting challenge for the Australian batsmen. They will probably have a lead of about 50 runs. But 3 quick wickets and the game swings back towards West Indies. The problem with that is that if they take too long to score, West Indies should be able to bat out for a draw. There have been very few batsmen dismissed defending in this test, so Australia will want to give themselves at least 4 sessions to bowl West Indies out. Their best chance will be to set West Indies about 280 with 4 sessions remaining. That will almost certainly be too much to score on this pitch, but it will be small enough that they might have a shot at it, allowing Australia a better chance to take the wickets. Unfortunately captains just don't do this in test matches. They would have to take too many risks to score the runs that quickly, and there is no way that Clarke would declare in that situation. The closest declaration that we have seen to this in the last 10 years was probably when Ponting set India 299 off 85 overs in Bangalore, 2008. There are a very good set of articles about declarations (and captaincy in general) on the Declaration Game which is one of the blogs that I read the most.
Tea day 3: Again Chanderpaul is making Australia suffer. They dropped him on 8, and he is adding insult to injury now. Deonarine made a very patient start (3 off 41) before starting to assert himself (34 off the next 60). This partnership has eaten up almost all the advantage that Australia had. Something interesting to look for: If Chanderpaul gets out for 136 in this innings or more, he will have got his career batting average up to 50, that's very impressive, given he averaged 39 after 50 matches.
End of day 2: Michael Beer became the first spin bowler to open the bowling for Australia in the first innings of a test since 1938. Michael Clarke's decision to do this worked wonders. The first session tomorrow wil rest on how Chanderpaul and Bravo settle in. Bravo is due for a big innings, and a lot of the batsmen who have scored big at Queens Park have been ones who move their feet a lot (like Chanderpaul). With the ball turning and bouncing, this could be an awesome couple of days of test cricket.
Tea day 2: West Indies will be happy to have restricted Australia to 311. Over the last 10 years every team that has scored under 350 in the first innings at Queens Park has gone on to lose the match. However it seems to be playing a bit more like the Queens Park of the 90's where low scoring matches were the norm. It is obviously a very difficult pitch to score on. Hussey and Pattinson put on a long partnership but played and missed a lot, and it took them 39 overs to score 89 runs.
End of day 1: West Indies will be happy with the position that they are in. The team that bats first in Barbados normally gets a big score, so restricting Australia to 205 at the end of the first day is quite an effort. Australia will also be reasonably upbeat, knowing that there is potentially a lot of runs in their tail, and they have only lost 5 wickets. It seems an odd decision to have left out Harris, as he bowls very good cutters, and they could be very dangerous on this pitch. It might be the sort of test where Michael Hussey gets to bowl quite a few of his ugly but effective overs also.
Tea day 1: West Indies have put Australia under a lot of scoreboard pressure. Sammy and Shillingford have bowled very tightly. Shillingford seems to have an ability to make the batsmen misjudge the length. This is one of the best weapons that a spin bowler can posses, so he may be better than his mediocre statistics suggest. A low, slow pitch could make for an interesting test match.