Australia complete stunning Test victory over West Indies in Bridgetown gloom
22:55 GMT, 11 April 2012
Australia sealed a dramatic comeback win by three wickets in fading light on the final day of the opening Test against West Indies in Bridgetown.
Chasing a teasing victory target of 192 over the final two sessions, the tourists snuck home following a slightly nervy chase that was led by Shane Watson's 52.
Life of Ryan: Harris celebrates after scoring the winning run
Australia bowled out West Indies for 148 on the stroke of lunch, with Ben Hilfenhaus grabbing four for 27, before they initially laboured in pursuit.
Watson and Ed Cowan (34) laid the platform for the chase but, after part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine claimed four quick wickets, Australia needed Michael Hussey to blast 32 from 26 balls to get them home in the gloom.
It completed a remarkable turnaround after Australia were totally outplayed on the opening three days, before the match turned around skipper Michael Clarke's bold declaration yesterday.
Flying the flag: The away fans celebrate a famous win in Bridgetown
West Indies were in complete control after posting a first-innings total of 449 before reducing Australia to 285 for eight on what turned into a chaotic fourth day.
But man-of-the-match Ryan Harris' maiden Test half-century sparked the recovery as the last two wickets put on 122 to allow Clarke to declare 43 runs short and insert West Indies with the momentum going against them.
It proved a masterstroke as Hilfenhaus turned the game further with three wickets in six balls before Harris (three for 31) tidied up the tail this morning.
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That left his batsmen with 192 to secure victory but a painfully slow West Indies over-rate, and some unhurried Australia batting, in the afternoon session threatened to deny Clark's men a fifth successive Test win.
They reached tea at 61 for one, with Ed Cowan inching to 11 from 61 balls, as Australia sought to set the stage for late fireworks.
Watson initially provided the hitting after tea as he brought up his half-century, from 54 balls, but when he became Deonarine's first victim, pulling a long hop to backward square leg, Australia started to show signs of nerves.
Deonarine removed Cowan, after he had faced 100 balls, Ricky Ponting and Clarke in the space of 14 runs to give the hosts a scent of victory at 140 for five.
Centre of attention: Hilfenhaus took three wickets in six balls
But Hussey set to work, his pace hastened by the setting sun, clattering two sixes in his knock only to fall three runs short of the target when bowled by Kemar Roach.
It mattered not though as Hilfenhaus scrambled the winning run soon after to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. West Indies began this morning trying to dig themselves out of the hole they made for themselves yesterday, but suffered an almost immediate setback when Harris trapped Deonarine plumb in front.
Skipper Darren Sammy, who had been dropped by Lyon in the deep, then departed in unfortunate circumstances.
The all-rounder defended Watson with loose hands, and as the ball squirmed back towards his stumps, he instinctively tried to stop it with his foot only to kick it on to his wicket.
Carlton Baugh and Fidel Edwards quickly followed before a last-wicket stand of 23 between Roach and Devendra Bishoo edged the hosts' to a lead of 191 which proved just short of enough.