Bollinger sparkles for Oz

2009-12-19 00:00

DOUG Bollinger was responsible for a sudden swing from flooding runs to raining wickets before the West Indies surged back to remain in contention in the deciding third Test at the Waca in Perth yesterday.

Despite falling to a worrying 137 for 8 in their second innings by stumps on the third day, Australia still managed an enviable position and will enter the fourth day with a 345-run lead following the scare.

Bollinger grabbed 5 for 70 and ensured an advantage of 208 for the hosts before Ricky Ponting did not enforce the follow-on and ordered his team to provide a match-winning total. That assignment became a severe struggle when the West Indies were inspired by Dwayne Bravo (3/34) and Sulieman Benn (2/26) on a cracking surface that is becoming less predictable.

* The series is not being covered by the major news agencies.


Australia 520 for 7 dec; 137 for 8 lead West Indies 312 (Gayle 102, Dowlin 55, Bollinger 5-70) by 345 runs.

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