Australia's first innings of the second Test match against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston was steered single handedly by Steve Smith, who was unfortunately dismissed at a score of 199 on Day 2.
Australia reached a total of 399 and then it was the Aussie bowlers who reduced the hosts to 143 for eight at the end of Day 2. West Indies batsmen yet again put up a dismal batting effort against the upbeat Aussies and it will be an uphill task for them to reach anywhere close to Australia's total of 399.
West Indies tail-enders will have to bat really well now. Earlier on Day 2, Jerome Taylor came up with a brilliant bowling performance to reduce Australia to 330 for eight. But yet again their inability to clean up the Aussie tail cost them another 66 runs. Smith and Josh Hazlewood added 63 runs towards the end of the first innings and powered Australia to a score of 399.
Taylor picked up six for 47 and was phenomenal unlike the other West Indian bowlers. Later, when the hosts came out to bat, they had 15 overs before Tea and another session to shape their innings. But they lost three wickets in that little session of play before tea. Jermaine Blackwood was the only batsman to go past the half century mark but he was dismissed by Hazlewood soon after that.
Nathan Lyon and Hazlewood picked up six wickets (three each) and Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson picked one wicket each to reduce West Indies to score a of 143 for eight at the end of Day 2 of the second Test at Sabina Park in Kingston.
Lyon also set a new Australian record of becoming the leading wicket-taking off-spinner going past Hugh Trumble's record of 141 wickets in 32 Test matches. Lyon now has 144 wickets in 41 Test matches and he is not done yet. He can add some more scalps to his name in the near future. But he is way behind the leading wicket taker in Test cricket for Australia, Shane Warne who has 708 wickets to his name.
At the start of Day 3, West Indies will have only one thing in mind and that will be how to avoid that follow on. If Jason Holder (who is still at the crease batting on 13) manages to score those runs then the hosts might still get a chance to get back in this final Test match of the Frank Worrell series or else a whitewash is not far. This will give the Aussies a major boost in confidence just before their Ashes series in England, which is scheduled to start in July. An interesting day of Test cricket is on the cards.
Where to Watch Live
West Indies vs Australia 2nd Test match Day 1 is scheduled for a 10:00 AM WIT(7:30 IST, 14:00 GMT and 12:00 AM AEST) start with live coverage in India and West Indies on Ten Cricket. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on cricket.com.au and Tensports.com.
Viewers in the UK can watch the first Test between West Indies and Australia on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD and can live-stream it on skysports.com.
Cricket fans in Australia can watch the match live on Fox Sports. For viewers in the US, the live streaming will be on Willow TV.