In a riveting display of skill and determination, a commanding performance was delivered by Australia‘s opening bowlers, with four-fers picked up by Pat Cummins (4-41) and Josh Hazlewood (4-44), marking the first day of the Adelaide Test against West Indies. The day unfolded with dramatic collapses, remarkable debuts, and a touch of defiance, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats.
A Bold Move Pays Off
Bucking the trend of the venue’s history, the decision to send West Indies in to bat first was made under overcast conditions. A masterful choice, as Tagenarine Chanderpaul was enticed into a drive by Cummins in the 10th over, securing the crucial breakthrough. The dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite followed shortly, courtesy of an absolute peach of a delivery by the Australia captain.
Precision Unleashed by Hazlewood
Joining the party ahead of lunch, Hazlewood delivered a nip-backer that dismantled Alick Athannaze’s woodwork. Despite a valiant effort from Kirk McKenzie and debutant Kavem Hodge in a fourth-wicket partnership, the middle and lower order were later torn through by Hazlewood and Cummins, leaving West Indies reeling.
Shamar’s Resilience Steals the Show
Amidst the wreckage, debutant Shamar Joseph emerged as a beacon of resilience. In a spirited display, the Australian bowlers were frustrated by his 55-run final-wicket stand, and his impactful debut with the ball saw ‘new opener’ Steve Smith dismissed cheaply with his very first delivery in Test cricket, adding a touch of flair to an already enthralling day.
Australia’s Reply and Shamar’s Brilliance
As the crease was taken by Australia, Shamar continued to be a thorn in their side, claiming the wickets of Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. However, the storm was weathered by Usman Khawaja and Cam Green, guiding Australia to 59/2 by the day’s end, with the deficit reduced to just 129 runs.
Shamar’s Gutsy Knock: A Stark Contrast
A stark contrast to West Indies’ earlier struggles was showcased by Shamar’s fearless batting against Hazlewood’s short-ball challenge. While application was lacking in other batters, Shamar’s 36-run knock took West Indies from a precarious 133/9 to a more respectable total of 188.
In a day filled with twists and turns, the limelight was stolen by Australia’s pace duo of Cummins and Hazlewood, who decimated the West Indies batting order. The impactful debut of Shamar Joseph added an emotional touch to the proceedings, making the day truly unforgettable. As the next day approaches, the stage is set for more exhilarating cricket action in the Adelaide Test.