Brisbane, Jan 27: Chasing a victory target of 216, hosts Australia were 60/2 in 19 overs against West Indies at Stumps on Day 3 of the Second Test at the Gabba, here on Saturday.
Veteran Steven Smith, who has been elevated to the top as an opening batsman, finally looked comfortable in his new role. S
mith was unbeaten on 33 in 56 balls, with five hits to the fence. He was accompanied by Covid-recovered Cameron Green with a fighting 9 in 31 balls.
Earlier, despite a vital 22 runs first innings lead, visitors West Indies were bundled out for just 193 runs in 72.3 overs. That enabled the hosts to make a good comeback into the match.
Earlier, the Caribbeans had scored 311 in their first innings and then successfully restricted mighty Aussies to 289/9(d).
At that juncture, it did appear that West Indies would put up a tough fight and avenge the First Test loss.
But the Australian bowlers returned with vengeance to limit the visitors to just 193 in their second innings, which once again gave both sides an equal opportunity.
Right arm fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and seasoned off-spinner Nathan Lyon shared 3 scalps each. Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green too claimed a wicket each.
Young West Indian batter Kavem Hodge's untimely run out at a time, when he looked solid with a 29 in 74 balls, was a big blow to the Caribbeans. First Test star right-arm pacer Samar Joseph being retired hurt also did not help the visitors ether.
West Indies 311 & 193;
Australia 289/9(d) & 60/2 (19 overs).