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The hope of history is gradually disappearing

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West Indies have not won against Australia for 21 years. Windies have not been able to beat the Australians in Tests at home and away since their world record win in St. Jones in 2003.

After the world record, West Indies got a chance to end that drought with another record. In the day and night Test, Australia is far from losing the Test, and has not even drawn. The team was caught by the visitors. But Brisbane almost lost that opportunity to the Windies.

The hosts need just 156 runs to win the Brisbane Test. Today, the third day’s play ended with the team scoring 60 runs for 3 wickets.

Indies have not given up hope yet. With the way the story has changed every session in the Brisbane Test, tomorrow may bring a new surprise. Batting collapsed West Indies crossed three hundreds on the first day. The next day, Australia lost by only 24 runs and did not give up. Alex Carey and Pat Cummins’ one-day pace of Australia declared the innings by nearly three hundred in two innings.

Even today the drama in the game was good. Along with the appearance of Cyclone Kirilli, this Test promises great thrills.

If Kemar Roach and Alhazari Joseph had taken care of Spain first, Australia might not have ended the day so comfortably. After Usman Khawaja gifted the wicket, Marnus Labuschagne was also dismissed unable to handle the opposing conditions.

The tourists could not use the opportunity to collapse under the light of floodlights. Steve Smith had the best day today trying to adapt to the Test opening. His 56-ball 33 and Cameron Green’s unbeaten 9 kept things going in the last half hour.

And Mitchell Starc has also contributed. A ‘toe-crusher’ yorker from him not only ended the West Indies’ innings, but also drew blood from pacer Shamar Joseph’s big toe. The hero of the first match could not bowl today.

West Indies started the day with a lead of 35 runs for 1 wicket. Although not a big pair, the team scored 148 runs for 4 wickets. 170 runs lead, 6 wickets in hand. In day-night Tests, a target of two and a half runs becomes enough to win the match. In such a situation, the possibility of Australia losing the first Test under the light of floodlights arose well.

But the in-form Kavem Hodge went wide of the wicket while playing the shot, and Travis Head took the opportunity to hit the ball on the stumps. After Hodge’s departure for 29 runs, the top scorer of the first innings also departed after 9 runs. Justin Greaves and Kevin Sinclair tried to handle the 27-run partnership. But Josh Hazlewood broke that barrier. When the last 4 wickets fell for 9 runs, West Indies stopped at 193 runs. Hazlewood got 3 wickets for 23 runs, Lion also got 3 wickets.


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